Originally Posted by marinewife05
My soda hurt my teeth last night. I should probably give those things up anyway. However, when I flossed between my front two teeth (which is where I had one cavity filled) I had this horrible sharp pain when the floss touched it. I bet if I could jump out of my skin I would have. I have only had one previous cavity and I don't remember it hurting like this afterwards.
I'm sure I have dry mouth and I grind my teeth when I sleep. So much so I have exposed the dentin on two of my lower teeth. My next step is to get a nightguard, but I have to wait and see how much $$ it will cost.
As far as hormone chages...my hormones change everyday. I'm always stressed especially since my stepson came to live with us and my oldest daughter turned 13, and my youngest turned 2.
Maybe check into a water pick if flossing hurts?
Your gums are probably a bit swollen today, maybe the dentist was poking around more this time than last time. I remember when I had my front right tooth filled, and later root canaled (if you didn't have a root canal, keep a close eye on that tooth as you may eventually need it) that the gum around it did swell. Though the first dentist that filled it messed up too - he was much too rough giving the shots of local.
If you sleep with your mouth open at all, you'll get some dry mouth problems. It can really speed up the damage done to teeth, just like all that grinding does.
As for hormones, I also meant thyroid, cortisol, etc - anything that can throw a person's body off.
I hope you can get a nightgaurd. My mother grinds her teeth in her sleep and I've been telling her since I was little that she should do something about it (you could hear her from across a room!). She has more teeth and TMJ issues now.
If you can, take a couple ibuprofen. If there's some swelling in the gums that should help a little.
Originally Posted by ut0pia
I I'm lucky I have understanding parents who will pay for it but I can't imagine what I'd do if I had to get my own dental insurance and pay it myself I'd probably be stuck with the most basic services..probably not even anesthesia for the cavity drilling..
You mean the locals? I don't think any dentist would really want to do that.
There are plenty of dentist who cater to those who have a lot of problems or even phobias. If needed (and to the OP too) find one that will be best for you and let them know how difficult dental procedures are for you.