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Offline One Quarter

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Dental Question
« on: April 11, 2019, 12:43:31 AM »
I ordered and received a de-scaling kit from Amazon for $14:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACOE0KE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I learned the "catch" method of de-scaling on myself, and I and de-scaled all of my own teeth, gently.  It feels like a fresh cleaning!


To the dentists out there (e.g., DRYANKNPULL), are there any drawbacks in doing this to myself every month or so?

Also, is there any danger in me de-scaling my kids' teeth every so often?  The kit came with one of your dentist mirrors, so I can see the sides of the molars and such.  It's more like carpentry than medical science.  I feel like I can de-scale their teeth every month or so, and they'll get to keep the baby teeth for a few years, and the adult teeth forever.  I'm also pretty sure I can use the scaler to feel if their enamel is getting soft on top, without an x-ray.

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The Amazon kit also came with a grabby forceps piece.  What could that possibly be for?  If it's for extraction, and the apocalypse comes, I feel I'm more than capable of some whisky dentistry.  Bring it on.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 10:14:00 AM »
I ordered and received a de-scaling kit from Amazon for $14:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACOE0KE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I learned the "catch" method of de-scaling on myself, and I and de-scaled all of my own teeth, gently.  It feels like a fresh cleaning!


To the dentists out there (e.g., DRYANKNPULL), are there any drawbacks in doing this to myself every month or so?

Also, is there any danger in me de-scaling my kids' teeth every so often?  The kit came with one of your dentist mirrors, so I can see the sides of the molars and such.  It's more like carpentry than medical science.  I feel like I can de-scale their teeth every month or so, and they'll get to keep the baby teeth for a few years, and the adult teeth forever.  I'm also pretty sure I can use the scaler to feel if their enamel is getting soft on top, without an x-ray.

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The Amazon kit also came with a grabby forceps piece.  What could that possibly be for?  If it's for extraction, and the apocalypse comes, I feel I'm more than capable of some whisky dentistry.  Bring it on.
Not to mention the screaming when you stick the scaler into your kid's "soft spot".


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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 10:15:21 AM »
Not to mention the screaming when you stick the scaler into your kid's "soft spot".

Why would a person be using these instruments on a child’s head?  I’m confused.

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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 09:36:30 PM »
I ordered and received a de-scaling kit from Amazon for $14:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACOE0KE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I learned the "catch" method of de-scaling on myself, and I and de-scaled all of my own teeth, gently.  It feels like a fresh cleaning!


To the dentists out there (e.g., DRYANKNPULL), are there any drawbacks in doing this to myself every month or so?

Also, is there any danger in me de-scaling my kids' teeth every so often?  The kit came with one of your dentist mirrors, so I can see the sides of the molars and such.  It's more like carpentry than medical science.  I feel like I can de-scale their teeth every month or so, and they'll get to keep the baby teeth for a few years, and the adult teeth forever.  I'm also pretty sure I can use the scaler to feel if their enamel is getting soft on top, without an x-ray.

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The Amazon kit also came with a grabby forceps piece.  What could that possibly be for?  If it's for extraction, and the apocalypse comes, I feel I'm more than capable of some whisky dentistry.  Bring it on.

You probably aren't going to do any harm by doing this.  But the kit doesn't look like it comes with a variety of instruments we would use that adapt to certain areas of the teeth which make it easier to clean better.  Keeping teeth clean and free of any build up is always a good thing.

I really don't see any harm in doing this.  I wouldn't attempt to replace regular dental exams and cleanings by doing this at home, but it is an acceptable adjunct.  By the time a patient knows they have a cavity, it is usually a big ass cavity and many times needs a root canal and/or a crown.  Catching them when they are small is always best.

On to your point about the Xrays.  The X-rays we take are to see in between the teeth.  These are areas that we cannot see or feel cavities.

The X-ray I posted below has a circle around the cavity.  This wouldn't be seen or felt by examining the tooth.


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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2019, 09:56:28 PM »
You probably aren't going to do any harm by doing this.  But the kit doesn't look like it comes with a variety of instruments we would use that adapt to certain areas of the teeth which make it easier to clean better.  Keeping teeth clean and free of any build up is always a good thing.

I really don't see any harm in doing this.  I wouldn't attempt to replace regular dental exams and cleanings by doing this at home, but it is an acceptable adjunct.  By the time a patient knows they have a cavity, it is usually a big ass cavity and many times needs a root canal and/or a crown.  Catching them when they are small is always best.

On to your point about the Xrays.  The X-rays we take are to see in between the teeth.  These are areas that we cannot see or feel cavities.

The X-ray I posted below has a circle around the cavity.  This wouldn't be seen or felt by examining the tooth.

Holy shit!  Thanks West Texas Hog!

I wouldn't have even considered skipping regular cleanings or x-rays, especially since they're covered by my dental insurance.

Mostly I just like the feel of my teeth when they're de-scaled.  I'll post a photo of the instruments that came in the $14 bag.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2019, 09:59:59 PM »
Scale away, my friend.  It isn't rocket science.  Just don't get too rough with it.  You will probably notice that the worst areas of build up are on the back side of your lower front teeth. 


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Re: Dental Question
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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2019, 10:10:25 PM »
Scale away, my friend.  It isn't rocket science.  Just don't get too rough with it.  You will probably notice that the worst areas of build up are on the back side of your lower front teeth. 

De-scaling behind the lower front teeth is the most satisfying part.  I can feel it with my tongue for days.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2019, 10:15:56 PM »
By the way, W_T_H, what is the forceps instrument meant for?  There was nothing about it in the Chinese instructions.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2019, 10:19:57 PM »
By the way, W_T_H, what is the forceps instrument meant for?  There was nothing about it in the Chinese instructions.

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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2019, 08:14:56 AM »
By the way, W_T_H, what is the forceps instrument meant for?  There was nothing about it in the Chinese instructions.

That is what is called cotton pliers.  No idea why that is included.
The instrument in the middle is something I have never seen.
But, I have only practiced for 31 years.


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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2019, 11:40:48 PM »
That is what is called cotton pliers.  No idea why that is included.

Thanks!  So, that's for grabbing cotton or gauze.  I'm not sure how that's better than gloved fingers, but whatever.


The instrument in the middle is something I have never seen.  But, I have only practiced for 31 years.

If you mean the flat bladed one, I think it's supposed to de-scale flatter surfaces, like the sides of molars.  The Chinese instructions are not very specific.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 12:14:33 AM »
It's interesting and convenient that teeth are slightly harder than the metal used in these tools, which is slightly harder than the plaque/scale that preys upon teeth.

If plaque/scale was even slightly harder than teeth or any convenient material, we'd be fucked.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2019, 06:27:26 AM »
I have a sonicare toofbrush and a sonicare waterjetpic thing, and it does an a,azimg job of making my toofies feel tingly fresh.

I’m with OQ on those bottom fronts...getting that cleaned make me feel like the hill on 430 going down to the river must have felt after the resurfacing.  Groovy.

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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 06:04:56 PM »
Having had "deep root scaling" twice in my life I just have mine cleaned every three months. 

You might want to check out those Chinese instruments.  They are likely made with lead or possibly radioactive metals.  I am not kidding.


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Re: Dental Question
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2019, 11:05:55 PM »
Having had "deep root scaling" twice in my life I just have mine cleaned every three months. 

You might want to check out those Chinese instruments.  They are likely made with lead or possibly radioactive metals.  I am not kidding.

I'm quite sure these surface scalers are not made of lead or radioactive materials.  However, I'll order a Chinese geiger counter, just to make sure.

I'm not trying to avoid the hygienist, I just love my original teeth (at 38 years old) and the feeling of de-scaling.


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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2019, 10:17:03 AM »
I'm quite sure these surface scalers are not made of lead or radioactive materials.  However, I'll order a Chinese geiger counter, just to make sure.

I'm not trying to avoid the hygienist, I just love my original teeth (at 38 years old) and the feeling of de-scaling.

Chinese put lead in everything from toothpaste to crackpipes. 

I know if I tried to descale my own teeth I would end up with shredded bleeding gums and likely an accidental extraction.  I tear my mouth up with floss.  When I remember to do that.  Our AI evolved future selves will likely have self flossing and descaling teeth, if we know whats good for us.  If my head is in a jar though I'll still have bad teefs.