DIY is the acronym of do it yourself which is defined as performing a task which is usually relegated to an expert
I am astounded at how many people have asked me the same question. In the name of research (and a hint of teeth vanity), I got a lower train track metal brace, (= orthodontic lower fixed brace) fitted a few months ago.
I did not really need it (I was gifted with this bright and beautiful cheesy smile! Thank you God!)…but I had this 1mm squint which I wanted corrected on one of my lower incisors. (In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t bothered as it’s been giving me so much hassle.)
Anyway, when people see my lower brace, they ask :-
“Did you do that yourself?”
a) Me dentist; not orthodontist
b) Can anyone actually perform difficult dental procedures on themselves?
I broke my brace and tried fixing it by myself in my mouth today while looking at the mirror…it so DID NOT work..and I successfully made my situation worse! My orthodontist is gonna kick my butt!!
However, I once worked with this dentist who had bad toothache. He said he took a BIG SWIG of whisky, and then proceeded to yank out his own tooth!!!!
Dentists always tell the patients how important it is to have regular 6 monthly check-ups….We are SUCH hypocrites!!!
When was MY last check-up?? Erm..
More importantly, who IS my dentist? I have none!!!
My lower wisdom tooth is hurting…for that, I would recommend hot salty mouthwashes…have I done so?? AS IF!!
It got me thinking of what professions can be DIY-ed…
- Surgeons doing surgery on their own bodies – NO!
- Hairdressers cutting their own hair – MAYBE
- Masseuse massaging their own back – only if they’re superbendy
…endless list goes on…
Saying that, I am tempted to do some DIY Botox…if you see me with wonky eyebrows one day, you will know why! Lol.
I have this dilemma.
I have a friend with bad breath.
And it’s bad breath associated with bad gums – I can tell from the smell.
I am not entirely sure whether they read my blog but if s/he does, I apologise.
But please please please, get help!
I have already subtly hinted to them, but it’s fallen into deaf ears.
Bad breath can be a sign of bad gums which can lead to loose teeth which can eventually make you lose your teeth ( = periodontitis)!!!
To see whether you have bad breath, here are some tests :-
1. Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 2 minutes. Smell it. If it smells, you have bad breath.
(Doesn’t work if you have a blocked nose)
2. If you are of Oriental descent and you haven’t been to a dentist for > 2 years plus you don’t floss regularly, then it’s likely that you have bad gums which can give you bad breath.
(Oriental people have raging gum disease!)
3. If you get bleeding gums often when you brush, then it’s an early sign of gum disease. Healthy gums are nicely firm and pink. Unhealthy gums are of red raw colour.
4. Go to mirror. Tilt your chin down and look at the back (i.e. tongue side) of your lower teeth. If you see yellowish deposits in-between your teeth, that is tartar (= calculus) which can lead to bad gums. If there is a gross build up and it is more dark yellow/brown, this is bad…see dentist immediately!
5. Check out your parents’ teeth – missing teeth / shrinking gums / loose teeth / bad breath => you are in danger! Gum disease can be hereditary!
(Poor me has inherited my Mum’s bad gums!!! But my gums have been stabilised by regular treatment)
6. Talk to your friends. If you notice that they don’t maintain eye contact or turn away slightly when you talk, it might mean that they’re trying to take in fresh air and not die from your bad breath!
(and yes, I admit that I do this to people with bad breath)
7. If you’re still unsure, come see me and ask me to do the Breath Test. If you pass the Breath Test from my sensitive nose, you should be fine!
(this service will be provided free of charge as long as I don’t get intoxicated!)
How to help your bad gums :-
1. Go to dentist/hygienist regularly
2. Brush and floss every day
- Mouthwash is largely ineffective and just a rip-off
- If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may have to use chlorhexidine mouthwash for a short period of time; but don’t use it unless you’ve been advised as it has bad side effects
- Mouthwash which “apparently” highlights the bacteria in your mouth and rinses them away is a lie…there’s tons of bacteria in your mouth…they just live there…end of!
- If you still insist on wasting your money to buy mouthwash (even after I’ve advised you after I researched this at university and got a good grade for my essay), then check the mouthwash contents carefully. Alcohol in the mouthwash (to make your mouth feel fresh) will eventually dry out your mouth, which will eventually lead to bad breath and you will fall into that vicious cycle of using more and more mouthwash!
Bad breath does NOT equate to bad gums.
1. Check your diet – is it low in fresh fruit and vegetables?
2. What is your fluid intake? Drink water, not coffee
3. Maybe you have underlying illness – see your doctor
(Disclaimer : Ling is not liable for anyone’s dental / eating habits after reading this blog and Ling cannot be sued for any comments made and Ling does not claim to be a guru of bad breath and bad gums)
Something which I never expected to say this year….
I love my job!!
I actually really do!!! I look forward to going to work and working my magic on people’s teeth!!
We have this amazingly expensive new CAD-CAM (computer aided design – computer aided machine)…The Cerec machine!
And I love it! It’s so cool!!!
It’s really quite simple but cool dental technology :-
1. Prepare broken tooth
2. Take photo
3. Design tooth shape
4. Computer will machine this in a block of porcelain
5. Voila! Tooth ready!
I texted all my other dentist friends about this machine and they were jealous!!
The guy training us to use this machine is a 26-year-old dentist and he is sooooo soooo successful!!! All from this Cerec machine. He is ultra-mega-rich!!! He drives an Aston Martin DB9….(whatever that is)…. But he is amazingly modest about it!!
In conclusion : My enthusiasm for work may be short-lived so I will enjoy it while I can.
Many people compliment me on my teeth :-
“Oh, they’re so white!”
“Oh, they’re so straight!”
“No wonder you’re a dentist…look at your teeth!”
Well, let me tell you the real truth – they are not perfect! Look closely….
1. I haven’t had orthodontic braces before, but they look pretty straight, but there’s this minor squint on my lower incisor which really bugs me…
2. I have non-carious tooth surface loss - erosion AND attrition – due to my love for sucking on highly-acidic foods (oranges, lemons and limes) and grinding my teeth at night…i.e. my teeth are very worn….look at my right vampire fang tooth (= canine) – instead of being sharp and pointy, it is flat as a pancake! As a result, my teeth are at a weakened state – the edges are transparent like glass.
3. I have 3 fillings!!!! *sugar addict as a child*
- Argh!! So I got a filling replaced today!!! It was a nasty black one (= amalgam) which was done when I was like 9 yrs old…and I could tell that it was needing renewed cos there was a hint of decay…(look for the blue-ish tinge around any silver fillings)
- So I got my friend, actress-cum-dentist, Miss VeeBee, to do it. Remember Miss VeeBee from here. (I am taking over her job because she is moving to London to attend drama school!)
- Anyway, armed with the needle (= local anaesthetic), she started freaking me out – I’m usually okay with getting injections at dentists (but not at doctors)…
- It took a good few minutes to calm both of us down as were both giggling nervously and she said she was worried that she’d KILL me!!! I was worried that she would make my eye paralysed – she has a reputation of hitting the WRONG nerve and making the patient’s eye anaesthetised instead of their teeth (= ptosis) !!! hahaha…I haven’t done that YET!
- Thick, rubbery lips with a numb tongue, but only on one half of my face…such a weird sensation…
- Anyway, I got to be the patient, the nurse and the dentist!!!! - 3-in-1
- I had to nurse – suck up water (= aspirate) with my left hand - while I was lying back in the chair as a patient….and then when she removed the filling and the decay, I got to probe around and check out the big cavity, dentist Ling style..”remove that fissure distally please”…and then I picked my tooth shade for the filling.
- It was a rushed job as Miss VeeBee was worried that she’d get a parking ticket!!
- I wasn’t entirely pleased with the initial result so when she went off to renew her parking ticket, I fiddled about with the filling…
- She returned and adjusted the bite ( = occlusion)…and then changed the shade…and then adjusted the bite…
- Now that the numbness has gone, I can feel this sharp ledge and the bite is slightly bumpy….urgh!!!!! My tongue will not stop playing with the sharp bit….
- Argh!!!! Nevertheless, I start work Monday morning and some DIY dentistry will be called for!!!
Oooh….I’m excited…..I love teeth…I love my not-as-perfect-as-it-seems teeth…
In conclusion : Keep smi-Ling!