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Dental Diary: How changing a dentist saved my dying teeth

Life lately has been nothing but the same old story except for the unimportant news that I transferred to a new dentist. For everyone’s unsolicited information, I have been wearing my orthodontics aka braces for more than 6 years now. I trusted the whole condition to my previous dentist alone and I kept believing that someday, somehow my teeth will be on an A+ state again just like before. Backstory is I only have bite problems and none with teeth alignment nor with gum problems. But for 6 freaking long years, I did not see an improvement on my teeth. In fact, my previous ortho treatment may have caused the gum disease I have now. To cut the long story short, this new dentist of mine diagnosed me with gingivitis, plus treated 22 dental caries (bulok na ngipin). For the record, I didn’t know that I have a severe number of dental caries because first, I’m brushing my teeth regularly, and second, I see my dentist monthly. I mean as a skilled professional (to my previous dentist), you should’ve known that I’m developing a gum disease or at least updated me that my teeth is in fatal condition already.

The state of my teeth (or my mouth) now is a gazillion times better than it has been in the past years. Although I still feel like crying everytime I brush and gargle hydrogen peroxide, I have no choice but to continue what has been prescribed by my new dentist. Nonetheless, I am very very very grateful to Dr. Lex (my new dentist) for salvaging my almost dead set of teeth.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Alissa January 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I have these braces for years already too. It was my fault though cos I didn’t have time to visit the dentist every month. Sometimes I just forget about it. Will be removing these braces soon though. Glad that you had a second opinion.

  • Reply Susanne January 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds truly awful! Glad you are getting some help now. It sounds expensive though.

  • Reply Grace January 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Wow, 6 years!! Ang togol. I had braces rin when I was a 3rd year high school student up to 3rd year college (5 years) then after 1 year, my teeth started to get crooked again because I don’t wear my retainers haha! So nag braces ako ulit ako for 2-3 years. Then, I just got braces off not that long ago too. I also developed dental carries :( medyo nakakatakot i-gargle yung hydrogen peroxide.

  • Reply Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's January 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I didn’t have braces for very long actually. When I got them off, I decided to get permanent retainers so that I wouldn’t have to worry about taking them out and putting them back in. Unfortunately, they weren’t very permanent and didn’t stick to my teeth very well. My teeth aren’t as aligned as they were when I first got my braces off. I probably need to get braces again :( but I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet… -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Reply Mikyu January 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Good thing you have a new dentist! Baka nalagas lahat ng ngipin mo kung di na-salvage? Hehehe joke lang. I don’t have perfect teeth din. I wanted to have braces pero since I’ll be the one paying for it, I find it kind of expensive. :/

  • Reply Uglyfish January 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I had braces for three years. My dentist never told me I had to wear a retainer, and after a month they were back to their previous, misaligned state. It’s awful that your first dentist didn’t notice you were developing these problems, but hopefully now your new dentist will fix it all for you! Hope everything gets better!

  • Reply Robbie January 25, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Apir, fellow Sensodyner!

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