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intoshadow is doing 21 things including…

take better care of my teeth

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intoshadow has written 13 entries about this goal


Due to other health issues I’ve given up soda. I’ve been actually pretty good about it and haven’t had a soda in almost 2 months now. This was one of the last things that I knew was bad for my teeth. I recently had a dental appointment where I didn’t have any cavities, woooo!

I had a couple of cavities :(

One from a filling that needed to be replaced and another in a groove. : /

They were small and I even had the fillings done without painkillers. (!!!) I was scared but it turned out just fine.

Here’s another reason why we should take care of our teeth:

Had a check up today

No cavities! Wooooo!

Here's a tip

Think about how your mouth feels after you do a really good job cleaning—brushing 2 minutes or whatever, flossing, using mouthwash, scraping your tongue, massaging your gums, etc.

Then if you forget or realize you haven’t done what you’re supposed to be doing, think about how your mouth feels when you haven’t put in the effort/you forgot.

Sometimes I forget due to it being the weekend, my schedule’s been thrown off, etc. And then I feel like “Ew.”

Once you get into the habit of doing your entire routine, it totally becomes second nature.

Had a filling today

Bleh. Aside from the cost, and the risk of infection or whatever else, I really dislike the sound of the drill. It didn’t help that the doctor said that my tongue should have been numb and I should tell him immediately if I felt any pain during the procedure. O_O

I didn’t, but still.


Sigh. Went to the dentist and I have a cavity. It’s really frustrating because they tell me, “Good job! Not much plaque to clean! We can tell you’re flossing!” and then they look at the x-rays.

I suppose it’s an improvement that they need to use the x-rays now instead of just looking at my mouth in horror or whatever. But still! I brush, floss, use mouthwash, rinse with water or chew gum after I eat. What else can I do?

I guess it’s just that my dental habits weren’t great when I was younger and now it’s still coming back to bite me. :/


Bought myself a tongue scraper (which sounds pretty painful but it’s not. It’s recommended if you have bad breath but a hygienist suggested it to me. I don’t really want to look or think about what’s coming off my tongue, but I noticed that there was less of a sting when I rinsed with mouthwash. Let’s hope it helps!


RAWR. I went to the dentist today. The hygienist told me I was doing a good job. They could tell I had weak enamel, but there wasn’t much to clean and it was clear I flossed every day.

But the dentist said I had a cavity. Granted it’s small and it’s just one, but STIIIIILL. Sigh.

I’d been resisting flossing EVERY TIME after I eat (who has the time??), but maybe I should do that. I’m also looking into applying Gel-Kam on my teeth after brushing. It had been recommended to me years ago and I just didn’t do it/didn’t see the benefits.

Better 20 bucks for a pack than my ridiculous bill. T_T

Yeah, still working on this... the bill from my insurance. WAY too much for ONE FREAKIN CAVITY. Grrrr.

Definitely lends for my drinking less soda and at least rinsing after I eat. Argh.

A cavity! @(#*$(@$#%$#@#$@#

On the one hand, it’s a small one. The hygienist first told me everything looked good and to keep doing what I was doing. Then the dentist told me that I had a cavity. @#$*(&$(# However, he did say that it looks like food just got stuck up there and wasn’t cleaned out. So it’s not from neglect.

Still! I HATE CAVITIES! Grrrr. I already rinse with mouthwash and THEN floss. And I also rinse again with mouthwash and give my teeth another go with my brush. Damn.

I’ve recently started chewing gum consciously after eating meals for like 5-10 minutes or so. I guess I’ll have to concentrate my chewing on the back teeth. Grrr. And it’s better than when I was younger, when I had several cavities and had to have multiple follow-up visits with the dentist. :/

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