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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 19, 2012
    • I have read countless articles on how tooth decay, gingivitis, advanced gum disease can affect our health..to the point of toxins entering the bloodstream and causing major issues.  Do you take good care of your teeth?  Do you have dental insurance that covers procedures?




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 19, 2012
    • I am covered under hubby’s dental insurance and have taken advantage of that.  

      I let my teeth go for many years because I was too busy working to pay for the kids’ dental work to deal with mine.  I’ve had quite a few teeth pulled and quite a few root canals because of the neglect.  I have to say, since I’ve gotten my teeth fixed, I have fewer sinus problems.




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      Nita P wrote Jun 19, 2012
    • i take care of my teeth by regularly brushing, changing tooth brushes and mouth wash.  if i get tooth ache it needs to be severe before i see a dentist.  i lost one of my main tooth for not looking after it.  it was too damaged to save.  tooth care is an expense for me




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 19, 2012
    • I have a cleaning twice a year, floss every day and I’m proud to say I have not a single filling in my mouthestatic




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 20, 2012
    • I am covered by hubbys insurance also. I have spent many hours in the dentists chair, and not too long ago had a major dental surgery that has costs me several thousands to pay out of pocket, even with excellent coverage. It was due to a root canal I had as a teen which was done incomplete and caused a major infection that went into the bones. Thank goodness a great dentist found the issue and told me who could fix it. I’m due to go back for a check up soon.




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 20, 2012
    • Good to hear we all make a conscious effort..when I go to my dentist’s office for cleanings, there are always the horrifying pictures of advanced gum disease and tooth decay..scares the heck out of me, not to mention the countless people who lose all their teeth and must wear dentures..but what is really scary is how it can affect the bloodstream if ignored.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jun 27, 2012
    • I have had gum disease, a part of having diabetes and I am one to blame myself for not taking better care of that. So therefore I have had quite a few teeth pulled and have upper dentures and lower partials. I was pretty much depressed about it when it was happening but like I said, it was my fault. But now I’m ok with it. It’s better then being in pain a lot of the times and I can eat again. But when I do have a problem, I have no problem now going to the dentists.  

      Please...take care of your teeth.




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      Mindy Wilson wrote Jun 27, 2012
    • Very important topic ladies, overall mouth health has a direct effect on our overall health. I take care of my teeth and gums. However, tooth loss, decay, gum disease is not always the fault of the patient. (This I didn’t know until about six years ago and before I worked in a dental office.

      What? That’s right these things can be aggravated by hormones or a change in hormones or medications, illness etc.  

      What? Yes. For instance: having a dry mouth because of cancer treatments, your chemical makeup and or medications can lead directly to tooth decay. (cavities) And, if a person is just not able to keep up the repairs...this can lead to pain, and loss of teeth.

      Another example of reasons for gum disease and tooth loss might be: A person who has a missing tooth in the lower jaw, right smack in the middle (# 30 or 19). Let’s just say it is because the adult tooth never formed. (not your fault) Then that person’s teeth on each side could potentially tip toward the space in sort of an effort to fill the space. There could be bone loss for those tipping teeth because they moved so much and the roots are now not anchored well.

      Now, I never saw an orthodontist growing up and neither did most of the people I grew up with. However, crowded or crooked teeth can be a challenge to keep clean, plaque  and eventual tartar build up and if it isn’t removed there can be a gap between the tooth and tissue. The tooth can over time become loose because it has lost it’s support.  

      Most of us know that tooth trauma can lead to a tooth going bad, a root canal to save or and EXT. This could mean a bike wreck you didn’t even remember when you were eight. People can loose teeth because of a overly lengthy ortho treatment too. The roots can become shortened and loose stability or support because of that as well.

      Anyway, flossing, brushing and seeing your dentist is the best way to take care of all of it. Ask a lot of questions if you are wondering. Do not be ashamed of your teeth everyone is different and has a different mouth, etc.  If you have an exam and get a treatment plan you do not have to take care of all of it at once...do a little at a time.

      Fixing teeth isn’t cheap but there is nothing wrong with having fillings and crowns & bridges, partials, etc. If you had a hole in a wall you’d fix it. They are just repairs. ;)  

      Mindy Wilson




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 29, 2012
    • I’ve always taken good care of my teeth.  Very important to me.  I was shocked when on our trip I chipped a tooth on a tortilla chip!  Ughhh!  Thank goodness for ortho wax.  When I got home I had to get a crown.  My first and hopefully my last!




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      Marya1961 wrote Jul 5, 2012
    • Thank you Mindy for this important info, I was not aware of many things you mentioned.

      Frannie, my SIL, her husband and my deceased BIL all had dentures, and many things Mindy mentioned were causes. I am happy for you that you are not in pain and have taken care of things.




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      Nathalie Girard wrote Jul 8, 2012
    • It’s funny how tooth hygiene can be cultural. In Canada, most people go to the dentist twice a year, brush and floss twice a day. In France, people don’t really care. Result: most people have desensitised teeth, crowns,root canals,etc,etc, before they are even thirty!

      For my part I go to the dentist once every three years now, just to make sure everything is ok, which it has been for the past 20 years. I’m blessed with good teeth. I do brush and floss them twice a day to keep it that way!




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 8, 2012
    • I go every 6 months for cleanings and check ups. My old dental work now needs replacing but other than that no issues.

      Great info Mindy!




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