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Home care for tooth awaiting its coronation?

So, I managed to break a tooth last week (whilst attempting to chew a cold gummy licorice candy that had the approximate texture of partially-cured epoxy). Saw dentist this morning, who wants to install a crown. What, if anything, can I do between now and Coronation Day, as it'll likely be at least eight weeks out? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good?

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Dec 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Please help me save my teeth before they are gone.

I never drink soda, and I place more focus on health and nutrition than anyone I know. Why are my teeth dissolving?! [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Dec 18, 2012 - 48 answers

How typical are preventative dental xrays for kids?

Our kids' toothologist dentist would like to take x-rays to look for cavities. Is this typical? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 15, 2012 - 23 answers

I just really like the taste.

What toothpaste tastes most like Molton Brown's freshmint? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Dec 2, 2012 - 1 answer

By the time my cat gets to the vet, I may have to be sedated, too.

How can I keep my kitty from bouncing off the walls while he’s fasting? My 12-year-old cat Marty must fast Monday after 8 p.m. in preparation for teeth cleaning (and the requisite anesthesia) Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Sorry to fall down on the picture mandate – he’s all black, so taking a recognizable photo of him is … not easy!) [more inside]
posted by virago on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Are there any teeth whitening strips that don't have mint flavor?

I'm having trouble finding teeth whitening strips that don't have a mint flavor. Some advertise that they have a mint flavor and others just don't say. (For health reasons, I must avoid mint.) Any ideas?
posted by grayber on Nov 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Brace yourself!

When you had braces, did your orthodontist want to replace your wires a week before taking your braces off? Or is this a ploy to prolong treatment? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Nov 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Smile Bright Store: worth it?

Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, with the Smile Bright Store and their teeth-whitening products? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 24, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I eat after I get my wisdom teeth out?

What are the best, funnest, most satisfying foods to eat after I get my wisdom teeth out? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Sep 27, 2012 - 34 answers

Broken tooth. What are my options?

I broke a tooth I had a root canal done on. Haven't been to the dentist in years. What can they do? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Sep 9, 2012 - 9 answers

the canine's incisor

I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

My boyfriend doesn't brush his teeth at night. I think it's gross.

My boyfriend doesn't brush his teeth at night. I think it's gross. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 50 answers

Surely my teeth won't fall out if I wish hard enough, right?

Do cavities ever just... go away? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Without insurance, 24-year-old dies of toothache...

I have gingivitis. I don't have health insurance, nor do I really have money. [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Aug 18, 2012 - 22 answers

How to fix my gums

My gums appear to be falling apart. Is there ANYTHING I can do about them before I get scolded by my dentist? Tell me about the time you fixed your gums on your own. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 15, 2012 - 55 answers

How to rock a grill like Ryan Lochte

How can I make an American flag, red white and blue, grill for my teeth that looks like the $25,000 custom grill gold medalist Ryan Lochte rocked at the Olympics? Jeah! [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Aug 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't want to be 25 and toothless!

How worried should I be about my teeth? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

rotten teeth

Cursed with rotten teeth! In spite of brushing and flossing, still tons of cavities every checkup. What will work to stop this? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Jun 27, 2012 - 32 answers

Alternatives to brushing cat's teeth?

What do we really need to do about our cat's teeth? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Jun 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What to do about my dog's mouth problem??

My adult dog lost a tooth a couple weeks ago after chewing on a Nylabone. I took the bone away, and was planning to make an appointment for cleaning/ scaling in a month or so, when I could afford it. Today I found another tooth and now I'm more worried that this is something that can't wait. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Give me your old wive's tales about dental health, please.

Please share your wingnut advice about healthy teeth and gums. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

Broken Temporary Crown?

Temporary crown on back molar fell off in two pieces, won't stay on with dental cement. I have the appointment to get the permanent put on on Tuesday--what do I do between now and then to minimize the chance of having to go through the whole process again? [more inside]
posted by besonders on May 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell me about your root canal!

Tell me about your root canal! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on May 3, 2012 - 49 answers

What's the best of three unappealing options?

I will be having a root canal soon, but the dentist has told me that the damage to the tooth may not be treatable by the root canal, and that other action may be necessary. He's given me a few options to consider, and has asked me to pick one. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

I'm putting my dentist's kids through college

Individual Dental Insurance. Is there such a thing, and is it affordable, and is it offered by someone other than Delta Dental? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Tooth Care

Please help me brush my teeth more regularly. I have a lot of shame about this issue, so please be gentle. [more inside]
posted by Why hello, I am a sock puppet on Mar 28, 2012 - 67 answers

Are Crest White Strips worth it?

Are Crest White Strips worth trying out? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Money for Nothing?

boy needs some new teeth [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Diagnodent and tiny cavities - get them filled?

I recently moved and went to a new dentist. My old dentist used a probe to find cavities - I haven't had a cavity in a decade. This new dentist used a Diagnodent and told me I had 5-6 areas of decay that he wanted to drill into and fill. He said he didn't know if they went into the dentin or just the enamel, and wouldn't know until he got in there. What's up with this Diagnodent business? Is it legit? YANMD, but is a Diagnodent really better than a probe, and does it sound wise to get them filled? Thanks.
posted by baltimoregirl on Feb 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I get occlusal equalibrium treatment?

Dentistry question: I am a savage night-grinder. Should I have my bite reshaped to help with my bruxism? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Feb 4, 2012 - 12 answers

weird feelings in my teeth!

My two bottom front teeth has been feeling a little funny since last Wednesday. They feel tight or crowded, kind of like how I felt back when I had braces on. they also kind of feel like the teeth were impacted recently, which they weren't. They don't hurt-- if I had to pinpoint, I would say the feeling came from between the two teeth. when I bite they don't hurt more. But the tight feeling is quite noticeable, and certainly not very comfortable. They've gotten a bit better in the past five days. What could cause this? Also, I just knocked my upper front tooth on my computer screen 3 minutes ago. It hurt a little bit/ can feel the shock for about 30 seconds, and then it's back to normal. There was no bleeding and I couldn't see any fractures and it wasn't loose. Should I have a dentist look at it anyway? I am worried that it might die later. I've been very worried about my teeth, and at this point I don't know how much to freak out about things that goes on in my mouth! [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jan 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Orthodontic fearmongering?

Is my new dentist trying to convince me to get braces unnecessarily? Lots more agonizing inside! [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jan 15, 2012 - 14 answers

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 wealthy...is there a way to improve my smile?

I have bad teeth and I'm not wealthy...is 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

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