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#1 Nov 02, 2019 3:40 pm

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Fear of dentistry

I hadn't been to a dentist for 23 years because of the bad memories of Dr. Crawford and his primitive practice and luckily I didn't need to see a dentist until two years ago when I developed a painful abscess. No Tylenol tablet was going to fix this one.
I was so pleasantly surprised with the modern technology, the comfort, ease and relatively painless procedure of a root canal that I have been going for regularly for routine cleaning and maintenance ever since. In fact, I look forward to my appointments, especially when the dental hygienist are always so cute and much more pleasant than Crawford.
Take a look around and see so many people with perfect teeth these days. No doubt that dentistry is booming with implant business. Always has amazed me how the majority of West Indian people have beautiful, natural teeth. What is the secret to keeping those chicklets so pearly white?

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/278 … l-dentists

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Yikes!!..I swear that's Crawford's.

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#2 Nov 02, 2019 8:56 pm

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Good teeth . Lucky you are not in  England.
Is it the water ? No tooth brushes or what ?
Chris Van Tulleken a British doctor and TV presenter says British Dental Standards are globally infamous  and  brown , foul teeth doesn't really bother us.
Secole must have a mouth full of empty.
smh.

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#3 Nov 03, 2019 5:40 pm

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I wouldn't take everything he says as gospel, for a start he says you shouldn't rinse your mouth with water to leave the flouride from the toothpaste in your mouth.

Fluoride is a frigging toxin.  Most toothpaste tell you not to swallow toothpaste.... they do not say the reason is because some of the ingredients are dangerous to human health. Also fluoride can help you have dappled teeth.

The education to clean etc is there, I remember going to an exhibition 60 odd years ago, if people don't follow advice that is on them.

Movie stars are another thing altogether. look at American or even British Actors, and mostly they will be shiny, white and evenly spaced, but lets not fool ourselves the general populace aint necessarily so perfect.

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#4 Nov 03, 2019 7:57 pm

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For starts; I don't think there was any mention of fluoride in the article. The dentists interviewed are oral trauma specialists. They don't depend on walk ins that need straight teeth for thier next movie role.

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#5 Nov 04, 2019 9:32 am

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I hated visiting the dentist.  Then I had ah bit roth on one of my front teeth. Me girlfriend, who is my wife now complained.  I had real bad memories visiting dentist in Grenada.  I would not forget the day in Grenada, I visited the dentist in Grenada, I went in and they mumb me gum, and as I waited everyone of the persons who came from the dentist was  bleeding as they came out.

I left and never went back and had no pain for awhile. In America I visited the dentist after complains by my girlfriend. My dentist was a Grenadian.  Dr Pierre treated me like ah king.  He  told me I must start taking care of my teeth an that they are in real bad shape.  Every appointment I had with him, was ah pleasure.  He made time for a chat after every appointment.

After his death, I continued visiting the dentist.  My dentist now and all her Dental  folks are great. For years the sexist one tried getting me to buy an Electric Toothbrush.  I refused, but one day she said Tony it is either you buy that Electric Toothbrush or you lose all your teeth.  She gave me ah coupon; and, I left the Dental office and went straight to the store and get ah Electric  Tooth brush.  Man it is the best thing I did, plus I am now brushing my teeth twice a day. I ent flossing, but I am brushing twice daily. Now ah even moved up to the real fancy one, the one that lights up when you brushing tells you there is plague in that area.

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#6 Nov 04, 2019 6:09 pm

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Slice, I did the exact same thing. The dental hygienists swear by electronic tooth brushes and convinced me to buy one. Tried it once or twice, that tickling sensation sure takes some getting used to.
Back to the manual brush for now, but every time I go for a cleaning the hygienist reminds of the benefits of regular use of an electronic brush.

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#7 Nov 05, 2019 11:01 pm

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Well my sad old English dentist practitioners advised ultrasonic tooth brushed many years ago.... So they aint that bad, also obviously flossing, and a while back getting those mini bottle brush cleaners you pass between your teeth at the gum line..... They REALLY are a good idea. even though you brush your teeth, and floss, a creamy acidic gunge can still lurk at the gum line.

I was a pretty nasty youth, compounded with heavy smoking it is a wonder I have any teeth at all now, but when I finally saw the light, I now cannot abide teeth that don't have a polished feel. twice at least a day, and often more than that. Coffee makes my teeth yellow, but they are clean.

And thanks to a regular dentist back when I was around 10 who extracted surplus teeth which would have over crowded my mouth I had straight teeth up until very recently. Unfortunately I grind my teeth and push my lower jaw against the upper set, so they have moved a bit in recent years, but they are ALL MINE.

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