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confession time

I never got into the habit of brushing my teeth. I haven't been to the dentist in about 15 years. My teeth don't actively /hurt/ but I know I have cavities. I'm trying to work up the nerve to visit the dentist but I'm too scared of being hit with a gigantic bill and endless sessions of drilling all of my teeth. In the meantime, is it too late to start brushing my teeth again to at least slow the damage? Can teeth brushing actually undo the damage? I have no idea.

Lets assume I have permanently ruined the set God gave me. Are there any cool synthetic teeth alternatives? The kind that could bite through steel maybe?
Permalink freaky smile 
July 31st, 2007 11:51pm
Denman?
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 31st, 2007 11:53pm
I have semi-bad teeth. Eg, I have cavities but I at least go to the dentist.  I think it has been 7 months for me.  The key is finding a good one and building a relationship (eg, mine is a chinese acupuncture person).

And you can have cavities and live life.

The only thing with the dentist is that it is expensive as shit sometimes.  I would go back to get cavities filled, but $200 a tooth, wtf?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 31st, 2007 11:57pm
damn, now i have go brush mine.

and floss too.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 31st, 2007 11:57pm
Plus, I think there are levels of teeth damage, assuming you arent 80 years old and my comments

1. Cavities (so, you are telling me, if you drill into my teeth, add some filling and then my teeth are better afterwards?)
2. Crown needed (I have a crown and I think this is cool, painful, and amazingly expensive, but your teeth are super strong teeth afterwards)
3. Root canal needed (haven't had one)
Permalink Bot Berlin 
August 1st, 2007 12:01am
OP:  your gums are probably in just as bad shape as your teeth.  Which means you're going to start losing teeth.

It's never too late to start taking care of them, but putting off going to the dentist is only going to make the literal and financial pain worse and worse.

And I can't even imagine how disgusting your breath is, or what color your teeth are (green?  yellow?  brown?).

Do you ever get laid?  If not, here might be a reason.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
August 1st, 2007 3:15am
"My teeth don't actively /hurt/ but I know I have cavities."

It only gets worse if you do nothing.  One day, it's fine, then next day, a snowflake cracks it in half and you are getting the full-deal all root canals extracted from the molar.

Pain isn't the dentist, pain is exposed nerves when a gigantic section of tooth is missing and the hole is so large that it's scary to even look at the x-ray.

Disappointment is when they take the nerves out, but that tooth still aches all the time _after_ they supposedly removed the nerve endings.  Not to mention the 1k+ bill, _after_ insurance (becauase it's a molar), plus the weakend, hollowed, filled with some weak material feeling tooth that you hope doesn't get crud leaked back up into it to rot away at exposed nerves. 

People whine over little things on this board, but you may have something to be concerned about more than just "oh, geepers, I have to brush."
Permalink Brushing is a good thing 
August 1st, 2007 4:43am

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