Don't Smile

@p1kef1sh (45640)
October 8, 2009 4:47am CST
I am in the very fortunate position of coming into contact from people from all over the world on an almost daily basis. But what I have noticed is the huge difference in the condition of peoples teeth! There are those that beam a gleaming white smile - clearly an enhancement on nature - to toothlessness or the occasional rotten stump. My own teeth are hardly "Hollywood" but at least I do some basic care and maintenance. Visit the dentist, clean and floss etc. Do you look after your teeth? When did you last visit the dentist.
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@hexeduser22 (5853)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
I take care of my teeth because bad teeth is tantamount to bad breath. I saw the dentist last month and she said I need to eat calcium rich food for my teeth to be strong
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
She's correct. Nails, teeth and bones all need calcium.
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@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
I last visited a dentist 4 months ago. I don't exactly love going to the dentist, but I go because I know that I have to so that my teeth would remain healthy. I know some people who are scared of going to the dentist. I can understand why they do get scared because I had many painful dental visits. But even so, I still benefited from them.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
I think that we just have to shut any idea of pain out. When I was a boy I had many extractions and was never even offered pain relief. The dentist just tugged and out they came! I'm not sure that I could do that now!
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Teeth are very important! When I was married I tried to care for my teeth but there was never money for me to go to the dentist--I thought we were fairly poor but found out during the divorce that he made a LOT of money! Anyway, now I take care of my teeth and have them cleaned twice a year. I floss every day and brush at least twice a day. I need a skin graft on one tooth--plaque has forced the gum down to the bone. When I'm done with the latest legal battle with my ex, I'm going to save up and get that done. Your teeth affect your whole body and neglect can even contribute to heart disease. I'm glad you take good care of your teeth!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
You certainly sound like you look after yours. I have a similar problem from gingivitis. Not to the bone, but gum erosion. I just keep it scrupulously clean.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
After my parents paid for me to have braces, I feel obligated to protect their investment. :-) I go to the dentist twice a year but I am very lazy about flossing...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
I had braces too Dawn. I developed a second row of adult teeth and they all had to be removed and then the ones left set in braces to make me marginally less ugly than I do!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
Now now I"m sure you have a lovely smile! :-)
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Oct 09
oh pikey if a dentist saw all the work I need done he would scream but my stupid insurance just pays peanuts on any dental'work thus meaning that for me to get all my dental work done would cost me out of pocket about five or six hundred 'dollars here in the US. that is why I have not had it done, because I just did not have the money. I asked this dentist my insurance had hooked me up with if she would take payments, she almost shrieked, of course not, you must pay in full. Okay so the well I cannot say what I called her in my mind left me with a rootcanal job only half done. and they wonder why we little people want a rehaul of our health insurance? they scream no socialized health insurance, well darn why not? If I could afford dentral work to be done, I would do it in a flash. Those who are blessed with money do not realize what this does to us who are not so rich. I brush and I floss but the cavities still need fixing and that I can do nothing about.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
I don't see why socialised health insurance is so bad. Fair pay for the medics and affordable treatment for the patients. What's not to like? Unless you are a pharmaceutical company of course.......
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• Netherlands
8 Oct 09
Yes I also watch after my teeth P1key. I have a check up every 6 months and have them cleaned and a checked for any problems. Oddly enough I just received my 6 month reminder in the mail Today from my dentist, so I shall be going there again soon. I also brush them regularly but as far as flossing, I must admit I don't do that as often as I should because I usually get it stuck in-between my teeth and I end up having to cut it out!!! So other than my off and on flossing boo boo, I do try to look after my teeth.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
I love flossing GEL. I like to get it as deep into the gaps as possible. But I am very kinky as you know! LOL.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
8 Oct 09
Smile please p1ke.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
Beam!!! LOL.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
8 Oct 09
I went last November to a oral surgeon to have 2 teeth pulled. They gave me some pretty heavy duty pain killers after that and i was loopy for a few days. Prior to that was in September of last year for a check up and October when one of the two teeth abscessed before my appointment with the oral surgeon.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
Touch wood I haven't had an abcess in years. My Dad gets them all the time though. Very painful.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
8 Oct 09
They do hurt. My face was so swollen and at the time the dentist tried to drain it but it wouldnt while i was there...i remember being so glad when it finally did and so grossed out cause it tasted nasty and it had alota force behind the drain.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
8 Oct 09
I go every 6 months but i know how unusual this is. I have something wrong with me that caused dry mouth and this leads to a lot of problems that are best caught early. But I do know people with limited resources leave their mouth care mostly to nature, who does not treat it kindly, especially if they also have a poor diet.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
Six months seems a usual pattern to me. That's the recommended rate here. But over here, dental health costs a nominal sum - that said not everyone can get it here.
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
9 Oct 09
Yes, i do though it takes so much courage on my part. You see, it is my greatest fear. I have been afraid of seeing the dentist ever since i was a child and still does. But i make sure to visit him once a year, but i am not lucky enough to have such nice teeth and a "close up smile" as we call it.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
I used to have terrible teeth and was always at the dentist Sweetie. I reached a point where I wasn't frightened, just tired of him.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
Good for you P1key, i on the other hand is so afraid of the dentist during my younger years up to now. It takes me lots of courage to go and see him, though, i really really need to see him. As i got much older and got my girls i really have to put on a brave face when i take them to see him, fighting the fear inside me.I do not know why, i do not get hurt when i have an extraction but i still dread the thought of going to the dentist.
@suzzy3 (8357)
8 Oct 09
We all go to the dentist every six months ,floss,mouth wash and clean my teeth at least twice a day.We have always looked after our teeth in our family.None of my three kids had anydental work done at the dentist not a filling ,my daughter is 31 and still has not had a filling,my oldest son who is 34 only ever had a brace although he has had a few fillings in his twenties always went to the dentist.My youngest son who is 16 year has never had a filling either,my mum passed away at 74 years old with all her own teeth.I think it must be genetic I am due at the dentist in april next year.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
Wow. I am impressed. I have a mouth full of fillings - although most were done when I was a child.
@suzzy3 (8357)
8 Oct 09
I also have a mouthful of fillings but no false teeth,my dentist says my teeth are very strong.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
8 Oct 09
I went to the dentist on Tuesday... it was a GREAT visit - be on the look out for my announcement on Friday about it - never say anything until it happens is my way, but this is a "hint"...
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
Darn. I'm going away on Friday. I will have to look out for it when I get back next week.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
8 Oct 09
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
8 Oct 09
Hi plkeflsh, I am constantly amazed by the perfection of American teeth and clearly see why they laugh at the Brits in this regard. The first time I actually noticed a live Americans teeth being in such good and shiny condition I automratically presumed she was sporting dentures, but no, the whole country appears to have them. Personally I do the necessary visits to the torture chamber but hardly have an American result from the experience. Greek teeth on the whole appear to be in rather poor condition but will I expect improve generationally.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Oct 09
I know what you mean by American teeth. I see many gleaming, beaming smiles. But not all of them are like that. I see some not so good teeth too. Too many Krispie Kreme doughnuts perhaps!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
8 Oct 09
I wonder if every child there is automatically fitted with braces? Indeed though they won't laugh as much when all those doughnuts have done their worst.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
16 Oct 09
You are so funny! People tell me I have nice teeth so I guess it is ok for me to keep smiling or even laughing after reading this!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
I guess so. Keep on smiling - it's pretty.
@littleowl (7157)
13 Oct 09
Hi p1ike, My last visit to the dentist was a week ago and I had a filling then he cleaned my teeth, they maynot be gleaming white but they are all my own teeth and am proud that at least they do look fairly good for my age ( thankfully I'm not 70 yet! lol)...I do look after them as much as possible but do know a number of people that will not go anywhere near the dentist..which personally I find bad...hugs LoLo
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
I try to visit the dentist twice a year LoLo. Some people struggle to find an affordable dentist. Here there is only one NHS dentist that will take on new patients and he doesn't have a good reputation so people tend to suffer instead.
• India
12 Oct 09
Most probably, you will run away from me. I brush my teeth everyday and that's it. I guess they are slightly off-white, but I don't have bad breath. Why on earth should I waste money on dentists? None of my ancestors did and they had better teeth than most dentists do now. Whenever I feel I have any problems with my teeth, I just do some oil pulling. Cheers and happy Mylotting
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
Clean teeth are good. I am sure that they are perfectly lovely.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
10 Oct 09
I am now seeing the dentist quite frequently. Why? Because I did not take care of my teeth well. Sound advice P1kef1sh. Ainge
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
There we are Vindicated. Thanks Ainge.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
9 Oct 09
I have never had good teeth as I have a very small mouth and not enough room for all of my teeth to fit! This has caused teeth to grow behind others and all crooked, which does not bother me these days, but when I was younger it used to, so I did not smile too often. This I think I inherited from my dad as he had very bad teeth when he was younger and had them all replaced with false teeth when he was in his twenties! It is impossible for me to get in between all of my teeth with floss but I do brush twice daily. I visit the dentist often these days too, but after I left school and had to pay for my own visits I did not go for 12 years! I then had visits for fillings every two weeks for six months to catch up. I have also had 4 teeth removed because they were bad and giving me pain.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
I had a similar problem when I was a boy. I aim to go twice a year these days.
@AndyDan (50)
• China
9 Oct 09
I rarely visit the dentist due to my teeth are very health.I just do basic care which is cleaning my teeth twice one day.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
How are your gums? Are they healthy too?
• Philippines
9 Oct 09
Hi, thanks for posting this topic about taking care of our teeth.I really have a problem in smiling. I wanted to have my teeth checked by the dentist but it will cost me much which I can't afford. I am a school teacher and I need to smile to my students so that I may perhaps brighten their day. The problem is I can't. That's because I don't have good teeth. How I wish I could smile everytime I go out especially in talking to other people. This time I'm having plans to have my teeth reconstructed. Though it will cost me much but it is more important to show my happiness to people. Indeed smiling is really important for us to show other people how passionate we are about them!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 09
Smiling is important and I know people with perfectly good teeth who are too self-conscious to smile. Ignore others, smile for yourself.