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Totally Depressed Over Teeth Situation

I have severe gum disease, and I am losing all of my teeth, mind you I am only 26 yrs. old, I've always brushed them and flossed and used mouthwash, but can it be linked gentically? Some people in my family are already wearing dentures since in their 30's. I just got a molar extracted , which is now itchy like hell 4 days ago and my fronth tooth, and I had to purchase a flipper, so that I won't have to go to work without wearing something to cover the hole. I am so totally depressed, anyone experiencing what I am? Please let me know.  I have had 9 teeth extracted in total. I don't have dental insurance and I don't have that kind of money to fix my teeth.

kiizz kiizz 26-30, F 128 Responses May 19, 2009

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i had it .. i also have no teeth.. i think i would rather be missing an arm !! its hard to smile or even talk to anyone i dont know .. and my problem is, i have this lovely gagging thing, so its very hard to wear the dentures ... people who have teeth have no idea what its like... when i was younger i think oh you just put dentures in and they feel like real teeth.. yay right !

This is for anyone considering, braces, the pure hell I've been put through if I can save somebody else from my experience, in 2003 I had my second set of braces put on due to a overbite and was told that I would need jaw surgery, because of these decisions I have severe root resorption on all my teeth ( meaning no roots, very little my teeth are mobile), at some point I am probably going to lose my teeth, I pray that I don't, I did everything the doctors had told me to do. also due to jaw Surgery I live with jaw pain, and my right side of my jaw is completely numb and my bottom lip burns and my jaw moved back and I still am with a overbite, I'm constantly applying minty lip balm to cool down my lips. I wake up at night crying because I'm so scared I'm going to lose a tooth, if I loose one with my mobility I will lose more. If I could go back and had more knowledge I would of just gotten a night guard. Please learn from me and be very wise alot of dentist are in it for the money. :(

As I write this, I am up after having 11 more teeth removed due to gum disease. I know how you feel. I'm not that old to have so many missing teeth. The process of waiting for new ones is long and painful because I don't have good insurance and I've been to numerous specialists. I took good care of mine too, but everyone in my family has bad teeth or dentures. There are programs and temporary fixes for people with low income. I hope your situation improves.

You guys know nothing yet i am 18 years old and i only have about 7 real teeth left. I dont know what to do i think it might be a disease. Im so worried and i dont have money for this, im really upset now.

What the **** is wrong with you *****? I wanna punch you in the face and slam you through a car door. I'm sure your teeth aren't perfect and you got some type of insecurity going on that's causing you to be a fake *****. Leave these people alone and get yourself a life or a ******* hobbie. You disgust me.

Ps this is to jcsavedme

K wait!!?!? WHO is your issue with bc you sound like a total ******* *****.. just sayin'!?

*F*cking B**ch

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I am so sorry for all of you. If I jad the money I would pay for all of you to get your nasty rotten teeth fixed. I prayfor you all! God bless

i know how you feel mine are the same except they say diabetes is eating mine up i am so ashamed to go outside and when i do i have a cloth on my mouth or something i wish i could find help i live in merced CA

yes i am 30 and i have a genetic condition which caused severe tooth decay. i hate having to be so young and have full dentures. i cant eat certian foods and i still find it embarassing for my own husband or family to see me without them in. i totally understand what your going thru.

Do you like having a flipper? Why? Or Why not? Can you eat with your flipper in?? Can you bite down on the tooth that is on your flipper?? Do you ever have to take your flipper out?? If you do when do you have to take it out?? Does your flipper ever fall out?? Like when your talking? Or eating? Do you use denture stuff to keep your flipper in?? How much was your flipper?? If you don't mind me asking all these questions x Sorry so many questions

I am but I am only 14. Everyone in my family has teeth problems. My front three teeth are all severely chipped and I need my back two taken out... :( it makes me feel disgusting I can't smile and I have to be careful how I eat.

Heyy we have a same problem. I was only 14 y/o and i really hate my teeth and now i'm 15, I can't smile and can't eat well in school, Sometimes i don't eat at Recess time :'( I can't find free treatment here. I'm a tall person and they will really notice me. I got pain sometimes.. my bro and sis always annoying me.. ppl said why i don't be like them. My bro and sis are popular..they have a nice teeth with no problem unlike me that has a big prob with teeth, ppl saying "You're cute, you're hot" in chat but i can't appreciate that much "big down with my teeth as 50% of my life urrgghh. They said wait til u grow up urggghh.. This is so painful.. I want to smile.. please :'(

In am male,50 years old and my teeth were a hugr pain in my life.From a very young age they were always bad,crooked,uneven and discoloured.Over the years I spent months sitting in dentists chairs receiving treatment,fillings,route canal and extractions.Gum disease is what I had and this helped all my teeth rattle inside my mouth.I decided to have them all(bar 5 in bottom)removed and am now wearing dentures.Now they are not perfect by any means,they take a bit of getting used to,and the daily care routine can be a drag,but I can honestly say they have changed my life for the better.Nobody realises there not my own,I can talk and eat better than I did with my old ones,I have no more issues with bad breath or bleeding gums.So although you may have tooth problems,it doesn't have to be the end of the world.Find a sympathetic dentist and you may be pleasantly surprised

I am in the same boat. I have no insurance and have a flipper to replace my front tooth that I lost by biting into a Christmas cookie. It is like losing a part of yourself and the flipper is as irritating as possible. I am sorry to hear about your larger situation. Good luck.

Do you like having a flipper? Why? Or Why not? Can you eat with your flipper in?? Can you bite down on the tooth that is on your flipper?? Do you ever have to take your flipper out?? If you do when do you have to take it out?? Does your flipper ever fall out?? Like when your talking? Or eating? Do you use denture stuff to keep your flipper in?? How much was your flipper?? If you don't mind me asking all these questions x Sorry so many questions :(

Hi all. I'm just into my latter twenties now, and have had bad teeth all my life. I ate a whole tube of flouride toothpaste when I was a toddler and all my teeth came out with cavities, flourosis, brown stains, or lack of enamel. All of my molars are "flouride bombs" and dead inside.

Unlike you guys, my mother didn't make me brush beyond the age of 5, so I didn't do it often, being a daydreamer and not too aware of consequences. Sometimes I went many months without brushing. I flossed about three or four times in my whole life because my teeth are very close together. So it's almost impossible to floss between most of them without loosening them or removing tooth surface.

When I got older it was hard to care, being emotionally drained and overwhelmed because my family has undergone so many horrible things, it's been a horror story really, so we haven't tended to our health as best as we could. There's been many genetic diseases and all manner of abuses, deaths and suicide, addictions and endless poverty, suffice it to say.

Mum always knew some things about health so bought us healthy foods etc and I think this helped because I never used mouthwashes or toothpastes and when I had the ability to, I ate actual kilograms of lollies and candies and other junk foods at a time, month in month out, for many years, and didn't get the punishment expected from my teeth. I still do this sometimes. My teeth have been terribly damaged from such a young age I sometimes wonder why I try to preserve what's left of them.

I think that like your gut, your saliva has a natural balance of healthy bacteria keeping the harmful bacteria in check, but when you use powerful man made disinfectants it destroys the beneficial bacteria too, but of course the harmful stuff comes back quicker. Better to support your body's natural mechanisms through eating healthy, which I do... When I'm not eating unhealthy! I am not a good example.

But someone suggested coconut oil pulling. Ignore the claims it's propaganda or untrue, just try it. I have not used coconut oil to "pull" but did try it with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and it works. No idea how, but it does. Any oils used should always be "extra virgin cold pressed" as then the active compounds that help you have not been cooked to death.

The first time I oil-pulled, it was because with one bite, a vitamin E capsule would turn from clear and bland tasting oil to grey green pus-like stuff that tasted foul. This was some extreme imbalance in my saliva doing this. Olive oil is high in vitamin E so I filled my mouth to see if the same would happen. Yep. Clear oil turned instantly into foul, opaque muck I had to scrape off my tongue, almost clotted. I repeated it, this time waiting 15 more minutes before spitting, but this time it was clear, not yuck, and it's had a great long term effect.

Another thing to attend to is your acid levels. Your PH is supposed to be neutral. Certain foods are alkalinizing, others acidifying. Acidiosis (being in an acidic state) harms everything in your body including your teeth.

My brother had a black plaque that aggressively formed onto every tooth despite multiple daily brushings. I caught it off him. Like him I tried salt rinses and brushings, but to not avail. I started noticing that rosemary tea, brewed from loose dried leaves bought at an Asian shop, sat in a cup of hot water until it was cold before drinking, killed the plaque. I couldn't scrape it off but after some rosemary tea rinses and "pullings" the plaque crumbled off like chalk. It never came back.

I've had a root canal at 15 which I didn't need (greedy unethical dentist) and numerous fillings (including mercury ones when I was a child, but they all fell out before I was 10). I have had massive cavities for all of my life. Thankfully the nerves are mostly dead, I don't feel it for the most part. I did have 18 months of one tooth hurting me though because I was so not keen on going to the dentist. That one was terrible. I have had other toothaches before too.

But lately it's getting hard to eat. I have a sensitive tooth totally missing its crown on my lower jaw on the right, with just the raw pulp exposed, and the root canal on the left lower jaw has been missing its crown and infill for years, so it's a hole that leads well over a centimeter below gum line into my jaw. The tooth around the hole's been steadily breaking and crumbling away and there's raw flesh inside the hole now, and it bleeds when I brush or use a toothpick to remove food scraps, and I can feel them pack into there when I eat even though the root nerve is dead. I've had occasional jaw infections. They can make one seem drugged, make it hard to think straight.

I would like to remind people that physical illness can make you depressed, so please, don't let it have total sway if you can fight it; depression is a common symptom of many diseases, even if the person is unaware that they have disease. Depression makes everything seem out of proportion. Getting the physical issue fixed can fix the depression, so hang in there. Things will change. There will be a way.

I have had a black rotten hole in the middle of my upper front tooth since I was 17. It just grew over a few months, out of the blue. A few dentists told my siblings it was genetic disease, a rot that "can't be stopped", so they drilled holes in those teeth on my siblings; their teeth didn't have any rot before they drilled. My little brother got aggressive grey rot almost instantly after having a large hole drilled into it and had to have his tooth capped. They said the rot can't be stopped and just grows and grows but mine's not grown since I first got it.

I've had congestive heart failure since I was 17. Had a massive heart attack in my very early twenties. I'm basically a cripple in some ways, so it's very hard to get employed due to my appearance as well as the health issues, and due to the heart disease it's often more stress than I can take to go to a dentist to get seen to.

So I am not treating myself even though I might be able to afford it. I'm below the poverty line but dentists here tend to treat first and ask for payment later, and that's when I spring the surprise on them... "I can only pay it off in instalments of about $50 per fortnight". They have to say "ok" if they want the money, but they try to conceal it from other patients and I'm sure they don't like it. There used to be some help for people needing good teeth to get a job where appearances matter, but I haven't been able to get into that assistance. Really, good teeth matter no matter your job, or whether or not you have a job.

One thing that has surprised me is how down so many of you are. I do understand being depressed over your teeth, especially if suffering pain, and the social issues of having bad teeth, but if you're not smiling for years at a time just because of your flaws... That's letting a physical imperfection impede your quality of life!

Your teeth are able to make themselves unreasonably problematic, even cause horrendous suffering, but they are not the most important nor valuable part of you. They do not degrade or devalue who you are. With my terrible teeth I have smiled at many hundreds of strangers and literally only a tiny fraction have looked at my teeth when I smile; the rest smile back, looking into my eyes, and do not notice my teeth.
Even if they did, I understand their reaction and don't condemn them for it. Yes, I do feel a little bad for looking so hillbilly-feral-povvo-hobo (choose your slur of choice) but I have more important things to do than try to attain to someone else's standard of perfection.

Being shallow or any other character fault is just another flaw which uglifies the individual but does not make them any less a human being and worthy of being treated as such.

If they treat you as less for your appearance, they are fools.

But even fools don't deserve to be treated as their behavior may seem to merit.

Ignorance is a disease of its own if you take the meaning of the word "dis-ease" literally. It's a social disease too.

I don't have a lack of people wanting to "get with" me because I appear fairly confident in myself. It literally does not matter what you look like if you have confidence. People are for the most part somewhat sycophantic. If you act like you're of value, (and you are!) they will make up reasons why you are of value.

A genuine human being is always of value, irrespective of their appearance.

I dress in hole-ridden, torn cheap clothes, too large by many sizes; often I go barefoot; I don't shower as often as I ought to; but people treat me well and courteously because I am polite and smile, and don't cringe or act like a supplicant. My good intentions are genuine and apparent. So people don't see a homeless beggar, they see an eccentric, strong person. (Or so they tell me).

I don't mind being seen as a "hobo" (or seen with a "hobo" either) but people seem to interpret my appearance as more than I am projecting.

When you feel self conscious you invite a critical scrutiny. If someone acts like there is something wrong, or like they have done something wrong, it is human instinct or nature to look for what that wrong thing is. There is no faster way to get people to look for your faults than to act like you are guilty and apologetic of them, and want them to not notice.
Please, try acting with confidence even if you don't feel it. Fake it till you make it. Don't let a fraction of your overall appearance dictate your quality of life, relationships, etc. Obviously all that's more relevant to the people whose worst issue is the cosmetic appearances rather than the painful and debilitating cases.

I have a black hole that you can see from quite a distance in my yellow, cracked, white-and-brown-spotted front teeth, and I still smile normally at people. I get smiles from people with tooth disease and don't flinch or feel any revolted reaction; plenty of people with great white teeth are just the same. Smile! Even with bad teeth a smile is a beautiful thing. Smiles can help you get that money you need to get help, too. Even with bad teeth, a smile is a vital part of business confidence and things like that... Socially it is often called your most powerful weapon. Nobody said a smile of "flawless teeth" is your most powerful weapon, just the smile itself. Sorry for being so long winded. Probably pedantic too. Hope this helps someone, anyway! Love and peace to you all. And hope.

Your very strong person I wish I could be that strong,Iam not going to get over losing my teeth.Iam just ready to end my life.I already hate myself enough it will only make it to wear I wont be able to bear looking at my own self I know what your thinking Iam shallow..This is just hopeless ...

I'm not thinking you're shallow at all. I really do understand.

But I think that your self hate is not really based on your teeth, it's probably much deeper than that. Somewhere along the line you probably adopted the idea that you're worthless or a failure or whatever the negative and untrue belief is. There will be a way. There is more and more awareness all the time about the humane aspects of dental care, being a necessity not a frivolity, and I believe quite soon it's going to be much more widely and cheaply available in most places. Why aren't people doing fundraisers for this? Why aren't there charities focused on helping people with dental problems? Hang in there, things will change. You're only still young, you can still have a bright and happy future. I intend to do what I can to help as many people as possible get there, and I'm not the only one thinking like this. Keep an ear out for help, it will come.

Wow! Though Im not physically able to say all I would like to right now, I WILL upon having a better internet connection. But for now, I JUST want to say to you: Thank you for sharing your very personal experience, so candidly. Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for your truth. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for your sincerity. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for your obvious love of ALL. Just, thank you. Thank you SO MUCH. Your post DID help me. And the beauty is? It will continue to help me too. Thank you. God bless you, "SmileAnyway"! Til next time......

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Wow that is so inspiring! I bet people make fun of you and your nasty teeth all the time. Those people are so mean! Im sure if someone is eating and you smiled at them they would probably puke from how nasty your smile is. Some people are just not compassionate to people like you with a nasty smile. God bless you and your ugly teeth.

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Bad teeth runs in my family I went to prison (drug possesion) there they pull teeth not repair. So I lost many teeth there I am now 50 years old and very embarassed to go out in public because I have no teeth. At age 40 I used to pass for age 25 I looked great, now after losing my teeth my face is sucked in and I look much older, I hate it ! I live from SSDI and they pay for nothing but extractions, I cannot afford dentures because I was born with to much bone on my lower jaw so dentures will not fit unless the bone is ground off. Implants would solve my problems but I need 4 to hold the lower denture in place. I am looking at the rest of my life with no teeth and it saddens me greatly.

I know this post is old but it popped up when I searched in google.

I completely understand how you feel. I'm just turning 25 and my teeth are just falling to pieces (literally). I can't afford the cost of most dental work besides extractions and the rate at which my teeth are going I will be toothless by 30-35. I've had 10+ extractions and more yet to come.

One of my teeth right next to my front is gone and only just 10 minutes ago the one next to it completely chipped on the entire front of the tooth, which is why I did this search. Because I am just at my wits end here and am really about to lose it. The depression and physical pain this can bring on is incredibly massive. It's good to know your not alone in this struggle tho.

I'm the same am totally depressed over my teeth my bottem gums have receeded so much my teeth r starting to feel loose I've got lots of fillings and need to have crowns on front teeth I'm so scared r b in full dentures by next year and I'm only 26 I'm so depressed and ill over this and have lost a lot of weight I've always looked after my teeth yet they r all so weak and breaking

Wow i am so glad i am not alone!

I am 29 and have had the same problem. I was 17 when I had my youngest son, and I do feel that pregnancy causes harm to people with already bad teeth. When I was pregnant, my wisdom teeth came in completely rotten. The dentist would not pull them because I was pregnant. I was in so much pain constantly. The rotten infected teeth caused the teeth next to them to become infected, too. 6 weeks after my son was born I had 7 teeth pulled (4 were my wisdom teeth). This is where my long journey of missing teeth started, but my real dental problems started during childhood.

I brushed and flossed 3 times a day as a child, and in elementary school they made us do a fluoride rinse every day. As a child, my parents took me to regular dental check ups, but I ended up with a crown by the time I was 13. I constantly was having cavities filled or root canals done. It was a never ending process.

Skip ahead a few years... After I had my son, I had more dental work done. My mouth was feeling pretty healthy, but I found out I had to have two more teeth pulled. Before I was 20 I had 10 teeth pulled. I had my second son when I was 20 and then I lost my health and dental insurance.

After I lost my insurance I had more teeth problems and wasn't able to do much. My teeth broke, fillings fell out, and I got infections. I was still brushing and flossing and using mouth wash, but nothing was helping. I went to a dental van for people with no insurance, and during that time I had a total of 5 more teeth pulled!

I got insurance and went to the dentist where I was told I had a bacteria that grows in some mouths that is pretty rare. It eats the pulp of the teeth from the inside out instead of a cavity that attacks the outside of the teeth. They made a flipper for the front teeth I had missing and said to keep coming in and they would get my mouth all healthy again. Unfortunately, I lost my insurance a short time later and was not able to continue going there.

Currently, I have only 16 teeth. One is getting pulled next week and I have two more teeth that are chipped! I am so done with teeth and I just would like to get them all pulled out. It would save me a whole lot of pain in the long run. I have ZERO teeth on the right side of my mouth, and two back teeth left total. It is hard to eat and sleep. I wear a partial on the upper and lower parts of my mouth that fills in all of the empty teeth places, but it doesn't make it easy to eat anything solid.

I am sorry you all are missing teeth too, but I know how you feel, and I am thankful to know I am not the only one suffering with this pain (physically and emotionally). It sucks to know we are looked down upon like we have done something wrong, illegal, or embarrassing to lose the teeth in our mouths. We have not! It is beyond our control, unfortunately.

I have bad receding gums at the moment and im scared to lose my teeth. I highly suggest to anyone to try oil pulling with coconut oil. If you dont know what it is google it. It gets rid of the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease. Brushing your teeth alone wont get rid of the bacteria.

wow. i am so glad i found this site, for at least i feel a little better knowing that im not alone. I am 24 yrs old. when i was 16 my mom got hurt at work and went on workmans comp. for the first time in my life i was able to get state insurance, for my single hard working mother always made too much to get any help, but only made enough to just cover the bills and expenses of living. I went to the dentist and had ALOT of fillings done. the problem is, i think they did alot of unnecessary filling to get the medicaid money, and did not to a good job at all. I couldn't really floss i have alot of cavities that started at the gumline, and in between my teeth. some cavities ive had over 2 yrs. when i did have the money to go to dentist, something always seemed to come up that the money had to be spent on. and i have a daughter and its like when i was pregnant, it took the calcium from my teeth or something. I had a cavity in between one of my front tooth, and it got so bad that both sides of the tooth broke off. I hadnt smiled in a long time, and have also been single because i dont want to meet anyone. I finally went to a dentist and got a treatment plan. the total cost is $29,000. i have had 3 back teeth pulled, a root canal and build up on front tooth, a deep filling that still bothers me, and a filling on another front tooth. and i still need crowns on all my top teeth.They are changing dental insurance. i have to have a deep cleaning, and a few more fillings, but after i get healthy i can enroll in their dental plan, and it will cost $40 a month and it will take 50% off the cost of my treatment plan, and anything i need done no matter what it is after i complete the treatment plan, the $40 a month will cover. by the way the dental place is called empressions dental. they were great to me. they were the first dentist to not make me feel like a side show to be gawked at, or embarassed. they also informed me that alot of it is just genetics. but they have worked with my mom to help her afford to pay for the work i had done, for not one job i have interview for hired me, i feel because of my teeth. and i am a beautiful girl, but i cried when i got home and could smile again. i still have alot of work to be done, and i dont know how i will find the money. But i prayed for god to find a way for me to pay for the previous things i just had done, and then i got offered the dental plan, and they also gave me a plan that takes 25% cost cut for $100 a year, wich really does take a chunk out when your looking at the cost of crowns. just please dont lose hope, because thats all we have.
i Just dont understand why there isnt state dentist or a state loan to get the dental work done. for 1 we could actually die from tooth infections, and 2 how are we to ever become a productive working member of society if we are in pain constantly and no one will hire you because they think your a meth head or something. Its crazy that we put put making money over suffering people, because we are suffering in more ways than one!! I and many of you are way to young to have dentures. this is a horrible problem that someone needs to address and find solutions to. we are suppose to be the future, but how can we be when we are slowly dieing. LOVE and BLESSING to all of you!!!

I have the same problem... I'm afraid to eat half the time and constantly worried about my teeth breaking off. I didn't have dental insurance for more than 5 years and in those five years I began having severe toothaches all over my mouth so I chose to have the most painful tooth pulled and the dentist was pulling so hard I heard my jaw cracking on the opposite side and have had a problem worth my jaw locking if I keep my mouth open for more than 5 minutes at a time. My bottom teeth are breaking slowly and now I only have some root pieces sticking out of my gums except for the front ones that I don't use to chew with. I finally got dental insurance and had a deep cleaning done and had to take alot of breaks. Even with taking breaks at the end I couldn't close my mouth and my jaw was popping really loud when I tried.had some fillings done and a chipped front tooth fixed, but my dentist said he wouldn't see me again until I got my jaw fixed. He referred me to a jaw specialist and they told me I'd have to pay 500 just for the consultation! Well, I didn't have money for that so haven't gone back to the dentist. Why won't dentists allow payments? It is so frustrating, and I'm sick of worrying about my teeth, it has been almost 12 years of teeth problems! I finally got dental again so I'm going to go to a different dentist and just have small things done at each visit. I'm so embarrassed about my teeth when I go to a new dentist, but I know that they have seen worse.

I hope this helps someone here.

In 2010, I had veneers placed on some of my upper front teeth. Unfortunately, I have Tourette's and within a year had destroyed all of them including some of my natural teeth. My tics will cause me to grind and do other unnatural movements with my jaw. I really was quite heartbroken at the whole situation, especially since dental work isn't cheap!

After looking around for about about a year, I found a reputable dentist in Costa Rica. I know this doesn't sound like the best route to take, but when you don't have much money options are limited. The place that I went to is run by an American guy named, mike lomax. It's called Costa Rica dental team.

I had 11 crowns placed about two years ago and haven't had any problems yet. A couple of chips here and there but that is due to my tics. My dentist up here even agreed that the work was of good quality. I do still live in constant fear of damaging my teeth further, but you just have to take it one day at a time. Really hope this helps somebody here. I hope this goes without saying, but I am in no way affiliated with this company.

I am so sorry for your loss. I am older than you and going through the same situation. After spending $30,000 to fix my teeth with crowns and bridges in front I found out that I had a very poor dentist who did root canals on the side teeth top and bottom and did not repair the damage and the teeth just decayed after 5 years. All of a sudden they started breaking and I went to other dentist and got the story straight. I almost let this so called dentist work on me again and then bells started going off after I had spent $8000 more for the kind of dentures that have pins in them. I left him and had to have all of my teeth pulled. Well, they have to rest for 3 months before I can be fitted for dentures. I have not walked out of my house since that happened. I am supposed to be fitted for the dentures the middle of November and get a cheap pair to see if they will look right because there was nothing there to go by. Believe me I have cried until I just cry croc tears. I feel like I will look awful but this is my only way out. I like you, am not rich and we have had to do without to do this. I have all of my mirrors covered because if I look I feel faint. Honest! I will be thinking about you and pray everything will turn out. I try to think about all of the things that could happen and feel lucky. I could be going through worse but this takes the cake.
I only hope that my first dentist will get what is coming to him. I feel like what goes around comes around but it is not my place to do the honors. It will happen.
Good luck to you. Dee

I find it hard to believe that people that young can lose there teeth from decay unless they don't take vitamins, minerals, natural mouth wash, and non fluoride toothpaste. BTW never chew sugar gum .. Only the fake sugar stuff, but then you get cancer.

That is the most stupid thing to say

A lot of things can cause people to lose their teeth!!! Drugs, Diabetes, Gum Disease, Decay , Eating Disorders, Fighting, Car Accidents, Dry Mouth, Genetics. And a lot of people don't have dental insurance because a lot of jobs don't offer dental insurance most jobs only offer health insurance since health is more important!!!
Also most things can cause cancer now a days!!!

I have the same exact problem :( your not alone.People tell me Im beautiful ,but because I have bad teeth I just feel so damn ugly

I've read some of the more recent replies. I was going to say that too much fluoride can cause the tooth and gum issues you, me, and many others are suffering through. I wish I had my hands on the data that proves this (I studied chemistry at university, so subscriptions were covered by them) but I can't afford access to this information. If you live in an area where the tap water is treated with Floride, then I would suggest switching to a non-florinated toothpaste, or just using baking soda and peroxide. Yes, it tastes like hell, but it cleans and whitens teeth. However, you can't use it every day/multiple times a day. That would be too abrasive on your enamel. Just a tooth brush and peroxide would do the trick in between times. BUT DON'T SWALLOW THE PEROXIDE AND DON'T USE WITH SMALL CHILDREN. Anyway, even if you live in an area where your taps aren't florinated, you may still want to switch pastes. Floride and Fluorine are toxic to the human body. Even at very low doses. I wish I could point you all to the papers I had to read and analyze at Uni. The really messed up part is that fluoride toothpaste is cheaper. So, if you are like me, that's all you can afford to buy. Only I cut back to brushing my teeth once a day. That doesn't change the fact that I have got over 15 cavities and most are below my gum line where brushing and flossing are ineffective. (That should tell you right there that it is not our dental hygiene that is at fault.) But I have managed to avoid costly dental work over the past 10 years. I saw the dentist before I went to uni 10 years ago and I was still covered under my parents insurance. The dentist told me the number of cavities I had, but they were too small to have anything done about them. Then I read those papers and immediately cut back on tap water and fluoride paste. I bought a diiferent paste whenever I could save up for it. I bet most of you, like me, rarely eat sweets because someone told you not to and to "always brush and floss." Please, please, please, switch pastes. Give your teeth a chance. Don't take my word as law. I am not a healthcare professional nor a dentist. I am offering only my free opinion. And I encourage people to read medical/health/scientific journals and other periodicals if you can. The information is out there, you just have to pay for it, unfortunately.

My husband is 33 and he has like 6 teeth loose hes going crazy and no insurance at all what are simptoms of gum disease

im 27. like most of your stories, I too was on my parents insurance until 18. over the last 9 years my teeth have slowly gotten worse, all my fillings have long been fallen out. my situation, is the problem starts at the gumline right on the bottom of my teeth in the back. cavities start forming there and below where I can brush/ floss. eventually it turns into a hole which eventually breaks off at some point. now I have 2 teeth on each side on the top and bottom, in the back that are all atleast halfway broken apart. and when they do the pieces of tooth literally crumble in my fingers like chalk. now there is food that constantly gets stuck in the holes. to make matters worse, recently my front middle top tooth chipped, and its already coroded halfway across the tooth and is noticeable now if I smile from 10 feet away. im in constant pain, miss the taste of a nice chewy steak or a candy. I can't afford any dental work. any. not even a pulled tooth.. its eat and have a roof over my head that month or get 1 tooth pulled. at the rate of my teeth deterioration, I will be gumming food by 30. in so sad over this but it does help to know im not alone. Hopefully this obamacare will make it easier to get dental work done. God bless and good luck. -evan d.

I have the same problem and just now got dental again...I have all the top teeth, but I have many holes or cracked teeth and I don't have and good bottom teeth except the front ones that I don't chew with. A dentist pulled a bottom tooth towards the front and I could hear my jaw cracking on the opposite side so now I can't keep my mouth open for more than 5 minutes without my jaw trying to lock and it makes a horrible popping noise... my previous dentist said he wouldn't see me until I see a jaw specialist, and the specialist said is have to pay 500 dollars just for a consultation! Obama care really isn't good like I thought it'd be. Glad there are other people out there with similar situations, I am so depressed and sick of these teeth problems

Hi i now how you feel im in my fortys and im just slowly watching my teeth rot i had a bad session a few years ago with my dentist so im to scared to go and cant afford treatment didnt care when it was my back teeth but now my front,im so desperate i glue a false nail over one of them totaly depressed so i no exactly how you feel.x

I use wax for people with braces on the sharp or broken parts and I am like you, I have broken or crumbling back teeth and now I am having problems towards the front on the bottom...dental kicks in December 1st but my jaw locks after being open five minutes if im laying back in a chair. So depressed about teeth issues since 2002 or 2003...ugh

i am 16 and i fell and broke my front tooth,later it was extracted. nw i find it hard to smile because i dont want every one to knw tht my tooth is extracted. i have a boyfriend who is realy nice but i am wondering if he would like fall in love with some one who has perfect teeth to laugh often and smile. people say i am serious, but i never told them y i dont laugh often. i have no self confidence, well i dnt have a problem with reading aloud. it is hard to pronounce sme words and its kinda embarassing when ppl find out cauz it seems like a big exclamation

Aww :( Which front tooth did you have to have pulled?? Was an upper top front middle tooth?? Did you ever get it replaced? If you did how did you??
If you don't mind me asking x
I'm sure your boyfriend loves you just the way that you are and he shouldn't leave you just because of that!!!

IAM GOING THROUGH THE SAMETHING AND NOW I FOUND OUT THAT IAM PREGNANT SO NOW IAM MORE DEPRESSED ABOUT MY TEETH I CANT SMILE ...IM LIKE WHY ME IT AINT RIGHT!!!!! I WANT TO SMILE WITH BEAUTIFUL TEETH!!!

completely relate to you.. it unbelievable how i am 23 years of age and i've always brushed flossed & mouth washed my mouth .. since i could remember. in NZ dental care is free till 18.. i had "prefect" teeth till day i turned 18.. and had to get 10 small filling every were.. since then its worst nightmare. the dentist ******.. didnt do it correctly fillings.. and some fell out within 2 years. I explained to another dentist i dont floss to much because they ripp my fillings out.. he said i must do it so i did and & of course they came out slowly. a few years ago i complained to many doctors about my teeth..that my gums would bleed. & no dentist would tell me i had gum disease.. till i saw i advert.. the paradontix disease toothpaste advert. i though to myself.. i must have that.. as a few years past.. till i knew of this.. but i think it had allready gone past the stage of cure.. my teeth are prefect its all the gums my rear back teeth get eaten from the top all four i try everything to eliminate it.. but i dont understand how this can happen.. it saddens me because tonight i had a piece of pizza and my front side tooth (the sharp) one complete split in half.. now i cant smile.. ive read documents on internet and they say if you grow up on the country side with floride in your water.. that is a main reason why your teeth & gums are weak.. but how can they sale toothpaste with floride.. my friends dont look after their teeth.. yet theirs are prefect.. i feel cheated. and im female like urself.. i just dont know how to get ride of this .. and every dentist i seem to go to dont give me any or not the correct advice.. my gums are tight.. my teeth are shrinking .. its difently the worst i wise dentist were free. for cases like ours. :((

Wow, its nice to hear that I am not the only one in this position. I'm 33yo and went to the dentist until I was 18 when my insurance expired. Never had one cavity the whole time. I haven't been to the dentist in about 14 years now and I have lost 6 teeth in the back and my front top teeth are half way there. I know what everyone means about trying to find a job. At an interview they want you to smile and be confident. Well that's hard with ugly teeth. And also say goodbye to any job where you interact with customers face to face. I have no job and no insurance so there is pretty much nothing I can do. I really feel like my life is over. I want a girlfriend so bad but I know that no one wants someone with teeth and breath like mine. People want to kiss without getting their tongue cut by sharp, broken teeth. To make things worse I am in Orange County,Ca where unfortunately everyone is expected to be perfect. I would feel a little better if I lived in Nebraska maybe.
I just want to get this over with and get some dentures. I am so tired of the pain.
Good luck to everyone.

ITS HARD LIVING WITH BAD TEETH DENTAL WORK COST SO MUCH I JUST FEEL LIKE GIVING UP BUT I CANT I HAVE KIDS THAT MORE IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE...BUT TEETH CAN BE REPLACE YOUR LIFE CANT SO SOMEONE SHOULD LOVE YOU FOR YOU NOT YOUR TEETH ,,,,THEY SHOULD BE WILLIN TO HELP YOU BESIDES PUT YOU DOWN

I agree!!! Dental work costs so much it's so horrible!!! I think dentists just charge a lot for any work that they do because their jealous that they don't make as much as doctors do because most people have health insurance but not dental insurance since health is more important!!
Aww :( Why can't you have kids?? How do you know that you can't??

Hi there I'm from Orange County too. I know about false images and what people see on TV and the media, that's what people think of OC. Anyway, good luck. Your health is all you have so it's very important that you get it fixed! My neighbor told me this and he was a smart guy!

How are you now? Yes, I am experiencing a totally genetic induced experience. Five Doctors. Three Specialist. Had absolutely the most beautiful teeth. Wondering. Is there life after this?

Howdy folks, what you are facing is merely nothing compared to what I'm. I'm only 15 years old and my upper jaw sucks big time. It's all crooked consisting of merely none naturally looking teeth. One tooth won't grow and other's way too narrow! I'm 'likely' getting a dental implant for missing one and a veneer for other. I've undue depressions, because these problems in my age mean being offered way other benefits than teenager posses! This is message to mere humanity, having a child you or your close relative possessing ******, especially broken teeth genetics is a murder! I want these teeth I've in 25s, 30s or even later, but not now. It's not fair!

Im 22 female and i also have very good oral hygiene but one by one ive lost my teeth im down to 4 extractions with horrible abyss infections its only a matter of tome i lose my. Front teeth :'( im extremely depressed and have very low self esteem

ITS HARD I HAVE A BOYFRIEND AND HE HAS ALL HIS TEETH VERY NICE TEETH ...BUT MY FEAR IS HE GONE LEAVE ME IF I DONT HAVE ANY TEETH IN MY MOUTH....ONLY TIME WILL TELL...IM TIRED OF THE PAIN THAT IVE BEEN GOING THROUGH FOR MOST OF MY LIFE!!!!!

Your not alone Im a female and so many guys wonder why Im single .truth is Im so sad and embarassed of my teeth :"(

Aww :( But they should like you the way that you are!!!

He shouldn't leave you if you don't have any teeth in your mouth!!! He should just accept you the way that you are!!!

Aww :( What has caused you to loose your teeth?? Have you got the ones that you losted replaced?? If you have how have you? If you don't mind me asking x

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Hugs, not the only one. 24 here, starting the losing teeth game. When I was little I didn't take care of my teeth and my family went to a shoddy dentist who's fillings always seemed to fall out. Bad thing is all my molars have those shoddy fillings and it seems every year I lose at least one. Each lost one is a root canal, something I just can't afford.

At least I had some state insurance until I was 18 but it was difficult to get treatment, waiting a few weeks for an emergency or a few months for a typical issue was common. I had one root canal done when I was 17 and I've been in pain over it ever since. I want to have it pulled but I don't have the funds for a dentist to look at in depth.

I recently lost a molar after a filling fell out taking a small chunk of tooth with it there's no way I could afford 2k for a root canal so I simply had it pulled. I felt a bit disgraced by it but at least it was one in the back.

I'm about to lose another molar on the opposite side for similar reasons, another falling filling and sleepless nights due to pain.

There are no dental colleges around who do more than xrays in my area. I hate all the go to a dental college advice, I already did for the cheap xrays. I do feel very sad over the loss of my teeth and how the dentist and others don't seem to understand that I just don't have the money. Sometimes my family and I are homeless 2k is a large fortune for us, even covering the visit fee is a challenge. I've so far been 2yrs unemployed and I doubt I will ever find a job so I'll just keep losing teeth as fillings fall out.

I'm 39, I was going to the dentist until my job was outsourced to India in 2005. Lost my insurance. Teeth are all breaking and falling out. If I don't take 8 advil per day, I get huge infection swells in my gums. I have no money to do anything. I do have a job, luckily, but it doesn't even pay me enough to live on my own. I have to live with my dad, who is also in the same situation. His teeth are twisting and coming out. He's 64. My heart has begun having these murmurs over the last year. I have no HMO or primary doctor because I have no insurance or money to get one. People say "go to the university" but why? It costs more and I *still* have no money regardless of where I go. Sometimes I just hope it will take me in my sleep and I won't have to cut everything up into tiny pieces in order to eat or risk having a really bad infection that requires antibiotics to get under control. I'm so tired of this I am trying again to find a solution and that's how I found this page. It's so sad to see everyone's story. I can barely hold back my tears while I'm sitting here at work.

Good Luck to everyone having these problems - I truly hope you all find a solution <3
Jerry B

hi im 25 and i have really bad teethm for fixing them costs too much money and i have no inshurence. since i was a child i had a lot of problems with my upper teeth but my family couldnt afford dental expences. i went to the dentist when my teeth were allready falling. i did them in europe and it didnt cost too much money but the work wasnt good. its been two years that i have a crown on my upper teeth and its moving . it feels like its gonna fall off. i do have my roots but theyre in really bad condition. i have no money to refix them cuz i have a baby too and noone helps me. i work but i spend the money on him. i dont know what to do. my situation is really bad

Aww :( Which upper tooth do you have crowned?? Is it a upper front top middle tooth?Has your tooth been ok under the crown?? If you don't mind me asking x Dental schools are supposed to be cheaper than dental places.

I am a 33 year old male with exactly the same problem as you. Coming home from the dental school with a biohazard bag of my 7 teeth and fragments wasn't the best day for my girlfriend either.

hello, very sad to hear your story, however im going through this as well, i have got severe gum disease and my 2 front bottom middle teeth are about to fall out, my breath is unbearable, i never smile,im always chewing gum. guess what, im 15. i brush twice a day and use mouthwash, worst part is my rock band "Raw" is becoming popular, i cant be famous, with missing teeth, its my lifelong ammbition, it is just horrible.

I'm so very sorry.
Hope you are doing better.

I haven't smiled in 12 years, at least not where people could see my lack of front teeth. I am 33 now, but when I was 25 I had to have my four top front teeth removed due to extreme decay. When I was a teenager, I had braces. I had pretty teeth, but the braces left calcification spots on my teeth that quickly became holes. By the time I was 21 my left front tooth broke off at the gum line. My dentist said he could cap it by using a post but the cost was over $2500. I started saving. About six months later the other front tooth cracked vertically. The pain was so bad that I was taking medicine every 4 hours. Now we were looking at $5000. Eventually the pain subsided, as my rood was now dead. I started noticing that I could not look people in the eye when I talked, because it felt as though they were looking at my teeth. I also couldn't stand to brush my teeth while looking in the mirror because I would start to cry. Not because of the pain, but because I would see my front teeth.

When I was 25 I got dental insurance and was determined to fix things once and for all. I had problems with most of my teeth by then. So we started on a plan, we were going to fill in the cavities on my bottom teeth and pull the front top four, putting in a partial. At this point a partial was better than nothing and the four could not be saved. Well the thousand dollar limit on my dental insurance was reached in three visits. The thousand I had saved was gone with the pulling of the front four. So now I had no money left and a hole in front to show for it. I gave up again.

I have now lived for 8 more years thinking I could hide it from people by just not smiling, keeping my mustache over-grown, turning my head when I laugh, don't make eye contact, and eating lunch alone so no one would see me take a bite of my sandwich. I am going to the dentist tomorrow again fro the first time in 8 years, I am open to anything that will get me my front teeth back in my smile. I truly do like to smile.

My teeth are messed up as well asy sons just pray that God will bless you with the money or good credit to get implant surgery. All my teeth have to come out. I only have 5 teeth in top of my mouth and my son is 22 and lost 2 front teeth already due to tooth decay , keep you head up and know that you are not alone.

Hello
I am 27 had removed 4 of my upper front teeth recently, which were partial decayed. I visited one dentist ( don't want to mention the name of that bastard) in Chennai and he advised me to remove all 4 teeth and replace with bridge.
He brain washed me and showed beautiful pictures and models.. but never told me that i have problem in my jaw growth. ( underbite).
His intention was to make money, not to give valuable suggestions to patients. So he removed first and later prepared plastic model and did investigation. He took my case as practice or project for his play.
Totally spoiled my entire life.... each and every day i am suffering now. Took life's most worse decision.
Never never allow your dentist to remove your original teeth, unless that is the last option ( if not removing you are going to die)... Now generation have lot more technologies to correct even small root is left on your teeth... without root even if you place Gold bridge ,,.. waste . :(

Posting here, bcoz it should not happen to any of my brothers and sisters out there.

I'm so sorry to hear this. My situation isn't even as bad and I feel incredibly depressed. My dentist removed one of my healthy adult tooth because I had a supernumerary one which she said would grow in (and this was cheaper then surgical removal which I couldn't afford at the time). Three years later there is no sign, bone has deteriorated so if I ever get an implant I'll also need a bone graft. There is no way I can afford this. It makes me so angry considering my tooth was fully healthy! But I was young and didn't want to ask too many questions back then. Now that I think about it my dentist has never had my best interest at heart. After seeking second opinions many dentists told me there probably would have been no harm in leaving it there or I was in no rush to remove it.

I've got basically the same experience. My teeth always had lots of cavities when I was a kid but then in my late teens that seemed to stop and I developed no more cavities at all. I was glad because I absolutely HATED my dentist and was terrified of going to him. Since I had no more teeth trouble I stopped going. Well, fast forward to 25 years later and I wish I had gone more. My teeth are breaking and are going to start falling out. I was told about ten years ago that they were all cracked and needed root canals and crowns, but at the time it would have cost me about $12,000 which I could not afford. I'm in even worse financial shape now with no job and no insurance. One tooth broke about a year ago and it feels now like it wants to come out, and just this morning another broke. The piece that broke on this one didn't fall out though, its still attached and hurts if I try to remove it. I was lucky and it fit itself back together and is staying put for now but I know it needs to be removed. Its the weekend though and with no money or insurance I just don't know what to do. It's starting to hurt a bit too. This all worries me because the cheapest thing would just be to have all the worst ones yanked out, but how am I going to get a job if I can't smile? Right now, the broken ones don't show but if they come out or if others need to come out...it will change my appearance which will definitely change my ability to get a job. I know that sounds vain, and it is I guess....but its true. I'm so depressed. Every time I run my tongue around my mouth I can feel aches. So I know there are other teeth that will have this issue eventually. I know this didn't help much for solving anything, but its for support.

I totally know how you feel. I found this post after googling "depressed about teeth." i was severely bulimic when I was a teen and also didn't take great care of my teeth. I have one crooked one in the front and my family called me "can opener teeth." My parents hadn't taken me to the dentist since I was 9--yet my sister has perfect teeth (braces etc etc) anyway, I have always had anxiety and depression, so I never took the best care of myself.. Well anorexia and bulimia exacerbated my poor hygiene and my teeth are ruined. Almost all of them have deep DEEP fillings that still hurt a year later so I will probably have a root canal in each.. I'm missing the same tooth on each side on my lower jaw... I have dental insurance but 20 fillings lter I am still needing work. And I take WONDERFUL care of my teeth now! I found the culprit of my still getting cavities to be that I swish my coffee (presweetened). I am so lost and hopeless... I am 22 and have an 18 month old and I scare myself (abd my husband!) because I'm so obsessed with taking care of my daughters teeth. I just know i will never have a beautiful smile and i cry about it every day of my life.

READ ME: For anyone who is having problems with their teeth, read the book "Cure tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel! This book covers a range of oral problems, and a way to cure/improve them through nutrition.

After I had some dental work done, I became very depressed. I thought my teeth would only go down hill from there. Guilt hovered me because I felt I should have taken better care of my teeth. I kept wondering why human teeth seemed to be so weak. This lead me to do some research. I found good bits of information on regrowing/remineralizing teeth. I came across the book "Cure tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel. I was reluctant to look at it because it seemed, well, "too good to be true." I finally did and I believe A LOT of what this book has to say.
I also read stories about people regrowing a chipped or a whole tooth. Visualization, I believe, is a key way to regaining teeth that have been lost. You need to want it, visualize it (smell, taste, touch etc), and believe as if you already have it. This technique has been said to even cure illnesses.

PLEASE, I encourage you to research for yourselves! It is all about nutrition. Our bodies don't have what they need to repair themselves.There are more books out there than just the one I mentioned. Not only regarding oral health, but other areas and overall health as well. The information you find can help improve younger generations' well being. I believe you can always improve your situation. You just have to dig.
I'm not guaranteeing that the things I suggested will work, but it's better than doing nothing and feeling hopeless.

You have my support.

I don't know if it's worse when you have other medical problems, but the thought of having two more teeth extracted, even at my age, (63), IF I can get the money together -- well, it is depressing, and it really shouldn't be, should it? I mean, it's teeth.

Maybe it's depressing because your body has 'emotions' about what happens to it, and disease of any sort often causes depression, and your body at your age knows from experience that having teeth pulled is an insult to the whole body, including from the antibiotics with their effect on your gut fauna/flora... So it's depressed at the thought of going to the dentist, to 'communicate' that it's not good for you? I know, you have to go, I just mean that your physical reactions to things are often based on how your body has experienced those things in the past. Emotions are hormones and chemicals, and your immune system is around 70% located in your gut, and many white blood cells have endocrine receptors and transmitters so they literally do communicate with and respond to your emotional state, and so if going to the dentist is something your body has been harmed by before, the negative emotional response can be depressing. Depression affects your immune system and can be affected by your immune system in turn. Worth looking into.

I can totally relate. I am 33 years old and over the last 4-5 years, my teeth have gotten really bad. I have not been to the dentist since I was about 16. The dentist I had wasn't the best and his dental hygienist was equally bad. I have been terrified of the dentist ever since. My teeth are so bad now, that I am even more terrified. I want to go to the dentist but I am afraid that they will tell me that I have to have my teeth pulled. My front teeth are the worst. They have cavities, a couple of which I had cavities in when I was a kid and had filled. 2 of them kind of cracked I guess you could say. It looks like I have gaps in my front teeth now. I discovered yesterday that one of my molars in the back has a hole in it. I have dental insurance but am just that afraid. I try to take care of my teeth, I brush them at least twice a day and floss. I don't want to go to the dentist just to have them tell me that my teeth are unrepairable and have to be pulled. I used to work with someone who had that problem and she went around with only 2 front teeth and her molars. I don't want to end up like that. I have a pretty smile when I have nice teeth. But with my teeth the way that they are, I do my absolute best to not show my teeth when I smile and that makes it seem fake. I am so insecure about myself.

Went out to at lunch with my husband and one of my front teeth cracked. I could have just died on the spot! This is not the first time it's happened. I was brushing my teeth and the same tooth on other side cracked almost in half. I have 2 back molars on top each side of mouth that have crumbled.to the gum line and are jagged and cut my tongue. I can't eat hardly anything without major difficulty. I thought on the upside.... hey i might lose a few pounds....yeah right! All the rest of my top teeth are crumbling to pieces. I have 7 teeth up top that might be saved if i had the money.... and i have insurance but can't afford the rest of it. My husband has no sympathy for me whatsoever. I'm so depressed i can't stand it. I stay irritated and angry......and hurt...ashamed....embarrassed.....humiliated because of my teeth being in such bad shape. I have one molar on the bottom i have been putting temp filling in for years thank god it hasnt gotten worse but i keep infections in it and the upper tooth area. I have had severe sinus problems for the same amount of time my teeth have gotten worse and wonder if related. I don't smile or laugh because i dont want anyone to see and i dont want to kiss my husband because of them being broken. Im sitting jn my chair today thinking....im at my wits end! I can't take it being so depressed im sick of feeling bad all the time. Im angry because i sjould have taken care of me! I'm hurt because my husband dont care jow i feel or that its hurting me!

Omg almost the same situation...I'm 26 an just found out I have gum deases..iv always took care of my theet now I'm looking them quickly in last 5years iv lost 6theet...an my front theet are falling apart I'm so depresst over it I caint even smile anymore Whiout feeling selfconsious.....I have two small kids an I whant upset a good example for them but seems like I caint catch a break I need work done evry two years..an half to go tru mAger pain...I dont know what to do anymore an I also have no insurence so I'm kinda stuck...its really destroying my life..I just whant to b happy an whantto be able to smile whenever I whant that's my dream right now.... Kt

Hi, I have been reading your stories and I sympathize with you all.. Have you tried oil pulling it really helps with teeth and gums there is so much information on how people have cured and controlled their teeth and gum problems and have avoided some root canels, gum surgery etc... ....

if i had one wish it would b toget my teeth fix im ashamed i dont smile anymore i wish someone could help me

I have horrible teeth, I've had 3 sets of braces since I was twelve. Afer having them removed there was a black spot on my front tooth were a cavity formed underneath. Never had it filled. Being as you have two front teeth, the other was fine, that was until I had a root canal done on the one without the cavity, idk why, it was the dentist that said it needed it. After the root canal there was a hole on the back were they drilled, and after a few months it began to get bigger and then finally when eating one day it broke in a vertical way, not straight across but up and down, but slightly diagonal leaving it looking like the shape of the state of Florida. This caused depression and anxiety. Scared to talk, scared to try and find a job, even scared to eat. And for the one with the cavity on it, it's now created a hole in the center of my tooth. Very noticeable, causing more depression, causing me to stop taking care of them. This causing plaque buildup on my teeth that kinda hides the hole. I know this isn't good, but I stopped brushing all together with the thought that they kinda looked better due to the white plaque covering the hole and the yellow and brown stains, now I regret it. I have bad breath all the time, I'm so depressed to the point we're I haven't brushed in probably a year, using only my finger to scratch some plaque off near my gums and such. I'm absolutely terrified of Goin to the dentist now, worried of the criticism I might get, and being as I have severe anxiety disorder, I panic at the thought of it. Possibly the only way to have them removed for me is to be put to sleep, and have an oral surgery done. But I have no insurance and no job, no money, and 21 living with my grandmother who is barely making it by. All these factors make me so depressed that I wish I would just die and not be a burden to anyone any longer.

I need to share my experience too. I have bad teethes from birth, about 10 front teethes have line in between each and yellowish in the line. I went to a dentist when I ws 17 years old but I was told it was only crown that could be done and it was expensive. I am now 43, married, my wife used to ask for kiss but I used to dodge it because, I feel bad about my teeth situation. Recently, one of the front teethes got broken from the line and remain 1/2 from the pulp. I felt bad and went to a General Dental Clinic and was examined and given appointment for the next 3 weeks. They are thinking of bonding and filling. I shall get you posted but I feel ashamed to talk now

the japanese invented sythetic toothenamel.. it will make white teeth and cure cavities.... it will be out for colorlessteeth in 3 years and 2cure cavities in 5 years..read the book from ramiel nagel...maybe it works.he write you have to drik code liver oil and eat organs of animals.etc. acid is raelly bad for ur teeth fruits...
the only hope
or yall can try to regrow new toothenamel with eating reaaaaally healthy...but dont sress you out...wow after i read this artikel i feel lot better...if you stress you out you could die of cancer and youll die early...
dont use whitenings. they distoy the toothenamel..dont brush ur theeth to hard...
use xylit that kills the bakterias..hmmm i dont give a ff now..i wait for the synthetic tooth enamel...
be really carefull acid is distroying your teeth...dont eat lemon,oranges,ordont drink coke pepsi...the acid desroys the sensitiv tooth enamel... dont brush ur teeth direktly after u eat fruits... if u eat fuits drink milk or water....milk sand waterneutrilazi your mound...no black tee..or if...with milk...
wash your mound with ater after every meal..try to drink water and milk...
waaaaaaaaiiiit 3 years ...japanes have alraedy inventet syntetic enamel...
i will stop looking in the mirror...hihi for 3 years...
dont be to hard to yourself...
there is hope...
buy calcium and vitamind tabletts
love yall
i hope my optimism will not leave me tomorror...this nightmares aout my teeth are killing...
welife in the year 2012 ...everything is possible
synthetic tooth enamel yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa

hey just wanted to say....we have to wait 3 years the japanese invented synthetic tooth enamel it will be out in 3 years in us europe...so save alraedy your money for this

heey i exactly have the same problem. i am as pretty as you are and my teeth used to be good and withe. then like 2 months ago i noticed the back teeth were becoming yellow. i was so deppressen and psycho about it... after to much brushing and to often using moundwash they where beoming more and more yellow colorless grey yellow...i am also really depressed...i avoid smiling and talking to people.. always looking at other girl with preety teeth...and thinking..you could have those teeth if your werent so crazy about it...
it not only you that has this problems...
i raelly want to help us...
i would say you are soooo preety that the color does not really matter...i dont know but i understand you... i am even in big dipression..
i am afraid i wont find a good job or a new boyfriend....
iam sorry...
the hting is that the enamel is worn away..so the theet are becoming colorless...
i red with the right food you can renew your thoothenamel then i red about a chemist dr.gerard judd but i dont dont if his theorie works...

<p>Super stories here. Lifes not too bad here .. others out there got alot worse situations in life then teeth issues. Please keep that in mind and count ur blessings</P>

i totaly understan i have really bad teeth. ive had 14 teeth pulled so far. when i was younger i started trowing up alot and it riuned my teeth. im just depressed all the time now because i cant smile. one thing i was going to recomend was go to a dental school to get work done they charge way less than regular dentist

yes i got bad teeth because of throwing up.. and when they turned just a little yellow i wasbrushing like crazy and usind this bad moundwash wich finnally discolourd them ...i feel like i dont wanna exist

i an from russia that why i write weird

Hi I completely understand your frustration and depression. I am 21 with bad receding gums (due to over brushing) I also grind my teeth badly in my sleep and I have internal staining on my front teeth. It has my made me severely depressed. Iv been put on antibiotics by my dr to help (not really working). Iv always brushed and flossed my teeth, tried every mouthwash with still no luck :(
Go to the doctors. Tell them your problem. Iv been to numerous dentists to be fobbed of so the dr is your best option - or going to a cosmetic dentist - something I plan to do when I win the lottery ;) .. I hope you find someone to help

I got dentures at about 30. I took care of my teeth but because of genetics and medications I had gum disease. I was relieved to get them pulled.

Im 20. My teeth are dead brojen chipped loose full of cavities. I probobly have gum disease. Im terrified of the doctor but ushaly when i have ab issue like this i balls up. Im scared to death of gettng them pulled. In let the 3 minths ill be 21 and health incurance will be gone. When i was growing up my parents didnt care what i did. I was lazy and thought i was bullet proof so i didnt take caare of them. Now i brush . But its to late. I cabt tell u how deppressed i am. And how scared i am. And its dumb for me to post this because all people are going o say is go to the dentist. But. I gues im legting you all know there other people out there like you. P.S. srry bout spelling. Im on my cell phone.

i mean your could try the book from ramiel nagel cure thooth cavities its on youtube...just look

I have the same issue.. my teeth are sooo bad and I am scared to do things, and talk to people.. my parents didn't care what I did, or at as a kid..

Im 20. My teeth are dead brojen chipped loose full of cavities. I probobly have gum disease. Im terrified of the doctor but ushaly when i have ab issue like this i balls up. Im scared to death of gettng them pulled. In let the 3 minths ill be 21 and health incurance will be gone. When i was growing up my parents didnt care what i did. I was lazy and thought i was bullet proof so i didnt take caare of them. Now i brush . But its to late. I cabt tell u how deppressed i am. And how scared i am. And its dumb for me to post this because all people are going o say is go to the dentist. But. I gues im legting you all know there other people out there like you. P.S. srry bout spelling. Im on my cell phone.

I am depressed with my teeth color because, my teeth color has gone therefore I am in depression please please help me............

I knew I was having bone loss at the age of 17. But when my dentist told me I needed oral surgery I freaked out and never went back! The thought of surgery alone freaked me out. But what I wish he would have explained to me was that it wasn't them actually goin in to cut u up. They simply just go in on the sides of your gums. I lost a tooth almost 2 years ago. I should have immediately then when to the dentist but nooooo. I was still freaked. Just 2 weeks ago I lost another one. But when I had lost my first one I begin to notice that practically all my front teeth were becoming lose. Again I ignored it. Finally when I has lost this second tooth. I immediately became depressed I wasn't eating nor drinkin anything I started to feel so sick to my stomach cuz I always had a nasty taste in my mouth. I've never had good teeth. All my brothers and sister all have nice straight teeth. I grew up with gaps in my mouth between a lot of my teeth. I finally built the courage to do some research and contact a OS since I wanted to go directly to the source. Went in for exams and X-rays and thinking to myself like wow this is not even that bad. But of course I knew my situation wAs. Turns out I have perio gum disease. I had lost bone and about 12 teeth were impacted by this discusting disease. I needed 12 teeth extracted. I panicked! Big time! Came home crying my eyes out asking myself why I couldn't do what I had to do when I knew I had to do it. Now here I am 25 years old. Having to have 12 teeth extracted. I have 2 beautiful kids who thank god I make sure they keep up on their oral health. I have a husband my (first boyfriend) whom I've been with for 12 years. I was so nervous telling him what I had to do. I was afraid of what he would say how he would take it. Thankfully he has been my biggest supporter through it all! I ended up going back to the dentist the next day to follow the procedure. My kids were my biggest motivators! I have to stay healthy and take care of myself so I'm able to take care of them for as long as I possibly can. I have no dental insurance, thankfully my parents covered the cost. This has taken a huge toll on my life. I work in retail and I KNOW I can do better and make more money but my teeth were always my biggest insecurity. I even applied for mgt and I think I was approved because of my teeth. My interviewer just kept looking at my mouth. That's why I think so. Cuz I'm a fantastic worker and I KnoW I'm able to do what mgts do. My boss has told me several times. NoW here I am with 12 missing teeth. Waiting to go in for impressions. I never ever ever thought I'd have to go through something like this. But I could not be more happier knowing I will once and for all come out with a beautiful smile! Basically don't be afraid if the dentist. Ask questions. Do what u have to do to get your answers. I wish I would not have waited this long. I'm far to youn to even have any kind of fake teeth in my mouth and I only could blame myself!! I can't wait to be out my house and more motivated then ever. I know I will have 100x more confidence then I EVER had. I can't wait. So you people don't let this go this far!! Go see a dentist they have many credit options to be able to fullfill your needs!! It's not as bad as it seems. Expec with all this enhanced technology. I don't think I would have ever built up the courage to do this with out my family support. Let them know how you feel what is wrong and I'm sure someone someone will reach out to help you!! Don't be afraid.

I got ugly teeth also. I have a bf and idk if he ever noticed my front teeth with a cavity, he prolly did. Im scared of the dental due to anxiety & old dental visits. Im scared to go & get bad news, I know I got a mouthful of cavitys & im EMBARRESSED!:( my bf says hell always love me 4 me and its the inside that counts.....i hope he means that. My gums hurt on & off. I wish I could smile, like every one else & laugh without covering my mouth. Im depressed about it. I needa find the strength & courage to go to the dentist ASAP!! I just dont want to loose all my teeth, im sad & scared :-(

Go to the dentist hun. It's not as bad as it seems. If you don't go chances are you will lose all your teeth. You could have an infection causing all of this. You will never know nor get the cure if you don't build the courage to go. TRUST me I regret every minute of me not going to the dentist! You have to do it for your health! Good luck!

i was gonna say that yes it is genetic (you already have sensitive teeth that are affected by your body and vice versa) and there could be some underlying health stuff going on too..you should try to see if you can budget out a naturopath to talk to about it. I know for me, i have health issues and i can see how it relates. A lot of it can be hormonal and immune too..and Ph. Everybody is different. I know it's a cost but it might be worth it if you could slow down the dental degeneration that way. I know for me i have slowed things down a lot, and i can ward things off that way. A visit to a naturopath would probably be less than a flipper! i dont know about the US but here in Canada anyways..

I can soo relate to that. We are the same age <3 :) Flippers are no fun :( Stay strong..

I'm a 26 year old woman, aspiring music artist, writer/blogger, poet, and mother of two; and i wear partial dentures..actually, i'm headed to full (at least the upper) which i'm hoping to avoid because i do have some character in my smile that I like, and the partials blend ok. They look pretty good; function not ideal though..but i had to cough up quite a bit of money for them..which wasn't easy at all; in fact near impossible sometimes.. i'm going to need to replace/add (which i cant always do in a timely way; so i go for months with holes and getting food caught etc..) i can relate to a lot of these stories. I've been in complete agony and depression over all the aspects of having to deal with having problems with my teeth; self-esteem wise, health wise, and financially. Because of my health issues, if i dont deal with a sick tooth my body can also get very affected and i can flare up..so i try my best but it's brutal sometimes. Oregano oil is a great thing, if any of you have ever tried it:) Sometimes i'll resort to conventional antibiotics but i try not to because they're not good for you, to keep taking especially.I havent done anything to deserve this, and my habits aren't too bad; i'm allergic to a bunch of things so i eat healthy and rarely consume sugars. Like many of you..i don't have the kind of income that'd allow me to get the dental treatments i need. Due to anxiety and stress, and my poor bite, i grinded for years so i think i also damaged a lot of my fillings and teeth got insiduously infected that way. I tried some root canals, which got me into debt on my now nonexistent credit cards, but they didnt heal right and made me ever more sick :(.. No insurance and i'm on disability. I have fibromyalgia and am pretty sick with it. I think thats affected it. teeth are really connected to the body, for some people more than others. Bio dentists are great but the cost is inaccessible...it's so sad that we have to go through this. Many of us havent done anything out of the ordinary to deserve this, we just have sensitive teeth, I wouldnt even call it "bad teeth" i'd say "sensitive teeth"..they get bad often because we won't have the kind of money it takes to fix them in a timely manner, or in a quality manner, so things get out of control. Dentists are, 98% of the time, horribly greedy misers who not only overcharge to the point of extortion, but dont properly diagnose, lie, and don't even do a good job; especially for those of us who are sensitive. Someone aught to speak out about this "taboo" subject one day. I know i will. Most people don't know i have partials..i mean i dont think people think i have great teeth, they look a bit like "oh well she might have a few issues" and quirky..but the way my mouth is shaped and the partials hide just how bad they are too:p However i'd be willing to break my silence for a good cause! This has such an impact on good, innocent people's lives; and it's so unjust. Love and peace <3

Hello. I totally agree with everything you've said and I'm also a musician / song writer and I don't want it to effect my ability to do what I love and perform.

My teeth are just awful it’s so upsetting. I am mortified every time someone tells me to smile or when I notice that they are looking. When I was a kid my mother had state insurance on me with full dental coverage she was too lazy to take care of me even though it wouldn't of cost anything. It was easier for her to ignore my problems and send me off to school with awful teeth than to get off her butt to have something done about it. I ended up dropping out of school mostly because of the social anxiety from having an ugly smile. The kids thought I was dirty and nasty and it wasn’t even my fault I brush my teeth then and now just as I am supposed to and they were just awful.<br />
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when I was 18 and still had state insurance which still covered dental until 21 years old I finally for an orthodontist that accepted the insurance and was quick to slap on the braces and I went to an oral surgeon had many of my baby teeth that never came out removed and attached brackets under my gum line to all four of my impacted eye teeth. It was awful and painful but my teeth were far from perfect but they were the best they had ever been and I was happy I could smile. I was due for another oral surgery and was trying to get the state insurance to continue my coverage as I had turn 21 during this time; I had a house fire and lost everything. My sister convinced me that the state she lived in would continue my dental insurance and begged me to move to Missouri I told her this was so very important to me. To be sure they would take care of it before I left and lost all hope of getting something done about them. She said oh yes I am sure they will and I left lost my dental coverage and boom no insurance there would touch me she blew everything I had going.<br />
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I am now 29 and have only went one time back to the dentist they told me everything needed to come out and to start again. I couldn’t afford that so i was left with all this metal in my for year and years with not treatment the wire finally came out of the bottom brackets and I popped them off. My bottom teeth aren’t all that bad except they are all that straight and the brackets they placed on my impacted eye teeth have finally ripped though my gum and was the most painful thing i have ever experienced and i have four children. my top teeth though are another story the braces stayed on too long and rotted holes in the front two and left a horrible stain on one of the four front teeth so i have one good front tooth the eye teeth are missing because they are impacted it looks just awful. Everyone I meet or see on TV has such perfect teeth they don’t hear about people talking behind them about how awful they look. when I was a kid I remember going to the dentist and him taking one look at my teeth, he walked out to go get other to come see, even as a child I knew what they were doing and it hurt me deeply. All I want is to be able to smile without fear of someone laughing or pointing at me or noticing how awful it looks.<br />
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I try not to feel sorry for myself and just ignore it but my mouth hurts every day. Every day I am worried ill have a tooth fall out and look even worse. I have read somewhere that bad dental health has been known to cause heart disease, diabetes, depression, very low self esteem, and other real health problems. Why is everyone so greedy why do people not care about other people enough to help them? I have heard people say money doesn’t buy happiness well I have to say that is a full out lie because if I had just a little money to address my dental problems I would be 1000% more happy. Why do people only see my bad teeth and decide to stop talking to it does not define whom I am as a person, all it defines is my wallet is empty! To anyone wondering why doesn’t she work to get them fixed because all I can get is crappy jobs, I went to school for office work but no one wants to hire someone to be the face of their business that has a messed up smile especially as bad as mine

also I am not a English teacher so if something is misspelled or mistyped please forgive me

You had my sympathy until you snuck in the fact that you have four kids. You seem very irresponsible and whiny. People don't randomly have four kids. One child, I could see. Not four. Stop blaming your life and your lack of good jobs on the fact that you have bad teeth. You are where you are because of poor decisions. You probably don't interview well and that is why you arent getting good jobs.

It was very silly of you to move to another state without doing your own research. Stop whining and blaming your sister and start accepting responsibility. It stinks that the dentist acted like a jerk. Period. But as for everything else, ya gotta own up to your own life and makr different choices. If you had a "little bit more money" as you say, I have the feeling you would blow it on some magic beans, then go online and blame someone else.

and if something is misspelled, use spellcheck. there you go again, making excuses.

@noonecares im 27 my mother also did the same thing by the time I was having bad toothaches my face would swell and I would get ear aches by the time I was 17 I had black holes by 18 I didnt have insurance it use to be programs once a month that a denist would pull it for free at a church they had to pull both front teeth and 4 of my back ones on each side im attractive woman and educated but the econmy is at its worst and it is hard to get a job when you might be the person who handles clients for anything the world has become superficial we may not like it but it is and its sad but let me say this that woman who spoke down on you on a earlier reply she is ignorant and closed minded it is people like her who do judge but what makes her so pathetic she came to a forum about people struggling about there insecurities to bully someone to make herself feel better we can only imagine what her flaws are dam I hate a bully

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I am 17 and because I had braces, caused me to get severe gum disease and now I need to get 11 of my teeth extracted. I am really scared and depressed and I've been avoiding the dentist for about a year because I dont want to take out my teeth. I dont know what to do and no one in my family has ever had that problem...I can relate..n im also not sure If I should do the procedure. I cant bite on any type of food and some of my teeth are really loose,2 of them are really crooked and spaced out and its mostly the 4 front teeth..its kinda really bad and idk what to do.

You are not your teeth. Change your life by changing your plan. People only notice what is wrong with you after they notice what is right with you. If they see the right first, the wrong won't make that much difference.

Hi im 19 and have majorly bad teeth, I had 3 fillings when I was younger. I never minded having filling cause they was far at the back, then after 7 years with no problems i go to the dentist and I was told I needed 9 fillings, despiste the fact that i brush my teeth for 10 mins in the morning and 15-20 minutes in the evening, I also use mouth was after each brush, now my teeth look disgusting and people can see them when I talk, they also have turned my teeth a dark grey/silver colour, I used to have perfectly straight teeth and they was perfectly coloured and now I look in the mirror and cry, its also gonna cost me around 70 for each tooth to be replaced and im only 19, everyone in family have perfect teeth and I look at them and wanna cry :(.

Whoa! You should NOT brush your teeth for 10 mins in the morning at 20 in the evening! You're destroying your tooth enamel. A few minutes is normal and does the job for most people. Those with known tooth decay or gum disease might need to brush a little longer, or more frequently, or otherwise change their dental care plan, but nobody should be brushing for that long.

So bad teeth runs in my family so i was always deemed to suffer at some point . for the past 6/7 years they have got worse , until 6 years ago (2006) they were fine then i met my wife and they started to go , now i'm not blaming her even if she does stress me out !! but it's strange on timing , i had a bad time at the dentist before i got with her where i had to have a tooth pulled and the lady who was doing it had just graduated and what was ment to be a routine 15min appointment turned out to be 1hour 35mins which involved 4 different dentists to try and pull the little bugger out , they cut into my gum , i had to have stitches seriously if you were in that room i could only imagine it looking like a clip from a horror movie ! So after the torture that put me off over the years they have got worse and now all i have is a few at the front down the bottom the rest have all dissolved over time , i now every now and then suffer from headaches which affect one side of my face ( could be sinus ) but have now plucked up the courage to get in touch with the nhs department at our hospital as i went to a new dentist last year and he was shocked at how bad they were telling me it would cost a fortune unless i was covered by nhs which i am so i am hoping to make an appoitment to have them all out , my concern is has anyone gone through this before ? How long are you in for ? Do they gas you while doing treatment ? is it painfull afterwards ? how long are you in for ? Please can anyone share with me if they have been in and had them out , i have to have mine pulled whats left but want to know exact process of time and methods . Many thanks guys !!

Yes, I know how you feel... I have horrible teeth myself despite brushing after every meal and flossing all the time. I just went to work the last few days missing my top front right tooth. It was very humbling but what I tell myself is, if someone doesn't like it that much, they can help pay to repair it! tehe, I have a 6 month old baby and he doesn't mind so all is well I guess...

I'm 14, and I have really bad teeth, I have 3 holes in my right eyetooth and 2 in my left one. I just found a hole in my left front tooth. Which is why I'm on this site. Every time I go to a dentist, they tell me that I need to start taking care of my teeth, which I do. And they call my parents to the back and tell them that they need to start making me brush my teeth, and they tell them that I do. Plus I really don't like going to that dentist because the last time they fixed my teeth they were talking about cheating on their husbands. -_- So, yeah.

Hey.. dont worry im 14 and i have a missing tooth in the front of my mouth on the right. It completely sucks! When i talk i try not to open my mouth as much, beacuse it is too emberising. its so hard to hide my laugh, because im scared of what people will see. Last time i went to the dentist they yelled at me from how bad my teeth are. It hurts me everyday, and i brush my teeth but i stopped because when i do my gums bleed. So trust me your not the only that regrets having ugly teeth.

Firstly, your dentists are not allowed to yell at you. Secondly, even if your gums bleed if you brush, keep brushing. Sometimes that's what kills the gum disease, letting the blood move the bacteria and exposing the bacteria to the white blood cells.

I'm a 25 y.o. man experiencing a living HELL thanks to my f*cked up teeth. When I was 18 I found out I needed to have 4 root canals and 6 fillings done. Because I didn't have dental care and at the time I was only working partime at 10 per hour, I couldn't have afford it. Now at 25 I need 6 root canals done 8 fillings, and 2 front dental implant for my canines that fell off when I got elbowed in the face by a friend accidentaly during a basketball game. Not to mention I just lost my job and now must look for a new one but I'm pretty certain they won't hire me because I'm not able to crack a simple smile. I tried seeking a reasonable dentist who can put me on a reasonable payment plan but it was to no avail. Now I'm outta work, my teeth hurt like hell, and my social life had been and continues to be diminishing as each day goes by. Luckily my gf of 3 years is still with me but I know if something good doesn't happen to me where I can win lotto or some big money to get my teeth fixed, she'll leave and with her leaving, thus will leave the last goodness in me. I don't wanna be an evil guy or turn to crime to get the money to fix my teeth. I just need some help. Does anyone know of a creditor or philanthropical who could help me. I feel like dying because of this. Its causing me to be depressed the last 2 years and nothing is getting better. I must have the shittiest luck ever.

I know you must feel terrible because you are younger. If you are still out of work or making a small amount of money, you can sign up for your state's health care and you might get some dental work done. There are local hospitals that will fix teeth at a discount. I knew someone who went to a second or third world country to save money to get dental work done cheap. There are ways to resolve this. Make sure you buy plenty of Listerine in the mean time.

Try a dental school their supposed to be cheaper than dental places

I hardly have any teeth left, used to have perfect, beautiful teeth.

I have been all over the internet looking for some help...I finally see now there is none.....no hope at all

Then you're not seeing clearly. There is always hope. ;)

Someone needs to start a charity that does dental work. It's primitive and cruel and inhumane that we allow people to suffer so terribly in this day and age, to lose prospects and health and become unemployable due to tooth issues. It's not acceptable.

I am 29 years of age, feel the need to get this out. My front tooth came through as two teeth together leaving a little hole and that was just the beginning, it baffled dentists when I was younger to the point where the dentist asked people to come in and take an extra look, I was sitting there feeling like an experiment, anyway that was then and this it is not an excuse. I haven't been to the dentist since I was least 14 or 15, amazing how time flies and I kick myself that I haven’t, a lot. Sad to say that I am a smoker and always have a soft spot for sweet things, my teeth are awful and that is putting it lightly, holding back the shame I have rotting teeth front and back and recently noticed some back teeth are losing colour which mean of course they are dying teeth, fillings I use to have dropped out long ago and one tooth has completely worn away...Just painting a picture on how bad I have made it all. A couple days ago I noticed an abscess under that tooth and in the preparation right now of going to the mirror to sort it out, yes not good. Last night just before sleep I was looking it up on Google and my lady noticed ...not just with the love of my life but everyone I keep at a distance, on the outside "I believe" I had gotten away with it. She told me to stop being a child and go and see the dentist, bless her :) And maybe it is as simple as that but I have left it so long that I think they will have to pull them all out, and for anyone coming to that realization, man it's tough! I keep telling myself when I get enough cash I will sort it out and get implants or whatever, if only cash was easier to come by ...I cannot afford much at this point. I know with a perfect smile the opportunities are endless and that dam right annoys me. I wanted to be on the stage but ever since this came to the forefront I have lived in the darkness, working nights and just kept out of the way, I want to be much more. I do have good qualities and I am thankful for what I do have just angry with myself and knowing it can only get worse. As I only have my self to blame I am longing for the day to walk in there and to take their looks on the chin, to get this done. Peace and take care all.

I have the same problem i am 25jears old i have lost 3 front teeth! I use to have nice white beutifull teeth at 22jears now i just feel ugly! I realy dont understand it i brushed 3times a day mouthwash and floss and all of a sudden they got roten? One by one and another front tooth is roten! Again! Have to remove it next week i cry everyday becouse of this no woman whats to look or feel ugly! :'( :-(

Something I found out recently that might be of interest to you. When and if you have any more teeth extracted, if you pay about $1000 per tooth to have either cadaver bone or synthetic bone put in the socket at the time of extraction, the gum supposedly heals faster and there won't be bone loss. Then when they want to possibly do an implant later that possibility still exists. If you extract teeth and the gums have shrunken due to too much bone loss, then you can't get an implant. This is just something to consider at the time of extraction.

I have the same problem i am 25jears old i have lost 3 front teeth! I use to have nice white beutifull teeth at 22jears now i just feel ugly! I realy dont understand it i brushed 3times a day mouthwash and floss and all of a sudden they got roten? One by one and another front tooth is roten! Again! Have to remove it next week i cry everyday becouse of this no woman whats to look or feel ugly! :'( :-(

I have the same problem i am 25jears old i have lost 3 front teeth! I use to have nice white beutifull teeth at 22jears now i just feel ugly! I realy dont understand it i brushed 3times a day mouthwash and floss and all of a sudden they got roten? One by one and another front tooth is roten! Again! Have to remove it next week i cry everyday becouse of this no woman whats to look or feel ugly! :'( :-(

I thought it was rare for people my age to have problems with their teeth. I'm 24 and always had nice teeth. In fact I still get comments from people saying that I have lovely, white, straight, "moviestar" teeth. But they won't be like that for much longer because I have gum problems and can't seem to get them fixed.<br />
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In 2006 I had glandular fever twice and since then I've had this phlegmy stuff in my mouth 24/7. There was also a period of about 6 months where I know I didn't brush my teeth thoroughly in the morning. Ever since then my gums have been receeding quicker than they should, and if I eat any sweets or sugary foods they start to hurt and bleed. I know you shouldn't do this, but I can pull my gums away from my teeth, and I read that this is a sure sign of gum disease, as it means there is plaque below the gumline. <br />
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I don't eat any sugary foods anymore, I brush properly and I use mouthwash, but my gums have kept receding over the past 3 or 4 years, and sometimes just start to bleed on their own, or become sore and look like a ***** has been torn off. <br />
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My teeth arn't that bad at the moment, but they are slowly and surely getting worse and the thing that's ******* me off is that despite it being obvious I have gum problems, my dentist won't do anything about it. It's like they are waiting for teeth to start falling out before they actually acknowledge that there's a problem, even though if they acted now it could probably be prevented.<br />
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Like a lot of you, I've gotten depressed over this (I also suffer from clinical anxiety but that's a different story). The thing that scares me most is the point in between now and, ultimately, having dentures: when you have teeth missing and your mouth is disgusting and it's incredibly painful. At least wearing dentures most people won't be able to tell and you'll have nice "teeth". I'm, I've been told on many occassions, a very good looking young man but if my teeth continue to get worse I worry I won't be able to get a girlfriend and people will judge me.<br />
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My sympathy to all of you who have posted and are having tooth problems, most of which already seem worse than mine. I know mine are going that way and it's not very nice.

I completely feel for you. I'm depressed about my teeth, they're so bad I can't even smile. Infact I haven't in a long time. I live in british columbia and have next to no $. I cant even find a dentist. I also have trust ussues with dentists from past bad visits, and I'm imuned to lidocaine and other pain relievers &numbing agents. My teeth are crumbling and 1 is falling out and I already have a few missing along the sides. I have a badly chipped tooth in the front, top due to domestic abuse and a botched fix by my last dentist. I'm taking ibprophin like its cant just to stay off the imflamation and to help with pain. Bad teeth run in my dads side of the family. I'm terrified of losing another tooth. I can't offer you any advice but to say I know what your going through. I used to be pretty. Now I can't even look in the mirror. I hope you find help.<br />
Jennifer

I know exactly what your going threw i have severe periodontal desease 3 teeth have fallen out and the dentist said none of my teeth are saveable im scared to get them pulled but they said if I don't it could go to my heart idk anyone with periodontal desease so please emal me phyllissspencer@ yahoo.com

Im 40 and had thousands of dollars of dental work done in my twenties.....now all that dental work is failing I have lost two of my front teeth plus a crown and fillings and I work in customer service....I feel like when people look at me they think Im dirty and dont brush my teeth thats not the case at all!!!! Sadly I dont have insurance now and cant afford to go to the dentist......so I have resolved myself to the fact that Im not ever going to be able to smile! I cant believe how bad it feels to have bad teeth and Im so jealous of the people that have perfect teeth!!!!

im mary.im 25 years old. i was born with cleft lip and palate so it affected the position of my teeth. ever since i was young i rarely smile because of the crooked, misaligned, rotten teeth. my classmates stay away from me because i look horrible. so i ended up as a loner. true, most people are superficial. i never had a bf since birth.<br />
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things changed when i met this lady dentist who is familiar with my birth defect. she even had another patient who had cleft lip and palate as well. she extracted 5 teeth. now i am wearing braces and a 5 fake teeth( fixed bridge) in my upper front.<br />
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i had my fair share of depression, but i want to tell everyone never to lose hope. now i also have a guy who loves me for who i am. he knows regarding everything i went through for all these years.<br />
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i am mary grace rivera from the philippines. to god be the glory. :)