Q: I hate teeth – at least mine. Since I was a child I’ve been bothered. I hate taking all the care- brush, floss, pick, rinse, go to the hygienist - it never stops.
And why do I do all this and my friends don’t even do half that and they’ve got all their teeth with no fillings. Heck, I’ve got fillings, root canals, broken teeth, abscesses, you name it. My mouth is like a junkyard and nobody believes me when I tell them I brush – like three times a day.
Well enough of “self-tooth” hate. As I said, I’ve got problems. In the last year I just let things go because of frustration. I’ve got four or five broken teeth and some have abscesses. I’ve got gum issues. Sometimes things hurt and other times not.
On top of that I’ve got decay in a half dozen teeth. I think these teeth are ready for the boneyard. I’ve finally come to that realization so, what do I do?
I don’t want dentures. Heck, I know a guy who got his teeth yanked out and they left him like that for six months. “You’re gonna have to heal,” they said. See that’s what I hate- you can’t win. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. The poor guy couldn’t smile, didn’t go out – no fun. Well, that’s exactly what I don’t want. This is the twenty first century. It’s the space age you gotta do better than that. Whatta you say?
A: First of all, you’re right. Some individuals suffer dental disease to a far greater degree than others – but that’s true for many conditions. There’s nothing fair about heart disease, diabetes, to say nothing of cancer - and often times happening to people living a very healthy lifestyle.
Home maintenance of one’s teeth is technique sensitive. Knowing how to reduce harmful bacteria takes excellent instruction and exacting practice for those most susceptible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a wife tell me how hard she works at it and her husband not at all and his teeth are healthier than hers. If you’re in the susceptible category, make sure your dentist and hygienist do a hands-on demo of best practices. You’ll be surprised what you learn. They’re busy so make them show you, not tell you.
If you’re teeth are beyond redemption and you’re a non-smoker of tobacco, pot, etc, you will be eligible for bridgework to be placed in your mouth on the day your teeth are removed. The transformation is absolutely predictable and you will be happy that chewing (softer foods first) is possible from day one. This is a fast-growing technology that has a great history of success.
Ask for it. You’ll be very happy with the results.