When they hurt you at the dentist, you have to comfort yourself

NONE of this is in my nutritional repertoire lately, but I became oddly challenged on Thursday when I arrived at the dentist and discovered they intended to scale and plane my ENTIRE (admittedly scant) collection of teeth all at once. Previously, this equivalent of water-boarding torture (yes, it is!) has been perpetrated upon me one side at a time, the theory being that you can always chew on the other side. This time, I’m out of sides so soft foods that will tempt me are the order of the day. Especially looking forward to the Toy Story macaroni and cheese – I doubt there is anything in that box that qualifies as actual FOOD, but it’s SOOOOO good! And I want to see what the little green men look like while they’re sporting cheesy yellow-orange ;)

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6 comments on this post.
  1. Mari Mari Quite Contrary:

    Ouchy, ouchy. And I’m betting you will never again be surprised at the dentist. Next time you show up for a cleaning, you’ll at least know if they are going to do one or both sides.

    I have to get my teeth cleaned at least 3 times a year now (it’s supposed to be 4 – but I manage to stretch it out to 3. ;)

    You might want to investigate how much a fluoride treatment immediately after the scaling and planing costs – and decide if you want to try that. Some dental patients (and I’m in this group) report a much more comfortable cleaning experience when fluoride is applied immediately afterwards. YMMV

  2. Mari Mari Quite Contrary:

    Oh and PS for those that get ‘ice-cream headache’ after eating very cold foods – (the Haagen-Dazs I spy in that food group up there – :D ).

    If your front teeth are not too sensitive – hold the ice-cream or Tim Horton’s Ice Cap (did I say that? :D ) for a few seconds at the front of your mouth.

    Works for me.

  3. Erin:

    Hey, Mari. They gave me prescription fluoride toothpaste and this foul, awful prescription fluoride rinse stuff. Bleh. I have to use both twice daily (after breakfast and before bed). Sometimes I just want to say, “Drug me, take ‘em all out and give me a set of false chompers, you know, the kind that chatter all over the place in the cartoons).

    Going back tomorrow for some work on a crown. Might as well leverage this time on my hands!

    Erin

    Mari Mari Quite Contrary Reply:

    @Erin,
    Really I think you should ask them how much for them to do the fluoride trays then and there and forget the toothpastes and rinses. (My feeling is they don’t want you occupying the dental chair for the time it takes for the trays to be in your mouth.) Below is a quote from:
    http://www.simplestepsdental.com/SS/ihtSS/r.==/st.31937/t.28119/pr.3.html but there are other googleable (hahaha…is that a word? :D) sites – this is just the first one that came up.

    “Dentinal sensitivity is quite treatable, whatever the cause.
    Your dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth. If your teeth are too sensitive to be cleaned, your dentist may use a local anesthetic or nitrous oxide before the cleaning.

    After a cleaning, your dentist may apply a fluoride varnish to protect your teeth. This temporarily reduces sensitivity. It also strengthens your teeth. Your dentist may apply an in-office treatment for sensitivity. These products block the openings (tubules) in your teeth and reduce sensitivity. A newer approach is to use a dental laser. The laser treatment also alters the tubules to reduce sensitivity.”

    Using fluoride toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses at home also will help to reduce sensitivity. Toothpastes are available just for sensitive teeth.

    Talk to your dentist about which fluoride rinses you should use. Some over-the-counter rinses are acidic. Others are not. You should choose a fluoride mouth rinse that uses neutral sodium fluoride.”

  4. Mari Mari Quite Contrary:

    You know, I had to come back and post again.

    It really bothered me that at times you’ve almost wanted your teeth removed rather than face the pain that you do just getting your teeth cleaned.

    It’s not right.

    Erin Reply:

    I have to explain. It’s chemo that done me in. My teeth have been crumbling one by one all these years. I’m also told that dryness contributes to deterioration, and I sleep with my mouth open. So, there’s really no dental happiness to be had, and I’m not sure the flouride trays would do me any more good than the toothpaste or the rinse do. I do notice a reduction in sensitivity in certain teeth, so there’s a bonus.