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Teeth Torture

Funny little Sarah Kate. Some of the things she is saying these days: "Bumbalina" for Thumbelina. "Wash cleaner" is the washing machine. When she can't hear me she says, "What said?"

Every October I have teeth trouble! Every October we spend hundreds on my teeth. Every October I have a root canal and a crown. Yesterday I had a dentist appointment for my six month cleaning and check-up.
I am happy to report that I do not need a root canal or a crown! But, I do have to have a filling replaced. I also have the beginnings of gum disease. I don't floss my teeth like I should. The dental hygienist sent me home with a small torture device. I am to dip the bristles of this green thing in some special medicine and put it in between each tooth. TWICE A DAY! I tried it last night and I might as well have used a baby bottle brush cleaner between each tooth. That is how terrible it felt. It was like sticking a bristly needle between each tooth and twisting it. Miserable! I got tears in my eyes as I did this. I am going to try to do this. Dentures are looking better each year!

Comments

Karen said…
Oh my! I have teeth trouble also. I have so many crowns ~ actually I only need two more and every molar will have one. I have a high bacteria mouth and even with brushing 2-3 times per day and flossing every night this is my fate. Pooh! I have for crowns that need replacing right now. It never ends......
Ryan V. said…
ugh...teeth care! I have always brushed and flossed well and have had like 8 cavities filled! The last time I went, they had to replace 3 of them! I actually like going to the dentist to get my cleaning, but dread it at the same time, because I never know if they are going to find a new cavity! This reminds me, my 6 month check up is next week! oh boy!
Mara said…
I feel your pain. I have had many crowns. I have had my fillings replaced with crowns. I don't get it. I brush, floss, listerine, have more than the norm cleanings, etc. My husband and I go in and he has NOTHING done. Ever. I get two crowns per year actually (insurance). I have the cost ($$$) of a small boat in my mouth is what I tell people. My teeth hurt too. Crowns have not been my friend. Your post makes me feel better. The funniest thing is, is that people have always told me I have the prettiest smile! lol! -I'm not kidding!
Anonymous said…
I've used a thing similar to that when I had braces but my Dad was my Orthodontist and somewhat mine and my sibling's dentist too before he strictly became just braces only though.

Amy
dj said…
How in the world do you get that brush between your teeth??? Torture, indeed.
Melissa said…
girl...i have such teeth problems...i try so hard to take good care of my teeth and have so many problems...there isn't a procedure that i haven't had done...well except dentures.

when i tell my dentist to pull them all and give me dentures he says "exchanging one set of problems for another set".

next week i begin the procedure for getting an implant...8 MONTHS!!! first pull the tooth, build up the bone, 4 months later put the implant thingy in, 4 months later i can finally get a post and crown on it.

AHHHHH the money i spend on my mouth!

okay...done ranting...LOL

love your little SK and her special words...little kids are so funny
Dina said…
A sonic care tooth brush will do miracles for your gums. then you don't have to use that torture device!
Meredith said…
Laurie, I am not going to lie. That's scary for me to even look at! Bless your heart! Hope it gets better!!!
Tara G. said…
Have you tried an electric toothbrush? My husband swears it has changed his life!
Lauren said…
Laurie, you make me laugh!!! I sent you a message on FB!! :)
Katy P. said…
Put that "Rx mouthwash" in a water pic (I like the "water flosser ultra) It comes with an attachment that has a rubber tip to it. Keep in on the lowest setting, a 1 and "irrigate" or trace along your gumline. Do the inside & outside, upper and lower. It does an amazing job to kill the bacteria under your gum tissue (which is where the problem starts) You may go thrugh the chlorhexidine much faster, but NO pain pushing that proxy brush through ;) Google Oral DNA, it's a new company that actually tests for the bacteria in your mouth. It's an amazing tool for your dentist and hygienist to be able to identify & actually TREAT the cause of the problem. Good luck! (Yes, I am a dental hygienist)
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