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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

All I can eat?

If I practice good dental hygiene, can I eat as much candy as I want? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Sep 26, 2010 - 23 answers

He minds the gap

What's the best procedure for fixing gap teeth? And can anyone recommend a good, affordable place in Toronto to get this done? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Aug 27, 2010 - 12 answers

With a smile I face the future

OK, I've done that, now teach me to smile. [more inside]
posted by muteh on Aug 5, 2010 - 11 answers

My cats breath smells like...burning?

Kitty filter: My vet has diagnosed my cat with stomatitis, and has strongly recommended that she get her back teeth pulled. Has anyone had a cat that has experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I teach myself to brush my teeth?

How do I teach myself to consistently brush my teeth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2010 - 33 answers

Are some people born bad-breath-proof?

My son and his dad (my former husband) never have bad breath. How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Jul 17, 2010 - 6 answers

fail safe way to prevent children's cavities?

I brush my children's teeth twice a day. They only drink water, never soft drinks of fruit juices or stuff like that. Candy is a rare treat. They're 3 and 1. Is this enough to prevent cavities? [more inside]
posted by uauage on Jul 15, 2010 - 61 answers

What shape will I be in after my mouth goes booom?

I'm having a tooth extraction + bone graft + dental implant on Thursday on the lower left side molar closest to the jaw joint on the back of my mouth. Have you had something similar? Could I ask you a few questions? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Jul 11, 2010 - 23 answers

What is recovery like when a dog has teeth extracted?

Our beloved nine year old part Poodle part Shitzoo (sp?) will be getting his back molars extracted because of severe gingivitis and infection. The vet said anywhere from ten to twelve will be extracted. What can we expect regarding recovery? Will he be in considerable pain for a long time? [more inside]
posted by cleo on Jul 5, 2010 - 12 answers

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria?

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

What is staining my teeth?

I don't drink coffee, tea, wine, or soda. I don't smoke, chew on markers, or neglect to brush. The stains are dark brown and are worst around the gum line where the toothbrush doesn't reach as well. [more inside]
posted by silvicolous on Jun 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me keep my teeth in my head

Can anyone recommend a good periodontist in the Boston Metro area? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

What's it like for cats having teeth extracted?

Vet says cat's tooth extraction surgery will be difficult and painful. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 24, 2010 - 29 answers

Is sugar-free gum the way to go?

What's the best way to clean your teeth when you can't brush? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 19, 2010 - 28 answers

What is causing the dull aching pain in my tooth?

What's wrong with my tooth? Dull numbing pain after an injury. [more inside]
posted by designbyme on Jun 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Do cats lose their baby teeth?

Should I be worried that my older kitten/young cat has lost two teeth in the past week? [more inside]
posted by mesha steele on May 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Safe OTC and Homeopathic treatments for use after wisdom teeth removal.

You are not my doctor or my dentist, but what over the counter and homeopathic products are reasonably safe to use after wisdom tooth extraction? [more inside]
posted by kscottz on May 15, 2010 - 11 answers

So, um... what's up with your teeth?

I really like this guy and he's interested in me, but he has bad teeth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 45 answers

Does pain while chewing mean I need a root canal?

Pain when chewing with a composite filling. Will I need (yet another) root canal? And what's up with my teeth, anyway?! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on May 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Should I be worried about my son's teeth?

Should I be worried about my son's teeth/jaw? Is it malocclusion? [more inside]
posted by sammyabdu on Apr 26, 2010 - 6 answers

What was your experience with Invisilign?

Tell me about your experience with Invisilign - was it good/bad, did it work? [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

The vet told me I got a lemon of a cat. A sweet lemon, but a lemon nontheless.

Is my vet pulling my leg? Can a cat be allergic to her own saliva? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Mar 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Am I grinding or eroding my two front teeth away?

Dental-Filter: Since the setting of a fractured jaw I grind the back of my upper two front teeth and I believe I'm grinding them into oblivion. But my dentist insists it's erosion. [more inside]
posted by futureproof on Feb 17, 2010 - 5 answers

I chipped my tooth, and now I'm getting a strange taste in my mouth.

I chipped my tooth, and now I'm getting a strange taste in my mouth. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Feb 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Are there common teeth/dental patterns? If so, what are they?

I'm really fascinated by teeth and their various shapes, arrangements, etc. I remember reading something a few years back that discussed several basic dental patterns, but I can't find it, or any info remotely like it. It was a fluff piece in a fashion mag I think, but I'm more interested in reading something slightly more substantial or scientific. Does there exist a taxonomy, or a conventionalized way for describing common dental patterns? Google searching yields little, and frankly, I feel like a bit of a freak for having such a weird attraction to these cute little things and all their delightful quirks. Bonus question, am I alone on this?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Are Braces Always The Answer?

So, I need some help with getting my teeth fixed. I know that there is bonding, veneers, braces, invisalign, retainers and whatnot.. But I need some comparisons. My question is two fold: What is the best option for my teeth; braces, invisalign, bonding, veneers? Second part of the question, what type of professional can I see that will give me an honest assessment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 19 answers

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