Tuesday, 31 May 2011
My teeth are one of my very worst features.They are not something I am proud of. A nice smile I may have, as long as my mouth is mostly closed, but I am very self conscious of my terrible teeth.
Up close, they are damaged, gappy, very badly stained, and crooked. Delightful, not.
I have not taken the best care of my health or my teeth in the past, so I really have no one to blame but myself.
From an early teen, I smoked, and I carried on smoking for twenty seven years. The impact of this habit on my teeth and on my gums is evident. It doesn't really matter how much you brush your teeth as a smoker - the chemicals in cigarettes are damaging to gums and assist in bacteria growing far more rapidly within any plaque. Nice.
In my early twenties, when I worked in hospitality, I partied, and I partied hard. Excessive alcohol and amphetamine use was fairly unforgiving on my teeth. Years of jaw clenching and grinding have weakened my pearly greys a lot.
And then, despite leading a cleaner lifestyle, as I hit my thirties, I drank a lot of black coffee and red wine.
All of which have stained my teeth, terribly.
I then went on to have four pregnancies and three children in quick succession. And they say you lose a tooth for each child...
I didn't. Not at the time, anyway.
But for the past few weeks, my mouth has been protesting a lot, and I knew that the toothache I have been suffering would need attention.
Root canal and a crown kind of attention.
I have not been to the dentist for five years. (Shameful, I know.) The last time I went I was pregnant with Lexie and it was a quick fill only, and a lot of disgusted shaking of the dentists head, as he was so appalled at the general state of my mouth. It was evidence of neglect.
So I have been back. Tail between my legs, finally admitting that I need to take big brave expensive steps to sort out all of my teeth and mouth issues once and for all.
The toothachey tooth has been extracted. It was right at the back - easy to let it go. I am now sporting a bruised jaw line and a gap where my rotten tooth was.
I also have an appointment card. It may take me another 26 visits to get my teeth finally in a position where they are totally fixed from a health, hygiene and appearance point of view.
Do you have good teeth? Do you take care of them? Have you had a lot of dental work completed?
Share with me? Tell me your teeth tales?