What Can I Do about My Bad Teeth?

Is there hope for my bad teeth?
Is there hope for my bad teeth?
The patient is smiling now . . . but wait!
The patient is smiling now . . . but wait!
The author's teeth
The author's teeth
Vertically impacted wisdom tooth
Vertically impacted wisdom tooth

These days dental care is very expensive!



My grandfather was mostly toothless by the time he was 50. That's the way it was in the early decades of the 1900s. Back then, at least for people in the lower or middle class, to be old was to be without teeth. As for me, I'm determined to avoid my grandpa's fate, so I'm doing what I can to repair my bad teeth. Since 1996 I've spent more than $38,000 on my pearly whites - and they still aren't perfect. Alas, they never will be! This article contains the best advice I can give a person regarding the care and repair of those troublesome damn pointy things in one's mouth.

Practice Daily Dental Care

Using a high quality, soft toothbrush and the best toothpaste - my dentist recommends Crest - brush you teeth at least twice a day, but definitely before you go to bed, so the food particles won't sit in your mouth all night and wreak havoc. Or, brush after every meal if you possibly can. (Some people actually do this!) When you brush, use an easy circular motion; otherwise, you may damage your teeth and/or your gums. Also floss every day if you can; if not, at least once every other day. And once or twice a week, rub some Glyoxide (expensive) or hydrogen peroxide (cheap) on your gums to keep them clean, firm and hopefully pink. Another thing to do is avoid taking drugs - legal or otherwise - that dry-out your mouth, because saliva helps flush food particles from the mouth, and the enzymes in it help prevent tooth decay.

Neem Toothpaste

Some people prefer to use natural substances for healthcare. Neem toothpaste contains a natural antibiotic that could be beneficial when brushing one’s teeth. Specifically, neem toothpaste may help reduce the buildup of plaque on teeth and strengthen gums. Many people swear it works wonders, so you may want to give this apparently healthy stuff a try.

Avoid Eating Processed Sugar

The ancient Chinese believed that tooth decay (a.k.a. dental caries) was caused by excessive sexual intercourse. The Chinese would think so, wouldn't they? While the Classic Greeks believed it was an imbalance of "humors" or bodily fluids that caused it. Interestingly, this belief led to people being "bled" to reduce the humors. Believe it or not, bleeding was practiced all the way into the twentieth century. Anyhow, increased consumption of processed sugar in the seventeenth century, particularly in European countries such as England, caused an exponential increase in tooth decay. And we've been gobbling the stuff ever since - the consequences be damned! In particular, avoid sugary gum, hard candy and soda pop. If you must have something sweet to eat or drink, make sure it contains a sugar substitute. What? Give up sugar? You'd have an easier time giving up the Internet, wouldn't you?

Get Regular Checkups

You should get a checkup once every six months, because whatever plaque you missed while brushing and flossing can be chipped or scraped away by the dental hygienist. It's also a good idea to have somebody else give your teeth a good visual examination. And, from time to time, your dentist will want you to have X-rays taken of various sections of your teeth. These are a good idea too, but as far as I'm concerned, you'll probably be able to "feel" whatever problems you have without getting X-rays, as long as you stay in touch with your mouth. So, if you want to save a little money, refuse the X-rays.

Take Care of Problems Sooner Rather than Later

If you have a sudden change in the way your teeth feel, that is, if your teeth presently show an unusual sensitivity to hot or cold, or if you have discomfort or pain while chewing, get to the dentist as soon as possible. What starts out as a cavity can quickly become a root canal or an extraction or a bridge or an implant. Use your credit card if you have to, or borrow the money from your mother, father or girlfriend, but get the work done preferably within days and definitely within weeks. What starts out costing hundreds can soon turn to thousands if you don't act promptly!

Cavities and Fillings

In the old days, many people thought cavities were caused by tooth worms. Well, there are no worms in your teeth, but there could be plaque around them. Undigested food, particularly starch and sugar, mixes with saliva, creating an acidic substance known as plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay. So, if you develop a cavity, get it drilled out ASAP. Have the cavity filled with silver amalgam - a metal filling - or composite, a tooth-colored plastic resin. (These days, composite material is good enough to be used for filling molars, a procedure which requires great resistance to compression.)

Gold fillings are also available but much more expensive. I prefer composite because after the filling is done, the tooth looks perfectly natural, though, keep in mind, each type of filling can eventually crack and have to be replaced; and every time a filling is replaced, some of the tooth is drilled away in the process, degrading your teeth. (Oh, I hate when that happens!) Some dentists use laser drills, which provide more precision and therefore may cause little if any tooth degradation, potentially saving people lots of money. (I have no experience with laser drilling. Perhaps I should try it.)

However, if you can’t afford to have a dentist fill a tooth, there’s a cheap, temporary solution. At the drug store they sell something called Refilit, which costs just $5 for a two-gram jar of this cement that can be used to fill teeth. My friend says he used Refilit to replace a lost filling in a molar and four months later it was still in place!

Toothaches

In the Middle Ages, toothaches were treated with substances such as arsenic, laxatives, raven's dung or mercury, or the patient was bled, sometimes with leeches. Be happy those days are gone for good! Anyway, when you get a toothache, get to a dentist ASAP. In the meantime, you can treat the pain, which can be acute, with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin or, if you can get a prescription, Vicodin or something even stronger. The problem with Vicodin is that it causes drowsiness, so you shouldn't pop some of it and then drive to the dentist. Also keep in mind that once you get a toothache, you'll probably eventually require a root canal on this tooth. (Ouch, in your mouth and in your wallet, baby!) I also have a problem with "transient tooth pain," an odd sensation that goes intermittently from tooth to tooth. It isn't nearly as intense as a toothache or root canal, but it's there nonetheless. If you have this pain, identify it ASAP, so you won't be running to the dentist every time you experience it.

Root Canals

When tooth decay becomes really advanced, necrosis of the pulp (root or nerve) of the tooth may occur. Antibiotics can slow the infection in the root but not eliminate it. Once the root is damaged, you'll have to get a root canal - eventually, because no procedure or medicine can regenerate it. In this procedure, the dentist cleans out the pulp, fills the canal with cement and then seals the tooth. If you're lucky, the tooth may last a lifetime; if not, the tooth could become infected and need more work performed by an endodontist or, finally, extraction. These days, root canals cost over a thousand dollars.

Do root canals hurt? My first two didn't hurt at all, but the third one hurt like torture. Unfortunately, I had to get the second and third root canals within six weeks of each other. So, by the time I got the third one, my resistance to Novocain had increased greatly; therefore, even after three shots of the stuff the pain was acute! Also keep in mind that some dentists are better at giving shots than others. Above all, you need to get the root canal as soon as the dentist tells you. After being told I would need my very first root canal back in 1996, I waited two years before I finally got it done. Unfortunately, four years after getting the root canal, the tooth turned to mush and had to be extracted. Had I acted soon enough? Probably not.

Gum Disease

Fortunately I haven’t had much trouble with gum disease until recently, but about 10 years ago the gum line started receding around two of my lower right front teeth, called bicuspids. What alerted me was that these teeth had become sensitive to cold. I had what’s called gingivitis, which is caused by the bacterial action of plaque that can build up around the teeth. Being one to act quickly, I alerted the dentist and he filled in this “recession zone,” if you will, with composite filling, saving my teeth from possible decay, root canals or whatever possible horror awaited down the line. (Recently I had to get these fillings restored, costing hundreds of dollars.) When gum disease gets really bad it’s called periodontitis, which can attack the tissues and bone around teeth. To prevent these problems, do whatever you can to keep your gums pink rather than white or red, and get regular checkups and cleanings, naturally.

If you think you have gingivitis and don’t want to pay for more dental care (who does?), the cheapest and easiest way to treat the condition is to rub your gums with liberal amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which helps wash away diseased tissue. Also, PerioGard, a solution of chlorhexidine gluconate, provides antimicrobial action that could help heal the condition as well.

Periodontal Scaling

Since I didn’t get my teeth cleaned on a regular basis during the so-called Great Recession, I now need to get my teeth scaled, a deep cleaning procedure that costs around $900. Darn! I should have listened to my own good advice and kept getting my teeth cleaned on a regular basis – at least once per year! Periodontal scaling is supposed to clean away plague and calculus that build up under the gum line and thereby prevent the onset of gum disease – gingivitis or periodontitis, both of which can lead to continual pain and/or tooth loss. Please keep in mind that if you don’t get this procedure when you need it, plaque and calculus can get so deep beneath your gums that dental surgery will be required to remove it!

Wisdom Teeth and Molars

You have to wonder why nature – or God – made wisdom teeth because they’re totally useless. Many people have them removed at a young age, which is the smartest thing to do, because more often than not, when they come in, they may wreak havoc on the rest of your teeth. I’ve had only one of my four wisdom teeth removed. This one had vertical impaction, meaning it hadn’t erupted completely through the gum. Since I needed a bridge put in that part of my mouth, the wisdom tooth had to be extracted. But I still have three horizontally impacted ones, which I’ve seen on X-rays. From time to time, they can “rumble” as it is called, affecting the nerves of other molars in the area, and then you may think you need a dreaded root canal. So if any of your molars start to hurt, go to the dentist at this point and get an expert diagnosis. Your sinuses can also affect your wisdom teeth and other molars, actually making them ache. This happened to me recently, and I was nearly rapturous when the doc told me I didn’t need a root canal!!!

Is It Gum Disease or Do I Need a Root Canal?

Gum disease is another problem that can make you think you need a root canal. Since gum disease attacks the gums, which can become swollen, reddish and sensitive to touch, a tooth in the area may be adversely affected. Essentially, the tooth loses some of its support. Use a finger to probe around these swollen gums. If the pain is not very intense and doesn’t linger, it probably is gum disease. At this point rejoice, because you don’t need a root canal! However, you better treat the gum disease sooner rather than later or you could end up losing a tooth. If you want a definite diagnosis, you could always see the dentist, but an emergency visit costs about $200, plus the cost of x rays.

Crowns

Once you have a tooth that's so damaged that it needs additional support (your dentist will advise you when this happens), you'll need to get a crown. Crowns are made of gold alloy or porcelain. Gold crowns are more durable but the sight of them is quite obvious in one's oral cavity. Gold crowns are also more susceptible to hot or cold. Porcelain crowns, however, can look perfectly natural and have virtually no sensitivity. Crowns cost about $1,200 a pop. An article on WebMD says that crowns last from five to 15 years, but I have one (my first) that's lasted over 25 years. However, the tooth underneath has recently needed a root canal, my fourth. The necrotic root abscessed badly – in just two days! It took three months and four prescriptions of Amoxicillin to dry up the abscess, saving the tooth. So once you get a tooth crowned, you can't forget about it, because decay or necrosis can still get at the tooth underneath.

Extractions

When a tooth is beyond help, you'll need an extraction. Some dentists don't do extractions, so you may have to visit a dental surgeon. For anesthesia, you can get Novocain or receive a sedative intravenously. (When I got two teeth pulled, including a wisdom tooth, I got numbed with Novocain and didn't feel a thing.) However, once the tooth is extracted, you'll have a hole in your mouth to deal with. Missing teeth can cause the remaining ones to move around, creating gaps and possible collisions. How do you fill this cavern? Keep reading.

Bridges

To fill a hole left by an extraction, you'll need to have a bridge put in. There are many different kinds of bridges. The most common one is a Traditional Bridge - which I have - and comprises three teeth in a row. The two outside, or abutment teeth, are used as anchors for the bridge, while a false tooth, or pontic, covers the hole where the tooth was extracted. Bridges cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Please be aware that you probably shouldn't use teeth that have had root canals as abutment teeth, because if one of these root canals fails, you may have to replace the entire bridge! And at this point you might . . . jump off a bridge!

Implants

When bridges can't be used, you'll need artificial implants. Fortunately, I've had no experience with implants, but I know they are very expensive - $2,500 to $5,000 per tooth. Back in the 1970s, I had a friend whose mouth was filled with small teeth prone to decay. He replaced those teeth with implants, costing him approximately $10,000. These days those same implants would cost eight to ten times as much, or more! Unless you're rich or at least upper middle class, pray that you never need any of those damn things.

Clear Choice Implants

Clear Choice is making bold statements in their advertisements regarding dental implants. As far as I can tell, Clear Choice says they can give you a mouthful of implants in just one day. This claim is almost certainly a load of BS. In fact, you should never have a tooth extracted and replaced with an implant in the same day! The resultant hole in the gum and bone will need months to heal. Also, Clear Choice states the cost of these implants will be from $500 to $2,000 per tooth. Yes, this cost is relatively cheap. So, if you can afford this cost, maybe getting their implants is a reasonable option. But keep in mind that many people who have had implants complain how much trouble they are! At any rate, before you act, peruse the Internet for testimonials pro and con.

Night Guards

If you're one of those people who clench, grind or gnash your teeth, then you should use a night guard while sleeping. This thing form-fits to your upper teeth and helps prevent the chipping of teeth. I've used one for a couple years now, and it isn't much of a bother. How much does one cost? My dentist charged me almost $500. Here's a tip. Don't buy one from a dentist. You can purchase one on the Internet for $15 to $25 or, better yet, go to a department store and buy a sports mouthpiece for . . . one dollar. Wow, did I get ripped off! I should have sued my dentist for taking advantage of my ignorance and stupidity!

How to Save Money on Dental Work

I can't provide much advice on getting cheap or free dental care. You could purchase some of that cheap dental insurance, also called a dental discount plan, with which you have to use "their" dentists. If their dentists are competent, you could save hundreds of dollars; otherwise, you could end up spending even more money in the long run. My dentist charges top-dollar, but he's damn good. The competence of a "cheap dentist" should always be suspect. Then there's the option of getting the work done in Mexico, where you could perhaps save even more money. (Please click on the link below for that article.) Also, you can try getting some free dental work at a dental college. However, most of those operations only provide preventive care such as cleaning. The dental colleges that do restorative work such as root canals can only be found in the schools of large population centers, such as the University of the Pacific in the San Francisco Bay Area. Good luck!

When to Say "The Heck with It!" and Get Dentures

If, at some point, you realize that keeping your natural teeth in good working order is simply too expensive, you may consider replacing them with dentures. A full set of dentures can cost as little as $500. And if you're indigent and/or collecting SSI, you may be able to get them for free. Dental insurance could also help pay the bill, of course.

Conclusion

If you're fortunate to be born with strong teeth that are resistant to decay, consider yourself lucky indeed. And if you don't even need braces, and your teeth are movie-star white, then you're darn near as good as nobility. But if you're like me and millions of other poor working class schmucks and have average teeth at best, be ready for a lifetime of trouble, pain and expense. Maybe you ought to do yourself a big favor right now and get them all yanked. Better yet, to save money, do the job yourself. Get some pain-killers, a pair of pliers, listen to a little AC/DC . . . At any rate, whatever you do, I'm pulling for you!

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markenics 16 months ago

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ndinie 22 months ago

I really need a silver filling!! Gosh :)


Guest 2 years ago

I loved this. My mouth is full of fillings and probably crowns in a few years. I'm 31 and after having to pay 2,500 for dental this weekend (am using care credit), this site helped me realize that sometimes genetics rules over everything else. I wish more clinics existed to help. Dental schools now have long wait lists and with good reason, the fees are terrible. God bless those trying to figure out what to do and shame on those taking advantage of patients..It's criminal.


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Kosmo 2 years ago from California Author

Drevona, if you live in California, Denta-Cal will probably pull your bad tooth. Other states have Medicaid, which will probably pull your tooth as well. This is federal aid for the poor, so check it out. Later!


Drevonna 2 years ago

I need to get a teeth out and it is hard to get out can you please help me


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Kosmo 2 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the interesting comments, John. There's nothing like the voice of experience, eh? As for having a fear of going to the dentist, I've always had that because it's so expensive getting dental work. It's the cost that hurts so much. Yeow! Later!


John 2 years ago

I also used to have a phobia of the dentist, and put off going for years.. years. My teeth went from a questionable state to literally a question of life and death, as they became more and more infected. The dentist did the best they could and it hardly hurt at all.. it made me realize I could have saved more if I'd done something earlier. I no longer fear going (the assistants are also good-looking which is a bonus!). Never get yourself in this state like I was in - it is irrational, a state where you end up gluing your teeth together, and relying on auction site kits because these methods almost always fail - it just gets worse. You could be doing yourself a lot of harm. I also changed my life-style (drinking lots of water, using straws, eating cheese and not going over-board with the brush etc). My remaining teeth feel stronger. Thanks for this useful info, Kosmo. All the best from England.


John 2 years ago

Implants are great. Shop around Europe as some states have more skilled staff and are therefore cheaper. Places like the UK are very expensive. I have 6 upper front implants and never had any problem whatsoever; they look awesome even though I used to drink gallons of coke.. they are also very, very strong. Don't be put off by the video's. It's better than suffering toothache.


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Kosmo 3 years ago from California Author

Thanks for stopping by, diddy, and good luck with your teeth trouble. Most people have some of that. Later!


diddy 3 years ago

I have only recently been told im going to lose loads of teeth to periodontal,and have been stressed with trouble sleeping.

This article made me feel i was not alone,and actually injected a little humour into the situation.

Thanks and Take Care.


Shatteredheart5 3 years ago

SORRY BUT THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT I AM HAVING DENTURES IN MY MOUTH. MAYBE YOU WANT TO TALK LIKE SOME GD MORON BUT I AM NOT GOING THERE. YOU KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITH DENTURES THAT DID THAT TO ME? THROW THEM AS FAR AND AS HARD AS I COULD TO GET THEM THE HELL AWAY FROM ME. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PHUKKED UP COUNTRY IS TOO DAMN MANY DENTISTS ETC ARE MF GREEDY AND THEY HAVE NO DAMN COMPASSION TO HELP ANYONE. THEY DONT GIVE A RATS ASS IF YOU ARE IN PAIN OR YOU LOOK LIKE HELL BECAUSE YOU CANT AFFORD TO HAVE YOUR TEETH FIXED. ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR GD MONEY AND THEY WANT IT NOW!!! AND THEY WILL NOT BUDGE ON ALLOWING PAYMENT PLANS ETC. I AM VERY VERY LOW INCOME AS IN BELOW POVERTY LEVEL. WHY SHOULD I BE MADE TO SUFFER BECAUSE I CANT AFFORD TO HAVE THE TREATMENT I WANT AND DESIRE? IF ITS THE VERY LAST THING I EVER DO I AM GOING TO HAVE IMPLANTS AND 2 FIXED BRIDGES IN MY MOUTH OR NOTHING AT ALL. AND I DONT WANT TO HEAR A DAMN WORD ABOUT HOW I LOOK IF I CANT GET ANY HELP OR EVERYONE REFUSES TO HELP ME. I CANT GET A JOB (I HAVE CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS ON THE TYPE OF WORK I CAN DO) AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS TO GET ONE. I USED TO HAVE CARECREDIT AND THEY CANCELLED ME AFTER I PAID THEM OFF!!! WHICH IS BS. NOW I JUST GOT AN ESTIMATE FOR WHAT I NEED FROM CLEARCHOICE IN SEATTLE AND THEY CHARGE 20-30,000 FOR WHAT I NEED WHICH IS UNREASONABLE AND EXHORIBORANT. I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHY IN THE HELL THEY AND OTHER DENTISTS CHARGE SO DAMN MUCH WHEN I KNOW FOR A FACT OF A PLACE ONLINE THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE EACH INDIVIDUAL PART OF AN IMPLANT FOR BETWEEN $50-100 OR LESS. AND THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS FOR A BRIDGE ARE A LITTLE OVER $300. I THINK THIS IS ENTIRELY UNFAIR AND UNETHICAL AND RIDICULOUS BECAUSE WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO TAKE FROM THE PUBLIC ,MOST WHO ARE HURTING FROM THE CURRENT ECONOMY? YOU CERTAINLY CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE. ITS TOO BAD EVERYONE HAS TO BE SO DAMN GREEDY THAT THEY CANT SEE THEIRSELVES OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER ANYMORE AND HOW THEY ARE HURTING OTHER PEOPLE. THERE IS NO COMPASSION LEFT IN THIS WORLD. I HOPE ONE OF THESE DAYS THEY LOSE THEIR JOB AND FIND THEIRSELVES IN THE SAME POSITION AS ME WHERE EVERYONE REFUSES TO HELP AND NO ONE WILL BUDGE. THEY SAY MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, BS YOU BETTER THROW GREED IN THERE ALSO.


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Kosmo 3 years ago from California Author

Your only hope Shatteredheart5 is to wait until one of those free dental clinics comes to your area. Two have come to Sacramento this year. At that time, get all of your teeth pulled and hope you can one day fight that gag reflex and endure dentures. Good luck! Later!


Shatteredheart5 3 years ago

well then guess I am phukked. I have no job no insurance and multiple teeth falling out of my mouth. no one does dental work for FREE and no one actually gives a shit if you have any money. I am currently on Section8, food stamps, energy assistance etc, I am 51 yrs old and I guess I will become an ugly old hag because I cant afford the oral surgery i need. I can NOT have dentures in my mouth, I have a gag reflex and as I cant afford the implants and fixed bridges I need I might as well kiss my ass goodbye. lol. I even tried to sell my ass to try and get some dental help and that's not working and I have a very nice body lol. if anyone is in WA state and can help me with some dental work please get back to me thru my email: bahamababe1@yahoo.com. I can only have IV Sedation also. thanks.


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California Author

You're right, teethpro, it's much more expensive to have teeth fixed or restored than it is to get a checkup and cleaning. Later!


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teethpro 4 years ago

Regular checkup cost becomes nothing when you start to have problem with your teeth because of yours ignoring them.


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California Author

Hey, Sherelyn Kahn, this invisoline stuff you're talking about sounds like relatively cheap crowns or caps, which can be easily taken on or off, I assume. There's a great market for such products, I'm sure, because the cost of dental care in America is ridiculous and there need to be much cheaper alternatives. Thanks for the informative comment. Later!


Sherelyn Kahn 4 years ago

I couldn't agree more! The price of dental care is RIDICULOUS. You pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for work on your teeth, or dentures and partials that aren't always 100% effective.

That's one reason why I myself am pioneering a new field in dental-cosmetics. With 35 years of experience I believe I am qualified to manufacture a new product which I have come to call "Easy Smiles". Here's how it works- I make a "tray" from a model of your teeth out of clear invisoline. Then I use filler the same color of your teeth to fill in any gaps or discoloring between teeth. You can wear them whenever you want no matter where you are, and appear to have a perfect smile, easy! I am located in southeast Michigan, but I can work with people across the country. My average rate is approximately 500 dollars.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please feel free to email me at "swawk@sbcglobal.net". Please subject your email "Easy Smiles".


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California Author

I'm sorry to hear you're having such trouble with your teeth, midnightbliss. I'm afraid the only fix is lots of money. Since 1996 I've paid $28,000. No kidding! Thanks for coming by. Later!


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midnightbliss 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach

i'm in no luck with my teeth, and indeed, a bad set of teeth can be expensive to maintain.


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the comment, aslanlight. I may try some of that extract one of these days. Later!


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aslanlight 4 years ago from England

I get it in liquid form. You add around 10 drops to some water and swill with it, holding it in your mouth for a while before swallowing it. I do it 3 times a day, before bed, first thing in the morning and lunch time.


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California Author

Grapefruit seed extract is in pill form, so you pop it as if it were an antibiotic. Some people swear it is an antibiotic, while others don't. Later!


Cathy 4 years ago

What do I do with the grapefruit seed extract? Do I brush my teeth with it, or drink it, or both?


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the tip, aslanlight, I'll check into this grapefruit seed extract and possibly add some text to this article. Hey, if I can help folks deal with the agony of toothache and/or the pain of dealing with expensive dental bills, I'll be happy as heck. Later!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

My son's been in agony from an infected tooth and antibiotics didn't help. Grapefruit Seed Extract cleared up the infection within hours; no more pain. They use it in some US hospital operating theatres to sterilize them.


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California Author

I'm not sure amalgam fillings are as dangerous as people think, but if people want to pay to get them removed, go for it - as long as you can afford it. I only have a few of those left; all the others have been filled with composite or have been crowned. Anyway, I haven't heard of grapefruit seed extract being used to relieve toothache. Much can be done to relieve a mild toothache, but once you have an abscess, I doubt herbal remedies would be sufficient. Then you probably need good ol' dope (not to mention antibiotics). Thanks for the comments. Later!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

A very well written hub! I have some tips to add: Toothache is usually caused by infection and Grapefruit Seed Extract gets rid of it very speedily. Cloves can be used for pain.

To strengthen teeth put the egg shells from boiled eggs in a bowl. Crush them and cover with apple cider vinegar. Have one or two tsp with meals the next day after leaving it in the fridge overnight. You'll get a large, fresh amount of Calcium.

Use natural herbal toothpaste; with propolos and Myrrh is good. Myrrh is antibacterial and I mouthwash with tincture at night, or Grapefruit Seed Extract.

I hope this advise helps someone.

Silver and mercury amalgams are dangerous as they give off mercury vapour. I had mine replaced with white fillings due to mercury poisoning.


best dental clinic Singapore  5 years ago

Having good dental hygiene is a combination of brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly. Routine checkup help you to get relief from other harmful mouth disorders. Maybe regular checkup is quite expensive but having gum diseases which equivalent for costly procedure is more expensive than regular checkup.


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

Yes, checkups are definitely advisable - when one can afford them, that is. Later!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub - covering everything dental. We make sure we get our teeth cleaned twice a year at the dentist - well worth the investment.


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Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

excellent hub :)


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Kosmo 7 years ago from California Author

I'm sorry to hear about the trouble you've had with your teeth, Bard of Ely. Yes, it appears you will one day have to get them all yanked and get dentures - unless you can pony up with 20 to 30 thousand dollars! There's much that needs improvement in modern dentistry, but don't get me started on that . . . !


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

I have had dental problems for many years and having moved here I had avoided going to the dentist because I couldn't afford it. I was on the National Health in the UK but here everyone has to pay. Now my teeth are at their worst with several loose ones and some very broken ones but I have refused what the dentist here I saw back in January wanted to do - pull 14 of them including the wisdoms and what's left of two of those - one has a hole into the root where what was left broke off. I also refused two types of antibiotics she wanted me to take, one of which has aspartame in it! This dentist also said that a past crown and a root canal I had had done years ago were done badly and indeed, I couldn't argue regarding the one crown and what's left of the roots because it is very loose.

I asked her to scale all my teeth and leave it at that and I had to sign a waiver that I was refusing recommended treatment!

However, as none of it was actually causing pain I didn't see why I shouldn't hang on to what's left a while longer and have done so. I have to use colloidal silver and hydrogen peroxide though or I get bad inflammation. I don't have a solution for my problems and assume that one day I will have to have dentures whether I want them or not.

I can see you have a mouthful of great teeth!


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Kosmo 7 years ago from California Author

See, I knew I offered good advice - just yank the damn things and be done with it. Oh, one of these days . . . !


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vitaeb 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Your last piece of advice, having them all yanked, is what I did almost 40 years ago...and I never looked back. It's been great having no problems in the mouth. And I am healthier than I would have been otherwise. I had a gum disease. My teeth were wandering and lossening, some I pulled out with my fingers, the rest were removed by a dentist. I'm chewing with my second set of dentures. When they need repair, it's a joy to simply drop them off at the dentist for a day or overnight while I swallow oatmeal. Your teeth look sparkly healthy. Good for you. Cheers, Vitae

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