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Got two new fillings today. My lower lip is still numb on the left side.

One of them was in my top-right molar, which was the tooth that I got a filling in some time ago... he drilled out the old filling and replaced it, and man does this feel a lot more competently done. That old filling kinda went straight across, flat, and this one feels like a tooth again.

The other filling was in my lower left wisdom tooth... The dentist offered to hold off on that one "in case I decided to have them removed instead." It looks like only 15% of the surface of the lower wisdom teeth are actually used in chewing, but someday they could be handy in bridgework or something? It does add to the cleaning effort in my mouth, though, and it's harder to brush around the back of that row of teeth, and it's one more hard-to-reach spot that I need to floss regularly.

Yes. Flossing. I need to really do it this time. Both of these cavities were between teeth, in places that flossing would have prevented. On the other hand, I could wait less than two years between cleanings... maybe that would be sufficient. I apparently have 1mm of recession in my gums in places, I don't know if that's good or bad, but flossing will make my gums "less tender."

Is "less tender" a synonym for "calloused"?

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frolain
Apr. 19th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
For me flossing regular meant that my gums didn't bleed on the rare occasions that I did floss; no callouses as such. Don't let yourself go to bed until you floss and you can get in the habit.

6-month cleanings are probably what have saved me from tooth issues. I know I never took as much care as I should have growing up but I never missed a cleaning visit.
pekmez
Apr. 19th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
no, sadly, flossing often means there isn't tiny crap in your gums to leave them perpetually irritated by having tiny crap stuck in.

not that this gets me to floss often enough.
honeyartichoke
Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed with frolain - regular flossing does not cause calluses, just makes it so that gums don't bleed (as much) when flossed. Also, it reduces the depth of pockets in the gums - which is good i guess because stuff does not accumulate as much. Also cleaning out the buildup between teeth helps prevent those annoying cavities in between teeth. I'm still struggling with the *every day* thing, but definitely it's good to do as often as possible.
ext_33407
Apr. 24th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Flossing
Next time you're at the dentist see if he can just show you your plaque with the video camera. Basically, when you don't floss, this cool yellow gunk builds up on the area that the bristles of the toothbrush don't get. This gunk is mostly bacteria. That irritates your gums, and makes them recede (and also causes that bleeding when you DO floss).

Flossing removes it. Regular dental cleaning removes it better.

I just go in for cleaning 4 times a year. It's overkill, and insurance doesn't cover all of it (but it's not really THAT expensive either). But at least I know I'm keeping it nice and healthy. And I know I'm awful at flossing, so it's better than nothing....
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