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Do I have "soft" teeth?!

Why are my upper left molars so fragile?! I am only 27, but my last three teeth are all dead and have cracked. I had a lot of cavities as a child, despite rarely having any sweets and a moderately good dental hygiene (okay, it wasn't impeccable, but it was not as horrible as some I've seen, namely my father who never brushed with no cavities at all) but as a teenager/young adult/adult my teeth were mostly fine and my brushing habits are much better nowadays. Within the last two years I've had two molars cracked. One losing a big chunk, the other down the middle and is not salvageable. All on my left upper side. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jan 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Should my seven-year-old son's dentist knock him out?

Just got home from a dentist appointment with my seven-year-old son. Five of his baby teeth are crowding the rest of his teeth and need to be extracted very soon. But he's extremely anxious at the dentist, and after today's ordeal, they're recommending putting him completely under using IV sedation with an on-site MD. I had IV sedation for my wisdom teeth, and it was amazing, but I'm flat-out terrified to knock out my little boy. He's never had anesthesia of any kind. Is it worth doing? Are there any risks or caveats I should know? Would it be better to stick with oral anasthetic? Help!
posted by waxpancake on Jan 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Is my baby teething?

Is my baby teething? He has been a real turd for about a week, restless, irritable, wakeful, etc. He's also drooling and chomping. But are these teeth? I mean the underlined things. [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Will this poison me?

I just brushed my teeth with Vagisil cream on accident. Will this kill me? Also, how can I get this nasty taste out of my mouth? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Dec 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Do all electric toothbrushes get moldy?

Why is my Oral-B electric toothbrush's head moldy? Would a Sonicare have the same problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Need the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth!

Need advice on if/how to treat a four-year-old's injured tooth. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

I have bad teeth and I'm not there a way to improve my smile?

I have bad teeth and I'm not there a way to improve my smile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers


Tell me about your experiences with dental implants. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Nov 2, 2011 - 10 answers

What kind of teeth should I purchase for halloween?

Has anyone purchased vampire/werewolf teeth that they were satisfied with? I'm going as a werewolf for Halloween. I've grown my hair and beard out and would like to purchase some adhesive teeth as opposed to wearing a mask. [more inside]
posted by Forerunner343 on Oct 3, 2011 - 5 answers

How should I preserve my wisdom teeth?

How can I preserve my wisdom teeth? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Sep 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Dental surgury options for a toddler?

Our 2-year old has an injured tooth that is wearing away. Dentist would like to go in, and do baby-tooth root canal, or possible extraction if the tooth cannot be saved. Hospital wants outrageous sums of money, health insurance says it will not cover it. Are there any good options? [more inside]
posted by fings on Sep 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Tell me my tooth is not going to fall out!

I got bashed in the face yesterday. Please tell me my tooth is not going to die. I know you are not my dentist. I am not sure if I need to go to the dentist. Yesterday afternoon at the cafe, I reached up high to move some kids' books that were stacked horizontally on the shelf above our BookCrossing shelf. Unbeknownst to me, balanced on the books, and totally invisible to anyone but a basketball champion, was a ceramic bowl filled with crayons. The bowl fell off the books and onto my upturned face, a distance of about 2-3 feet, I suppose. It bashed me on my filtrum, right over my right hand big tooth at the front. Hit the, well, the filtrum, hitting that and my upper lip into my gum (I seem to have bitten my lower lip and jarred my bottom teeth too). It bounced off and smashed on the floor. No bruise yet but really tender and I am scared I have damaged my tooth's root and the tooth will suddenly die! [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Sep 5, 2011 - 24 answers

Dental tourism in Costa Rica?

Does anyone have first-hand experience with dental tourism in Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by mistikle on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in?

What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Words for Wisdoms

I am having my top two wisdom teeth out on wednesday without general or "twilight" anesthesia. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Jul 20, 2011 - 26 answers

Orpaxel, Xelapor, Rapoxle, Opralex!

I'm weaning off Lexapro under my doctor's supervision. Because I'm not going to keep bugging my doctor about this (she's on vacation anyway), I figured it'd hit up for guys for some withdrawal symptom advice. I've been having some fun ones, and I want to make sure everything is fine. I'd also like to find out what might help me feel a little bit better. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum.

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 - 19 answers

I grind my teeth: cheap and expensive night guard options

I'm a newly-diagnosed teeth-grinder. Should I get the custom night guard my dentist wants to make for me or should I try one of the cheap guards available in the drugstore? And while I'm making up my mind about the appropriate path, what can I do in the meantime to reduce stress and grind less? Relevant physical and financial details inside. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on May 29, 2011 - 30 answers

I get black stuff on my teeth. Anyone heard of this?

I get black stuff on my teeth. Anyone heard of this? I haven't been brushing my teeth regularly for a while, and that might have something to do with it. I easily get a black film over my teeth, and it doesn't brush away easily. I just scrape it off with a nail, but it's hard to get it all. It's like black plaque. I'm not eating anything unusual, so I don't know why it's happening.
posted by vash on May 28, 2011 - 18 answers

My tooth broke recently, please share some advice with eating and what I should about it..

My tooth broke recently, please share some advice with eating and what I should do about it.... [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Pearly Whites to LightBrites?

I'm thinking of whitening my teeth using cold blue light with whitening gel . have you done this before? what was your experience, did it make your teeth hurt, how long between appointments do i need to wait, anything else i should know? thanks!
posted by andreapandrea on May 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Are my antibiotics necessary?

I had a tooth extracted last week and despite being on antibiotics for four days, it's infected, and the infection has spread, making it painful to swallow. The solution: a different antibiotic has been prescribed. I don't like antibiotics, so my question is: what would happen if I just didn't take the damn things, took the painkillers, braved it out and waited for my body to handle it alone? Would that just be stupid? I appreciate that it's probably hard to advise without specific details, but any comments welcome.
posted by Holly on Apr 16, 2011 - 28 answers

mouth off

I chew my mouth and I want to stop without using gum or other mouth foods as my main crutch. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Tooth issues - what gives?

What is up with human teeth? Why do they so often come in crooked, in the wrong place, or not at all? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Apr 14, 2011 - 29 answers

Bedazzle my smile!

I have the special trays already. What teeth whitening goo should I buy online to put in them? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Apr 6, 2011 - 7 answers

getting my teeth right back where they started from...

How do I get my teeth BACK IN LINE?! I miss my straight teeth! [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

You don't have to brush all your teeth - just the ones you want to keep

Help me figure out next steps with regard to the mess that is my mouth, specifically my teeth [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Mar 21, 2011 - 4 answers


Will having a large percentage of my caloric intake come from fruit lead to more problems than health benefits? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Mar 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Cheeky Dentist

My new dentist recommended I get buccal fillings and I'd like to know more about this as I have several teeth affected. [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad on Mar 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products?

Which are your favorite teeth cleaning products? Favorite regular or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss picks, mouthwash, etc.? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Mar 3, 2011 - 56 answers

Is it really necessary to get teeth cleanings and dental checkups?

Is it really necessary to get teeth cleanings and dental checkups? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Feb 26, 2011 - 40 answers

Be a dentist, you'll be a success...?

Should I go to dental school? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I make the pain due to bruxism stop?

I've been grinding my teeth for a while now. I have a fancy mouth guard, yet I still have constant jaw pain and headaches. Anyone have any advice on how I can make this stop? [more inside]
posted by carmel on Feb 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me find these 80s PSAs

Elephant with stuff in his ears, villains plotting to dirty a PI's teeth, and a man crawling under descending cardboard smoke: help me find footage of these early-80s PSAs. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Feb 16, 2011 - 1 answer

I have the worst teeth you have probably ever seen. What can I do about this?

I have the worst teeth you have probably ever seen. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Chipped tooth panic time part three, UK version

I just (re-)chipped a tooth. I'm a student in the UK and I've never been to the dentist here before. I need to get this sorted out as soon as possible. Help? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jan 21, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I get rid of the terrible taste from a bad (soon to be extracted) tooth?

I have a cracked tooth that's coming out in three weeks. In the mean time, it tastes (and probably smells, but I can't tell that for myself) terrible. Any good rinses or other practices to reduce the smell and taste? [more inside]
posted by mph on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

What could be wrong with our tapwater?

What could be causing the hypersensitivity in my teeth to tap water at my parents' house? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Jan 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Are there any acid-free diet sodas?

I just learned that I have 2 cavities and I am guessing it's because I switched to drinking a lot of diet soda since my last dentist visit. Are there any diet sodas that are not acidic? (both caffeinated and uncaffeinated). If all diet sodas are acidic then is it possible to make kool-aid with a fake sugar and then carbonate it using a carbonator? How would that taste? Would that be ok for my teeth?
posted by HappyEngineer on Dec 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Acidity in drinks

A drink, some flavour and some bubbles. So why the acid? [more inside]
posted by episodic on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

What can I do about my teeth?

I don't like my teeth. They're too small, gappy, transparent at the edges and gummy. What's to be done? Veneers don't sound great, braces wouldn't fix everything. Suggestions?
posted by fernbritton on Dec 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Cat dental care in San Francisco

About a year ago, the vet at the San Francisco SPCA told us our cat needed to get her teeth cleaned (and possibly have some teeth extracted) and that it would be almost $1000. We know we need to do this, and were wondering if there are cheaper (but still good) alternatives available in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Nov 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Do I need to Crest-strip it?

I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Nov 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Vampire Riddle

How are vampires like teeth? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Teeth First

I crashed my bicycle today. As a result, my front four top teeth are numb. The nurse practitioner at the hospital did not seem to think there was anything to worry about. I am not so sure. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Oct 28, 2010 - 16 answers

What causes my ear/tooth ache?

My right ear aches, and pain moves from one tooth to another on the right side of my mouth. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime I thought I'd ask what might be causing this. The pain in my ear is reminiscent of an ear infection I had years ago. At the same time, a single tooth will ache, but an hour later, the pain moves to a different tooth! Is it a dental problem causing an ear ache or an ear ache causing a dental problem?
posted by jackypaper on Oct 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Why do I have this gap in my teeth?

17 Months ago, I had six of my top front teeth crowned. During the last 3 or 4 months, the two front teeth have been separating & I now have a slight gap. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by jsslz on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

I thought for sure I could balance that way...

After an unfortunate meeting between my face and the floor a couple of nights ago, my teeth are tingly. Is this a bad sign? [more inside]
posted by heyho on Oct 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Wither my ideal dental professional?

Toronto Dentist Filter: Metafilter, which Toronto dentist should I visit to best deal with my particular tooth-related situation? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Oct 12, 2010 - 9 answers

My teeth hurt! What do I do?

You are not my Dentist: My teeth are causing me a great deal of pain and anxiety, but I'm not sure if my dentist is giving me the right advice. How do I determine a course of action to become pain-free? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Oct 2, 2010 - 19 answers

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