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illicit use of floss picks [15 Apr 2010|07:00pm]


I was chatting with a patient a few weeks ago, and she asked me if I knew of any illicit drug-related uses one might have with a floss pick. She was working with a needle exchange program and there were areas where a lot of the garbage on the ground included them. I couldn't come up with anything online. Any ideas?
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[15 Feb 2010|01:24am]

I posted a long while ago about having a two-headed tooth, and wondered what it was technically called; it didn't really go very well. So here are some actual photographs and an xray.
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As I wrote before, it started out as a little bump on the side of the root of my tooth when I was about 11 or 12 years old. It was fully emerged by the time I was in my late teens. Yes, it moved all of my teeth around. They used to be straight, damnit.

Anyway, now that I've got some actual photos (I couldn't find accurate depictions or names anywhere), would anyone happen to know what this is called? The "two-headed tooth" phrase is something I actually took from my dentist, so... I'm not particularly hopeful. =)
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[09 Aug 2009|09:39pm]

[ mood | Depressed ]

This community looks fairly dead, but...I couldn't find anything more active.

So, a quick introduction. I'm 23 years old, and I hate my teeth.

Yeah, I know this is a community for loving teeth...and I'll tell you what. I'd sure looove to get them all taken out!

To fix them would cost about $50,000, according to not only dentists, but oral surgeons and some people at ClearChoice. (That's a temporary fix, as my teeth would decay from the inside for things like caps/veneers and go back anyway.) To get dental implants would cost $44,000. To get dentures is much cheaper, but...being 23, I'd rather die than have dentures.

Don't get me wrong, I know...a lot of people use them. But my self-confidence would never be able to handle it.

Believe me when I say I have no option but to pull them. (People argue but, in the end, when they see my teeth, they realize I'm right. Most of my teeth are broken in at least one place, and the edges of some are so sharp they've cut the inside of my mouth or rubbed until they created canker sores.)

According to one doctor, I have what they call Rapid Decay. I have pretty much no enamel to protect my teeth, and with three impacted wisdom teeth that have pushed my teeth together crookedly, leaving spaces for food and/or soda to linger for even an hour at a time, things just kind of...went their course.

So my question is this: how the hell can anyone afford to get things like dental implants? I want them badly. They won't be like having real teeth, but...at least I won't have to take them out at night. I work full-time, but I have no college education and can't get a job that pays a whole lot. (Currently doing factory work as a temporary.) I tried for things like MedLife and CareCredit, but could only come up with $9,000 total. (And the interest is ridiculous.)

My teeth are at the point where I'm in pain all the time. And if my teeth don't hurt too terribly? Well, canker sores from the sharp edges rubbing the inside of my mouth do. Eating is now something I don't even like doing. I love food, but I'm stuck eating slowly and on timed breaks/lunches at work. I've lost weight (I'm down to about 96lbs) and I can't gain it back. (I don't particularly want to. I'm just saying.) When faced with the choice to eat or not eat, even if I'm hungry, if I'm not hungry enough, I won't feel it's worth it, and I won't eat at all. Basically, I've been eating to stay alive and that's it.

So what do I do? I know what I want to do, but I don't know how to come up with that kind of money. I can't save very much right now. I have a car payment. I have car insurance. Rent. Phone. You know? I hardly have any money at the end of the month to save. And with $44k needed, how can I possibly save up enough fast enough? They've gotten much worse in the last year, and I don't know if I can go another year without getting something done.

I'm really torn. I don't want to be in pain all of the time. But by the same token, I'm going through depression, and taking my teeth out every night and spending time getting them in in the morning...is not going to help.

Just as a note, I don't have any medical or dental insurance at all, but I doubt they'd even make a dent in the $44k for dental implants.

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Dental Hygiene Tips [08 May 2009|03:33pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I got a kick out of this.


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Advice on getting into Dental Hygiene school. [08 Apr 2009|12:33pm]

[ mood | curious ]

(Cross-posted in Dent_School)
When I graduated from High School in 1999, I had no idea what I wanted to do my life. The only job experience I had at that point was a part time cashier position at a suburban McDonald's. The only subject that I enjoyed in High School was Art class. I was naive and callow, I didn't take my education seriously, and I didn't have any specific future goals. The future seemed distant and inconsequential. The only thing I could think about was socializing in this new, exciting world of youthful freedom, fueled by my raging hormones.

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Radical Amazing Dental Self-Care Workshop with Wyatt Riot! [03 Mar 2009|09:47pm]

Radical Amazing Dental Self-Care Workshop with Wyatt Riot!


march 14th
1pm - 3pm
in other words bookstore – 8 ne killingsworth st – wheelchair accessible – all $$ goes to IOW - $1 - $500,000,000 sliding scale no one turned away

wyatt riot, local homoheartthrob / dental assistant is putting on a radical dental skill share!!!!

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[31 May 2008|09:10pm]

Has anyone tried this? Does it work?
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Freak o' nature [23 May 2008|12:01pm]


Here's the dealio, one of my teeth started growing a sort of second head... It was visible in x-rays when I was about 12. It grew enough to erupt from the gums around 15-16ish. I'm 20 now, and it has continued to grow. It's not terribly huge, but it has pushed my teeth around (I had naturally freaking straight teeth, so this kind of bothers me). It's starting to put pressure on the teeth around it in a painful way... I don't really want to go through oral surgery, because then I'll be left with all sorts of gaps...

(Uh, what would you guys do?)

Secondly, I cannot find a name for this anywhere, nor an accurate description... Or any sort of photograph at all of anyone else having this. I've looked all over the internets, and I have found nothing... I figured I should try here, and see if anyone knows anything. (Which also raises another problem. If it's unique, then I imagine it would be hard to fix... As the dentist would have no experience in fixing these sorts of things. I'd rather not have my teeth screwed up.)

It's... Like my tooth grew a limb, or a second head, or something of that nature. It's not any sort of cusp, because it's far too developed. I've simply been saying that I have 32.5 teeth. *Shrug*

Anyone know anything about this?
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I'm just wondering [20 May 2008|03:49am]

What is everyone's opinions on chain dental offices. In MA, we have places like Gentle Dental and Aspen Dental. I'm starting to apply for jobs, and I've seen a couple listings for places, but I'm wondering how being employed would be at these places, and also the quality of care.
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xposted at dent_school [15 May 2008|08:11pm]

Hey, I'm not too sure how active this community is, but I have a couple questions regarding dental school. I currently work in a dental office right now with my dentist whom I've known my entire life. I love it there and the people definitely know what they are doing, but I feel that they are a bit behind the times on the knowhow about dental school, employment & education needed, especially since one of the dental hygienist didn't even go to college!

I'm a freshman at a community college, but after another year I am planning on transferring and getting my bachelors in general biology at a 4 year school. Has anyone ever heard of someone getting their associates in dental assisting/dental hygiene first, then go transfer to the 4 year school to finish up 2-3 years, and then continue to dental school? I don't want to take out loans, and I feel by doing this I could be very self sufficient, as well as making progress even before I even get into dental school. And another thing, is general biology even specific enough? Should I do something more competitive like Bio chemistry?

Any help would be so much help! Thank you!
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[12 May 2008|05:30pm]

Yay!!! I passed the national boards, with an 84!! and an 89 on the NERB! I'm ecstatic right now!
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[08 May 2008|10:47am]

has anyone gotten their National board results yet? I'm dying here, lol. Has anyone taken the NERB clinical yet? I take mine on Saturday...scary.
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[14 Mar 2008|07:26pm]

  Hi! I'm new here. I can't believe I actually for a community thats dedicated to teeth!
A little bit about me. I'm 20 and  while, currently, I don't have the greatest teeth in the world, I am working on making them better, I have horribly gapped teeth on the top along with some cavities. I love my teeth and I am working on keeping them. 

Today I went to the dentist since I am finally in a stable household where I won't be moving to a different city/state within the next few months (I have moved about 15 times in the past 2 1/2 years) I have a lot of cavities to fill and I also have to get a crown. Then I can FINALLY get my BRACES!!

For those of you who have/had braces are invisalign realllly worth it? Or Am I better off just going with traditional braces. Invisalign will cost me roughly 4,500 bucks. However out of pocket is going to be about 2,000. I have no clue about the tradition braces. They also told me with Invis. ones I will have on for about a year to a year and a half maybe  little more. I don't really care how long I have them on as long as I have stright teeth eventually. Anyways, to the point, Are they reallllly worth it?
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[14 Mar 2008|06:24am]

random, yet super neat (to me, at least). an x-ray of my teeth:

(no, i don't have a siamese twin).

i just enjoy this because it encompasses two of my favorite things, x-rays and teeth.
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[13 Mar 2008|03:22pm]

12 days till I take the National Dental Hygiene Boards, eek! I've been studying but I don't feel prepared!!
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[13 Feb 2008|02:10pm]

Ok, I have possibly an odd question. My wisdom teeth came in and one, yes one, of my teeth is crooked. I don't really want a whole set of braces for one crooked tooth. It is my left front tooth on top so it's really having a negative effect on me. I didn't ask my dentist yet but will when my wisdom teeth are extracted but is there any other way besides 4k braces that can fix my funky tooth? It's not a huge crookedness it is very slight but it will cause me to never smile again. 

Oh yeah, should I get a 2nd opinion on my wisdom teeth? Even though my tooth is crooked, I can't really see how my wisdom teeth could have done it. The ones on top, one is already in, the other is coming in. But the one that is in, there is a space between it and my other teeth. They don't hurt either. My mother has her wisdom teeth still and she is in her late 40's.

Edit again: Will a waterpik be as good as flossing if I buy one? (I really hate flossing but I don't want periodontal disease either). Any recommendations on one?
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[07 Jan 2008|07:22pm]


I made that for my friend.

Teeth are fine in these parts, but my dental hygiene program is pretty darned irritating. You'll have that. Happy new year everyone!
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Hygiene School [17 Nov 2007|07:17pm]

Ok, so from the last post it looked like there were a lot of hygiene students on this community. So my questions are:

What school are you going to? What year are you in? What is your favorite course? What about least favorite??
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crest pro-health [15 Nov 2007|10:34am]


I'm usually a colgate total girl all the way...but figured I'd give pro-health a try since I just got 3 giant tubes of it from school. I tried the cinnimon. I have to say, all day I had just a hint of cinnimon in my mouth, even after eating. I'm not sure how I feel about its cleaning properties yet, though.
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wild. [02 Nov 2007|06:28pm]


Sucks to be her.
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