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PSA: See your dentist regularly
I last saw a dentist in mid-2001, while I still had dental coverage under COBRA. After Event Zero imploded, then HR Logic collapsed, and I had no COBRA coverage, I didn't go for my regular checkups since I was out of work and broke. Ok, so I started working last November and have dental coverage again - but the last thing on my mind when starting a new job was taking time off to go have a checkup, and then I forgot about it.

I have a toothache. It is mild, mainly the tooth is hypersensitive to temperature changes - like those caused by BREATHING if I don't keep my mouth closed. Even then it twinges. The fun part is this isn't a molar or somehting way in the back - it is the lower front, right incisor. Dead front of my mouth.

It started feeling weird last night. This morning I made an appointment with a new dentist in Worcester for next Friday (first opening), figuring it would be fine. But as the day wears on, I wonder if I'll make it a week. If it stays like it is, I should be ok, if it gets worse, I'll probably have to seek emergency treatment.

I haven't had a cavity in many, many years. I don't think I've ever had a toothache. It feels like it is on the inner edge where the two front incisors kind of touch - this is my karma for not flossing more. Even though I brush/wash regularly.


And it is hella busy at work, my personal email is getting WAY backed up. I whimper a little looking at the emails I really should reply too now.

I am: annoyed annoyed
Current Media: office chatter

From: iwascaite Date: April 25th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You might consider one of those fluoride rinses. The common drug store ones are recommended. Fairly cheap preventative maintenance. Might be excruciating if you're already having a problem.

Two other things were recommended to me to minimize the reoccurence of similar problems, vitamins with calcium taken on a regular basis and drinking lots of water.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you just jostled it somehow and it won't be serious.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 25th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I use a flouride toothpaste (ADA seal and everything) and generally Listerene as mouthwash (I like it for some reason). I'm not great about brushing many times a day, but always at least once. I do take multi-vitamins with calcium, and I drink quite a bit of water when I'm home - I have water delivered for my home cooler.

I'm pretty sure this is a cavity, I'm pretty sure I didn't bump it on anything, etc. And the feeling seems to be inside the tooth. I can't see anything - no dark spot, etc - so it is probably very small. I expect it'll just be a standard drill & fill.
From: iwascaite Date: April 25th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Bottled water is not fluoridated. My local water doesn't contain fluoride either, that's why the dentist recommended the rinse. Along with the comment that, "It would be better if you were taking vitamins with calcium." So you're a step ahead anyway.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 25th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, bottled water isn't flouridated, but I don't know if Worcester flouridates their tap water either. It doesn't matter, Worcester tap water tastes like ass - which is why I have bottled water. I found I drink MUCH more water, and less soda, etc, with the bottle water in the house - because it is actually refreshing, and not disgusting.
sinapus From: sinapus Date: April 25th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sounds like what I had last August: decay reached the nerve of the tooth and great pain ensued.