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Less expensive dog teeth cleaning options in Seattle

Where can I go to get my dog's teeth cleaned in Seattle without completely blowing my budget? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Dec 31, 2016 - 8 answers

What would make someone's teeth/gums constantly ache?

I have gum recession, pretty clearly - which is weird! I use a soft tooth brush and take it easy brushing. It's at the point that I can't drink coffee or eat like tomatoes. Does this sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by benadryl on Dec 8, 2016 - 17 answers

Dental implants or dental crowns for worn down molars

Over the years I have worn down my back teeth due to Bruxism (I'm 63). My dentist recommended crowns on the back teeth to build them up so that my bottom teeth don't cut into the roof of my mouth, but I am thinking dental implants would make more sense. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Dec 1, 2016 - 15 answers

How often do you really need dental xrays? How to decline them?

How often do you really need to get teeth x-rayed? How can I stop the dentist from talking down to me about this when I don't want them? [more inside]
posted by hyperion on Sep 13, 2016 - 27 answers

How bad does it need to get?

My dentist is in no hurry to deal with agonising pain - what to do? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb on Sep 3, 2016 - 19 answers

neutral flavor tooth care

I'm looking for a better toothpaste and fluoride rinse, but I hate most flavors. What is available/good? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 1, 2016 - 22 answers

What is up with my gums?

Does anyone else here have gum disease that just keeps getting worse and worse no matter what you try? Has anything stopped it in its tracks? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Aug 11, 2016 - 30 answers


One of my teeth (a lateral incisor) is a fair bit bigger than the corresponding tooth on the other side, which I'm a bit self-conscious about. I've discussed this with my dentist and he recommended bonded composite veneers. Could you please tell me about your experience with veneers (especially the bonded composite variety)? Should I go for it, or should I just try to get over my goofy smile? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Aug 11, 2016 - 6 answers

How late is too late for teeth to fall out?

I took my 14-year-old kid to the dentist for a check-up, and it turns out that her upper baby canines have never fallen out. Uh, now what? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jul 12, 2016 - 31 answers

A retainer to keep my crooked teeth crooked--is it worth it?

In the last year or two my previously non-crooked teeth have become noticeably crooked and crowded. I'm worried they will only continue to get more out of alignment. I asked my dentist for some options and she suggested a retainer to wear at night to keep them from shifting further. Does it make sense to do this without having them straightened first? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 24, 2016 - 7 answers

What kind of Teeth Flosser and brand should we get?

Just like it says on the tin! What type of Teeth Flosser should we get? Which type of flosser do you use and love? More details within... [more inside]
posted by jbenben on May 31, 2016 - 17 answers

So My Teeth Are Falling Out - Need Periodontist or Dentist?

IKYNMP, am in need of some major decision making right now and am in a loop. Need some clarity and if you know a lot about this subject please help. I am in Israel right now and don't know where to go, who is good and qualified and even what kind of help I should go for as preliminary care. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 18, 2016 - 9 answers

I need to replace my mouth

So a combination of subpar dentistry, un-fluoridated water, and previous neglect have left most of my teeth in A State. A state that really needs to be fixed. At this point, I need a full reconstruction and I'm rather overwhelmed by choice and, I guess, fear. Help? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on May 12, 2016 - 18 answers

Dentist in DC for a custom night guard

My DC dentist has informed me that, one of these days, my nighttime gnashing will rid my mouth of any hint of tooth. They suggested that I get a night guard. Where in the area should I get a custom one for less than the $700 they quoted me? [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh on Apr 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Should my teeth be doing this?

I had a crown that didn't mesh well with surrounding teeth for about two years. The crown has been sanded away to fit better (no sharp pain when I chew), but in the meantime I realized that my teeth and bite have shifted quite noticeably during this time. Dentist says it's not a cause for concern, but I'm concerned. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions - what to expect

Beloved cat needs teeth extracted due to Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions. How did this surgery go for your cat? I'm worried, and struggling to choose a vet. Considering cost, equipment, experience, and gut instinct. Which vet should I use? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 23, 2016 - 19 answers

Persistently painful crown

I've had a crown on one of my molars for a couple years now, and it's never felt right. On my last visit to the dentist, they essentially told me I was SOL. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Dec 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Is it really just making your tooth a cathode?

Does anyone know how Reminova's Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation works, in the details? Is there a patent application somewhere I could read? Is there a forum somewhere where people are trying to recreate it, or talking about how it works in a lot more detail than the news articles? Basically, I want to know how it works. :)
posted by freyley on Dec 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Please help me smile. Cosmetic dentistry is complex and expensive and...

I'm confused. I am in an HMO dental plan and while my teeth are functional I have some issues with teeth with some decay, a missing tooth, coloration and misaligned teeth. I sometimes have irritation from cold or sweets and even tenderness when chewing. I have begun the steps to receive this dental treatment to include necessary tooth repair and cosmetic restoration. [more inside]
posted by Jim_Jam on Oct 20, 2015 - 5 answers

I have a question about eating disorders and dental health.

I have a question about eating disorders and dental health. It's probably not something you want to read if you are also struggling with ED or in recovery. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Oct 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me manage my TMJ disorder?

What has worked for you, fellow TMJ disorder sufferers? [more inside]
posted by sweetshine on Oct 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me understand the different type of Dental Implants

I want to get dental implants which my dentist recomended I get last year. I didn't have the money because He said they're about $3000 each toothe and I need 4 teeeth done. I am considering going with my son to Thailand for medical tourism, where the price is about half as much. But I am confused about all the different types of dental implants. Please help me understand all these terms Details inside. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Oct 9, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I manage my flipper / retainer?

I'm wearing a flipper to fill a toothless gap in the front of my mouth. This is my first full day with it. I need tips/tricks/advice on taking it out discretely at meals and not losing it. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Sep 18, 2015 - 13 answers

What are my options for night guards?

I just got quoted 750$ from my dentist and my insurance doesn't cover night guards at all. Help me figure out my options? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Aug 26, 2015 - 16 answers

How to end night teeth grinding? Mouthguards just treat the symptom...

I've been grinding my teeth for years - but in the past year it has gotten dramatically worse. So much so that I'm now in pain (jaw) and my new dentist tells me that something must be done. Is there an alternative to night mouth guards? Are there any real solutions? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Aug 12, 2015 - 31 answers

Can hypercalcification prevent cavities?

The dentist told me my teeth are hypercalcified and that is why they're strong, but when I look up "hypercalcification" it seems to be a defect. Anyone heard of this? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 2, 2015 - 0 answers

Did a recent teeth cleaning make my teeth more likely to chip and break?

I ate some popcorn today and chipped the back of one of my lower front teeth. There is a sizable chunk missing. I didn't even crunch down on an unpopped kernel or anything, so this is a bit strange. I'm wondering if the recent teeth cleaning I had - which involved a heavy amount of scraping to the back of my teeth - somehow weakened my enamel and made it more likely to break. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jun 6, 2015 - 8 answers

What loss of function would I receive if I lost all my teeth

For reasons related to Social Security, I need to show that I need dental surgery in order to keep functioning at work. I will be meeting my periodontal team today to ask them for their expertise, but I would like the hive mind's take on it before I go. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get a dentist to take my inflamed and bleeding gums seriously?

I went through a period of time where I didn't take as good care of my teeth as I should have due to excessive stress in my life. I wasn't flossing, didn't brush very often and also was grinding and clenching my teeth a lot. [more inside]
posted by sely on May 6, 2015 - 17 answers

You're almost certainly not my dentist

I've got a potential issue with some dental work sequencing - should I get a filling now or wait until I've had my wisdom teeth taken out next month? More details within. [more inside]
posted by terretu on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Night guard for non-grinders? Worthwhile or just upselling?

I have a dental checkup this week, and I expect to get harangued to get a night guard—a conversation I’ve had with this practice for the past two or three visits. I’m not convinced I need one. Do I? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Is there an app for this? Personal dental record/tracking

Is there some kind of personal dental record / tooth history app, or even a way of marking comments on tooth diagrams, for either major tablet OS? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Appointment(s) with new dentist: is this normal?

Is it normal for a new dentist to expect one appointment for an exam/x-rays, a separate appointment for a cleaning, and then another follow-up appointment for any work that needs to be done (and I'm fairly sure I need at least one filling, possibly a crown)? Also, is it true that no dentists offer warm rinsing/jet water? (Do you know one that does offer this near Durham, NC?) [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Put my mind and teeth at ease, please

You know all those Sensodyne commercials featuring dentists that claim our teeth are being dissolved by everything we eat? Is acid erosion a real thing to be concerned about or is that just really effective (for me) scaremongering to sell product? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Mar 30, 2015 - 9 answers

feeling like there's something in my nose/throat/teeth

For about a week now I keep having this weird sensation that there's something stuck in my left nostril when there is nothing. Sometimes this feels like there's something in my mouth (like between upper gums and lips). Sometimes it feels like a sinus pressure. What is this sensation called? Could this be sinus infection? How do I search to find more information? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Mar 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Why do I keep getting cavities?

I brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride twice daily. Why do I always get cavities? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Mar 9, 2015 - 65 answers

Ever gotten your teeth cleaned... on drugs?

I desperately, desperately needed to go to the dentist, and when I went this morning I was scheduled for 1) a deep cleaning and 2) 5 cavity fillings. For the cleaning I'm told I can get a topical anesthetic and have it done in one appointment, or get an injection and have it done in two. I'd like to limit it to one appointment, as I'm already on the hook for two more for the cavities, so I was thinking: would it be a terrible idea to take a random painkiller (say, a norco or an oxy) that I have lying around before I go? I'm usually a tough guy about stuff like this, but after several years without going to the dentist, just the regular cleaning hurt like hell.
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Low cost dental options in NYC

Combination of genes and lack of fluoridated water when I was growing up made my oral health a perpetual issue. My attempts to get a handle on the situation, resulted in dental bills I have been unable to afford. Now that I am covered by insurance (both Cigna and Delta Dental plans) I am wondering if anyone can recommend low cost options for dental work (I will need a lot of it). I am looking at dental schools, and other subsidized opportunities to get this started. Thus, I would appreciate any specific recommendations for NYC area (all boroughs). Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Abscess or just sore swollen dental ligaments?

After a filling was replaced and ground down a couple of times recently, I have a tooth that is very sore to the touch, but does not ache on its own. The gum beside it is swollen and tender and soft, and if i make myself bite down it feels spongy under the tooth. The dentist says he can get me in again in a week. Is this an abscess? Do I need to push to get in faster? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I go to the dentist? And if so, where do I even go?

I recently arrived in Uppsala, Sweden. I'm here for six months but my teeth started hurting today. It isn't so much as pain as it is sensitivity towards pressure and heat. It isn't ongoing and it comes and goes (usually if I bite down on something very hard). It happened a few weeks before I left, but it went away so quickly that I didn't think it was an issue. Now, I'm not sure if I even need to see a dentist and if I do, I'm not sure I am covered by insurance because it isn't an emergency procedure. Therefore, I will go to a dentist if it is absolutely recommended, but I'm trying to avoid it. So my question is two-fold: should I go see a dentist? If so, where in Uppsala do I even go?
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Tooth extraction and returning to normal teeth cleaning?

Three weeks ago I had a molar extracted. There were no complications with the extraction or the immediate aftermath. My normal teeth cleaning routine involves using an electric toothbrush and mouthwash both of which I have been avoiding as being too aggressive for the still healing gap. When (or should) I go back to my old cleaning habits? [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle on Jan 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Tender gums with no bleeding or swelling?

tl;dr: Starting last night I suddenly began experiencing gum pain when I floss, as well as some pain when chewing on a old root canal tooth (and the flossing-induced gum pain is especially noticeable in this area). However, there is no bleeding at all and my gums look pink in the mirror. What's going on? Can it wait until my routine cleaning next week? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Dec 31, 2014 - 7 answers

How to handle a toothache for four days?

I have a fairly painful toothache due to an exposed nerve that started a couple days ago. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in to see a dentist until next Tuesday, but the pain is definitely getting worse. I'm probably going to go to the campus clinic tomorrow to see if I can get some painkillers (and maybe antibiotics if they decide I need them), but are there any other ideas out there for dealing with tooth pain? I'm not a huge fan of taking opiates for longer than I need to (drowsiness, addictive potential, acetaminophen side effects, etc.), and I've found that the oral numbing gel is ineffective.
posted by PlasticSupernova on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

is it safe? well yeah, probably, but I still don't want to do it.

My son (age 20) has one impacted and one soon-to-be-impacted bottom wisdom tooth so they need to come out. His top wisdom teeth have come in fine. Dentist recommends pulling all four. Why can't he keep his top teeth?
posted by headnsouth on Dec 3, 2014 - 39 answers

Gum Receding Between Two Teeth, What To Do?

The gum between two of my back teeth has been painfully inflamed since Friday, and in attempting to address it today I discovered that there's a rather sizable divot between the teeth that I can see when I use floss to push the infected gum down. I'm too young to have receding gums. My dentist is on vacation until my appointment with him next Thursday. What can/should I do in the interim? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Getting deep clean and scaling with my dental hygienist vs periodontist.

I went to the periodontist and was told I needed deep cleaning and scaling (4 quadrants). I got the perio charting done and had it sent to my dentist. The dental office said they can do that procedure, which I am happy about. My question: is the dental hygienist (who apparently does 90% of the cleanings there) skilled enough to do this procedure, as good as a periodontist? I have the option of requesting my dentist to do it if I am uncomfortable with her. [more inside]
posted by xiaobao12 on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Mouthwash and toothpaste at the same time.

Is it safe to brush my teeth with the addition of a small amount of mouthwash at the same time? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Non-homeopathic, safe, effective teething relief?

We're looking for some proven, effective relief for our 4-month-old's gums as her teeth come in. It seems like it's impossible to find something that is both medically legitimate and doesn't contain benzocaine. We're open to herbal remedies if they're supported by more than anecdote, but we are not interested in homeopathy for our child. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Orthodontia-filter: Minding the gap, and mending the gap?

Would like some AskMe advice on fixing my front tooth gap (midline diastema), especially from folks who have done or know people who have done a similar fix. I am 98% pro-orthodontics, but am undecided between traditional braces and invisalign, and then a small part of me is wondering if I'll have regrets about fixing it at all. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Sep 2, 2014 - 15 answers

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