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tooth status

Ok, so I guess I owe people a followup.  I went to the dentist yesterday at 3:40 to have him look at my tooth and stuff.

X-rays show no cavities; the dentist agrees from having looked around a bit.  The gums are a little receded, maybe it's sensitivity due to that. 

It's also possible that it's related to me grinding my teeth at night; I'm pretty sure I do this, at least a little, and during the day too.  I've done it since I had a filling put in that was a little uneven, I think.  So it's possibly sore ligaments in the gums.

Nothing drastic, and my dental insurance covered the whole visit.  This dentist (Bean recommended Kendall Dental Associates) gave me a good vibe the way no other has before...  maybe the way he went out of his way to say he didn't want to drill when it might not be necessary (and really, it looks like it's not at this point.)

Still, this scare might be just enough to get me brushing and flossing religiously again.

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nathanw
Feb. 9th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
These are the folks in One Kendall Square? I liked them a lot, though the particular dentist I had there moved on to other things.
crs
Feb. 9th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yep. Them.
gmpe
Feb. 9th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, brush and floss.

And perhaps I'll have to see if they accept the new dental plan we have. (Our old dentist office isn't in the plan...)
hammercock
Feb. 10th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Bruxism (grinding) can definitely make your teeth hurt and make your gums recede around the teeth that are taking the most stress. Ask me how I know. :-/

You can spend $500 on a custom guard to help, but you can also go to the pharmacy and spend $25-30 on something called Doctor's Night Guard (or something close to that), which is a nicer version of the boil-and-bite athletic mouth guards.
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