Currently with a gut-wrenching toothache, following cheap home remedies (such as chewing raw garlic and rinsing my mouth with salt water) cause I cannot afford a single visit to the dentist. It's humiliating, makes me feel powerless. Same goes for people that have to take out loans to have a root canal, or elders that spend years paying off their dentures.
We chew with our teeth. Our smile is a huge part of our self-esteem. Poor dental health issues such as gingivitis can lead to ALZHEIMER'S, as bacteria travels to the brain. You can stop being a functioning member of society and forget your loved ones just because your teeth did you dirty. Excuse me but that's fucking terrifying. I am terrified as we speak.
Healthy teeth can contribute to one's overall wellbeing, no chance to argue about it. I hate how only rich people can afford as many visits to the dental clinic as they wish.
My teeth are not a luxury. Don't charge me like they are.
Thank you everyone for the better home remedies! 🧡
I know it can be hard. Between depression and ADHD I really struggle. Until it bit me in the ass.
I got a gum infection so I went into the dentist. Turns out my lack of brushing my teeth has caused a build of of bacteria in my teeth. Said bitches have eaten away at the bone surrounding them. If it continues I could lose my teeth early.
Now I'm out 150 dollars and I get to pay for 4 times the cleanings I would've needed had just taken care of myself in the first place.
TLDR: brush your teeth or you might lose them dudes.
EDIT: I love you all so much. Its so great to know that none of us are alone.
Why YSK: Most people will grind their teeth at some point and it can cause years of horrible nights sleep, random neck pain, back pain, stress and headaches. (When you known can save you a fortune on pillows, mattresses and chiropractors)
As a stopgap solution a simple nightguard can help, but the teeth grinding is usually caused by an emotional trigger such as stress or anxiety. Not your pillow or mattress...
I know that sounds bad, like did you not brush your teeth prior to this? I did I would just go for 3 days and stop for a bit then continue. It was a bad cycle. I also hate brushing my teeth because sensory brushing issues and I have a HORRIBLE gag reflex.
Not only have I been brushing, but rinsing and flossing as well! I don’t have a full set of teeth, but they already look better than before.
I have no idea how long it takes for a habit like this to stick, but I don’t want to give up. Give up means ridicule, shame, and losing my teeth.
Sorry if this isn’t as big as a deal as most other stories, I really shouldn’t apology because for me this is an astounding achievement. I have suck motivation, but I have great determination.
I hope I can come back one day and say something even greater, this is my first success/celebration post :)
Wow thanks to /u/Yangle for the platinum award (I’ve literally never been gifted with something so spectacular) I appreciate your gift, thanks.
And thanks to all of you that have congratulated me :)
And your welcome to everyone I’ve helped, reminded and inspired. And here I thought I’d get like one or two comments, haha.
Also thanks to r/ADHD for existing, this place really helps.
Thanks to /u/Schmigalis for the gold award! I’ve also never been given gold before so I appreciate your gift!
Im talking I do the following when I do it
Brush for 5 mins
Scrape with the dentist jawn
doing all that has worked so far, but i figure id come ask you dentists what you think.
Okay, going to make this story as short as I can. I (F19) didn’t grow up knowing how to properly brush my teeth, my diet was horrible until I was about 15, I never really went to the dentist until these past few years (financial reasons), and I’ve struggled with depression/anxiety. I’ve had a lot of fillings and I also have a few white marks on my bottom teeth from braces when I was young. This makes me horribly insecure, especially as a woman. Every girl I see has perfect teeth and I just feel disgusting for not taking care of myself properly when I was younger. It makes me feel so embarrassed, I don’t even feel like I deserve to call myself a woman because I just see myself as disgusting. It’s so bad that my teeth have driven me to the point of being suicidal. I also struggle with body dysmorphia so it just makes everything worse as I’m so fixated on making sure I look okay all the time. It should be noted that now my oral hygiene routine and diet is in top shape, and has been for the past couple of years, so I am proud of myself for that. But does anyone have any advice on how to combat this? Can anyone else relate? I feel really alone. I feel like no one else has dental problems like me and I tried to search through this sub to see if there were other cases like mine and found none. I also encourage you to be kind in the comments. I know I should’ve taken better care of them as a child, and this thought pains me everyday, but I’ve tried my best to be gentle and forgive myself. I guess the only thing that makes me feel better is that I take care of them now. If you read this far I appreciate it :)
Edit: Thank you everyone for being so kind and nonjudgmental to me, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. All of your advice and insight is so helpful and I hope that we can all learn to be a little more kind to ourselves. I’m sending you all love and light and my dms are open to anyone if you are struggling with this as well. 🤍
I don’t know why I do it and I don’t know how to stop. I don’t know if it’s the side affects of the antidepressants I’m on or if it’s just due to my severe anxiety. I suffer from anxiety every day.
it's been years of brushing my teeth no more than once or twice a week, something in my brain switched after I went to the dentist for the first time in 4 years last week, maybe it's the two cavities that need root canal treatment, idk, but it's been 5 days already and my mouth feels a lot better already
This helped me a while back when I hurt my dominant hand and was unable to brush my teeth. Luckily, I was already comfortable brushing my teeth with my non-dominant hand. I also noticed that my teeth felt cleaner when I brushed with both hands. I realized that I was stuck in a pattern of only brushing a certain way with one hand, and switching it up made me teeth feel cleaner.
Edit: yeah, I realize now I could have worded the title better. I didn't mean to hold the toothbrush with BOTH hands at the same time.
I like feeling the jolt of a stab into my gums and hearing the coarse scraping of the sharp metal tools against my teeth. I like watching the calcified pieces of tar flying out as they’re chiseled away. The sound of the drill is music to my ears. It’s all worth the reward of having clean teeth. If only I could tune into a monitor that shows what the dental hygienist sees.