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 If I use mouthwash, do I need to floss?

 I get really bad breath.what things can i use/do to reduce this?it starts getting bad soon after i brush them!

 TOOTH WHERE IT SHOULDN'T BE...Tooth growing on bottom gum towards tounge in 5 year old, what is this?
As stated my friends five year old son's mom has just noticed a tooth growing out of his bottom gum area near where the tounge lays. Is this common or is it a sign of a major deformity? And ...

 Those who had their wisdom teeth cut/pulled out:?
My face is twice the size and my glands. Is this normal for my face to get so swollen like this? When will it go away?? I look horrible!
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 Hmm...do braces hurt?

 What time do you brush your teeth? When is the best time to brush your teeth?
I was wanting to know what time do you think is the best time of the day, evening or night to brush your teeth. I brush my teeth in the morning and it seems like such a pain to me....

 Sometimes whenever i breath in it hurts..?
like i get sharp pains .. ithurts so i have to breath out for 1 0 secs and then breath in..
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i do not have astma.. i didnt pull a muscle whenever i sometimes breath it ...

 Why do old ppl have fake tooths?
hey girls have ever seen your grand mother removing her teeth well i've seen it before on tv and its ...

 If there is anyone eating right now, can i have a bite?????

 Hi there, what are some ways to stop my teeth from getting cavities?

 Is it necessary to have wisdom teeth removed?
In the U.S., it seems like everyone has their wisdom teeth removed, but in Morocco it's only done when absolutely necessary. I've lived in Morocco for awhile now, but my wisdom teeth just ...

 How much money should I give my daughter for her tooth that she lost today?
She lost one of her canines today. One of the ones on the bottom. She has been polishing it all day, and saying that I should give her ten dollars, should I?...

 Braces on a 21 years old guy... cute or unattractive?
I have slightly crowded teeth but not terrible but im planning on getting ceramic braces(white ones)... for you girls... can it be somewhat cute or just plain ...

 My dentist yelled at me after one tooth shifted, now i need to go back for another shift! im afraid!?
i had braces in junior high, and at the time i didnt fully understand the importance of wearing a retainer afterwards and one tooth shifted. i had to go back and get another retainer fitted to my ...

 BrAcEs HeLp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
or not? ///////////////////////////===========...

 Does it hurt to have teeth pulled???
Because i have 4 teeth that have to be pulled and i'm still a kid and i'm kind of scared. No, REALLY scared. So does it??...

 I'm getting braces soon, and i'm really nervous, I NEED TIPS! HELP ME!?
I am 15, I need to have braces for 18 months, i have to wear rubber bands on the left but i'm really scared. Can anybody give me some good tips about what to eat, what NOT TO DO when you have ...

 I just got braces 2 hours ago and I have got a question!?
These things are annoying! How long does it take to get used to them, and how long does it take for your teeth to start straightening up? T...

 I just got my braces off and im 14 but i have these gross yellow stains..?
where the braces used to be!!it looks soooo bad like the rest of my tooth is white but there is this yellow stain where the brace was!!im emberassed to open my mouth!!it looks so gross .and i always ...

 At 32, just been told I need dentures!!!?
Just wondering if anyone else is in ( or has been in) my situation and how you coped with it all. Any advice?...

Snakey B
Haven't been to the dentist for ten years - what to expect?
I'm hoping for reassurance that I haven't wrecked my teeth for good...

I went regularly when I was a kid (up to age 17). Then that was it until I was 25 when I needed a wisdom tooth taken out. The dentist said I didn't need any other work doing.

Now I'm 34 and I can feel a hole. It's a tooth which already has a filling so I don't know whether I've lost part of that filling or whether it's a new cavity that's developed.

Common sense tells me that since all my teeth are made of the same stuff and have had the same experiences then if one has a hole the others won't be far behind. This is making me not want to go... stupid I know... I can't help it!

So, my question, to any dentists or dental nurses. In your experience, when people my age show up having left it for ten years, do they typically need loads of work doing as well as the specific problem they came in with? What are my chances of getting away with having left it so long?

Also, what should I expect? What's changed?

take care it will be really painful

mr bigs
I visit a holistic dentist every time-they often have safer and more painless options to old fashioned nhs dentists,who are happy to fill your mouth with ugly metal fillings,etc,some of which are argued by some to be unhealthy because of some of the metals used.


A set of teeth like a row of derelict houses, oh dear.


not much well im only 11 but its a lot more touchy feely

the prices have gone up up up!!!!

Daisy the cow
Unless you've taken extremely good care (ie twice daily brushing and flossing) you can probably expect a fairly big bill and a more than just the obvious repair of the hole you have noticed. My husband didn't (nor was he made to by his parents) attend the dentist between the ages of 12 - 25 and had about 5 fillings (one a root filling - ouch) and a crown which was pretty expensive. I hope for the sake of your face and wallet that you don't need too much work, but unfortunately I doubt it will be the case (really hope I'm wrong).

Loads of work to be done to your teeth.When you tell the dentist you have'nt been to a dentist for ten years, He/She will see ££££££££s signs

Flaming broomstix!
don't worry...

i didn't go for 13 years and i finally got my first filling...then i got sealants put in and had the first cleaning of my entire life...

it wasn't that bad...

and now i'm getting braces...unfortunately i didn't get them in my teens...

if u tell the doc that u'r nervous they'll numb u extra for any work that needs to be done!

the amount of work needed depends on how well u took care of ur teeth...i was terrible with mine...but i came out ok!

First, its going to be hard to find an NHS dentist! You may need to go private so ask around for recommendations and let people you're asking know you're nervous about it.

In my 20's I went to a dentist who filled the same back tooth 3 times and every two weeks it came out so I gave up and never went back until in my late 30's (or even later). My husband has always been good with his teeth so it was actually when we moved and had to find a dentist (private) for him that I decided to actually get checked out. I did send him first to see what he thought of the dentist and hubby told him I was really nervous and hadn't been for about 20 years and if I felt even a sniff of discomfort or fear then I'd be outta there. A few weeks later I went to see him and he was fantastic. Very very gentle, telling me every step of the way what he was going to do/doing and that was just a check up! Anyway, I don't eat sweets or drink fizzy drinks and I've even pretty lax on my brushing (at least once a day but sometimes only once a day)!!!! I still had the hole where the previous third filling had dropped out and he decided on the next visit to fill that. We discussed injections...I DONT like needles. But he promised I wouldn't feel it and if I felt comfortable maybe next time I could try without. He always said at any time, if I wanted him to stop for any reason to raise my hand and he would immediately. When it came to the injection he told me to open my mouth wide...and I thought he was putting some packing in but he'd actually injected me! I felt nothing! He filled the tooth. It stayed in for 6 weeks! So next time, we tried without the injection...and I was still fine! But it still came out another 6 weeks later. The poor man tried a third time but apparantly I have a strength of bite almost equivalent to a great white so fillings won't last long with me. So now, I've had 4 fillings taken out and replaced with 4 crowns instead. And I did it all in the year following a pregnancy (as guided by the dentist) so I got them all half price. None have come out and that was 4 years ago. Suffice to say I've been back every 6 months for check ups each time, not had any work needed. Hubby though, even though he looked after his teeth much better than I ever did is about to undergo his second root canal and has had one out too! Dentist says I'm very lucky to have gone so long without a check to have needed so little work done and how good a condition my teeth were/are actually in....and I'm now 45.

So, I've only said all this to let you know that a) just because you haven't been for so long, don't assume the worst. b) find a good one you're comfortable with and who really does put you at ease c) stick with him! When ours changed practice, we moved with him and now our 4 yr old son sees him too and is so NOT afraid, like I used to be! He's only about 30 and I enjoy the banter with him, hubby enjoys the football chat and my son enjoys getting stickers afterwards. Dentists today are a different breed to what they were years ago.

So go on, take the jump. Oh and don't think you're the first nervous person to have wandered in saying you've not been for years. They've seen cases much much worse than you will be!

The first thing you can expect is an x-ray to check on the condition of your roots.As long as you have kept your brushing regular you may well find that you need very little work done at all. You will definatly get a scale and polish which will really make a difference to the appearance of your teeth.I had pretty much the same experiance myself and only had to have two fillings and a wisdom tooth out.You really shouldnt worry though,you might like to explain the situation to the dentist before he/she starts working and tell them you are nervous. They are really very good these days.

You really need to make an appointment. For one thing, it will probably start to hurt if a filling is missing or if you have a cavity. Secondly, it can cause bad breath. No, at age 34, you won't necessarily need tons of work done. Your teeth may just need to be cleaned. After ten years, I can pretty much guarantee that. But that does not hurt.

gardner. ; ]
you will most likely have some cavities

Usually the first visit to the dentist is a check up. They assess the fillings in your mouth now and also if you need any. We have patients all the time that havnt been in years and usually there is nothing more to do than a few fillings Dont worry you will be fine. Good luck

my husband is like you he just wont go he is terrified of the dentist the last time he went with tooth ache they told him all his bottom teeth were unfixable but he never went back to get them out or whatever that was about ten years ago so god knows how bad they are now and the rest cant be any better.i go regular and quite a lot has changed it is not as sore as it used to be but we are paying through the nose for that pleasure if i were you i would go and see exactlly what damage there is before it gets any worse,good luck.

Not a dentist or dental assistant...but....

You will probably need some fillings. The injections are effective at killing any pain, all you get is some vibration. A tip to help you. Find out where the dentist is going to inject your gum for the fillings. An hour before your appointment start applying baby teething gel to your gums at those places. Do it every 10 minutes. You will find you dont even feel the needle go in.
You will probably have to have some tartar removed from the teeth, thats a pretty easy procedure. Air gums are used to dry teeth they can be a bit of putting at first but are nothing but a blast of cool air.
Tell the dentist you are nervous, they are pretty good at putting people at their ease nowdays. The work may be done in smaller units to help you;
Good luck, you'll be fine;

jennifer s
I did the same thing, I waited about 15 years! They were very gentle. One of my fillings needed to be replaced also. That happens over time, especially if your fillings are the old silver ones. Let them know how long it has been. My husband and son have had tons of work done,including getting an abcess pulled. Noone ever felt a thing. They have come such a long way. There is nothing to fear!

Whether or not you need a lot of work will depend on how much plaque has built up in your mouth over the past 10 years. My daughter went 10 years without seeing a dentist and all she needed was a good cleaning (but she has very little plaque for some reason).

Some indicators to look for that might indicate you have a problem mouth (besides the hole in one tooth) might be sore gums or gums that bleed. If you spit 'pink' when you brush your teeth, you've likely got issues.

You need an evaluation by a qualified professional. If it turns out you have a lot of work to be done and you don't have dental insurance or otherwise can't afford to get the work done, see if you have a dental college in your area you can schedule an appt with. These people will be doctors performing their residencies, but the people overseeing them and advising them should be some of the best dentists available. The procedures they perform should be cutting edge since dental colleges are generally well funded. Besides, they have to TEACH the latest technology, therefore they have to have the latest equipment to do so.

If you are afraid to go to the dentist because you think it might be painful, please be aware that virtually painless dentistry exists in this day and age.

bernie c
It depends on you some have gone a long time without going and not had to have much done others lots I think dentist are more aware now how nervous some can get at the thought of going and are very reassuring if you look in the yellow pages you will see that some deal with nervous patients Good luck hope all goes well

I can tell you what you could expect to happen if you were going to the office that I work for.
First, we would take a pan x-ray of you. This x-ray shows all of your teeth and the bone structure around them.
Then the dentist would prescribe treatment for the tooth with the big hole.
After it is fixed, he would want you to set up an appointment for a cleaning. After the cleaning, he will check you for other cavities and prescribe treatment for them.
It may sound like a lot to do, but it's actually very common. Many people who decide to take better care of their teeth later in life have to come in for a few appointment to get many teeth filled.
But, after those teeth are filled, they just have to come back every 6 months for a cleaning. And problems can be addressed then instead of piling up on you.
Also, the first cleaning may be a little uncomfortable, but if you go back as prescribed, the next ones will be much easier.
Best wishes!

I dont know where all these dental assistants work but they have different answers for everything, I Am however a dentist and I'll simplify the visit for you.

Firstly brush your teeth,and go in.DONT chicken out.

The decay is probably nothing like u fear.IF u had ADVANCED DECAY you'd have gone believe it!the pain would have forced u to.As u haven't suffered abscessing of teeth the decay,if any,on other teeth cant be bad.

Todays dentistry is painless and not at all anything to fear.

Your dentist will look over your teeth, check for decay thats visible, check for sensitivity. He will clean and polish your teeth, brightening your smile and removing plaque.

Fiilings are done gently and easily under a local anasthetic by simply lightly drilling away any decayed material and filling it..

An xray is painless as u know,its a photo,however unlike dental nurse said above its not necessary unless you have deep cavity(ies) or pain thats not immediately visible.

After 10 years u have probably lost part of your filling,it will be removed simply,the hole cleaned and filled.thats it.

Many people wait as long as u and longer..go in,its easy,you'll be happy u did I guarantee u my friend.Write back here when its done and let me know how u get on.

Finally absolutely NO disrespect to dental nurses and the difficult and important work they do but it does concern me when people make sweeping statements here about teeth and call themselves dental nurses, some of the things I read lead me to believe these people are not dental nurses and they cause more fear than reassurance.
As a dentist I can diagnose nothing without seeing your teeth but working from the info u gave..how long since last visit and fact you're not in pain I can safely say you need not worry but do go in!

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