Have you ever had a cavity?

@Tatsuya (1149)
United States
February 6, 2007 1:36am CST
Have you ever gone to the dentist, after taking care of your teeth all the time, to have the dentist tell you that you have a cavity? If so, how old were you and did you get it filled? I know some people who would just leave. Do you have cavities now?
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8 responses
• United States
6 Feb 07
Uggg. My parents never took us to the dentist as kids. I never went until I was 14 and that was because I had broken a tooth. However, I was really big on always brushing my teeth. After the broken tooth at 14 they never took me back again until 2 weeks before I turned 17 and I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. Once I had insurance on my own I went for regular visits and cleanings. I couldn't believe how much better my teeth were. When I was 23 I was pregnant with my daughter. I started having horrible pains in my gums. I would just be sitting there or just talking and they would start bleeding. I was told that this happens to some pregnant women. Something about enzymes not breaking junk down in your mouth. But they couldn't do much for me while I was pregnant and buy the time I had the baby, I went back and had like 7 cavities!!!! I couldn't believe it, I'd never had any before and didn't have any 6 months before I got pregnant. It was crazy. Sorry probably more info then you wanted.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Yes I have. I always get it filled. I was told by a dentist one time that I brushed too hard and needed to use a soft toothbrush so sometimes vigorous brushing isn't good. He explained that I was pushing my gums up where food particles could get in under the gum. This explained why all my cavities were at the gumline.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Feb 07
My dentist told me to use a soft bristle brush also. I have a few pits in my teeth from brushing, but they aren't growing so they don't need to be filled.
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• Canada
7 Feb 07
I had my first cavity when i was 19. i hate going to the dentist so i was so scared. but it didn't hurt at all to get it done and an hour after i had it filled i was back to work talking on the phone, i was sluring a little but that's cause i was still frozen.
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• Oman
7 Feb 07
Ive always brushed my teeth twice in a day. I had my first cavity at 18 and i waited so long to go to the dentist (because im terrified of dentists and their tools) that i had to do a root canal. that was the most painful experience in my life. as i was informed by my dentist, if i had waited a little longer he would have had to pull out my teeth. reently i went to the dentist to get some cavities filled. since they were not deep, they just involved a bit of cleaning and then filling. that didnt hurt at all. i had 4 done and i did two at a time. So my advice to anyone get your cavities filled before it gets so deep that you have to do a root canal. Believe me, you dont want to go through all that pain and its lighter on your pocket to just have your cavity filled
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I know that I have cavities, but I have never been to see a dentist other than when people came to check on our teeth at school back when I was still in school. I really have not taken the good care of my teeth over the years that I should have. I guess that I am really lucky in that I have only had toothaches a few times, and I was able to get the pain to abate by putting ice in a bag and holding it against my face. I also find that if I make sure to brush my teeth more often, I don't get those toothaches, either. But I do have a few teeth that are really messed up. I don't know that I will ever go to the dentist unless I honestly can't bear not to do so.
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• Australia
15 Feb 07
You know what's weird? I'm 20 and I've never had a cavity. I also don't use toothpaste with fluoride in it, ut i'm going to have to get my wisdom teeth out soon.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
15 Feb 07
That's really good though! Thanks for responding and good luck with the wisdom teeth.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I didn't have my first cavity until I was 14. Nothing changed in my life, like eating habits, except one thing. I started using fluoride toothpaste. Before the cavity I had always used either baking soda or a toothpaste without fluoride but the dentist insisted that I use a fluoride toothpaste and that's what my mother bought me. After that I had one cavity after another. Then I moved to an area with fluoridated water and it just kept getting worse. I actually lost most of my teeth because of it. Since I stopped using fluoride toothpaste and stopped drinking the local water my teeth stopped deteriorating.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I first went to the dentist when I was about 13. I had a cavity or two. Went back in 6 months, a few more cavities. I quit going for a few years. When I went back, I had one cavity. In 6 months, 3 more. I quit going after a while again. About 10 years later I went back, had a very small cavity, they filled it. Went back in 6 months, you guessed it, MORE cavities. Why can I go 10 years with only 1 tiny cavity, but 6 months later have a mouthful??? I don't go any more. I brush twice a day and floss once a day.