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Old 06-28-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Ugh.

This older friend has always been dental-phobic, so the predictable result is happening. His teeth are rotting. Judging by the smell, he must have a pretty fierce bacterial infection going on. He says he's using mouthwash. If so, it's not helping.

The tooth broke at the gum line but he says he'd never had any pain. Could the root be dead?

I advised him he really should see a dentist but he won't, because he knows all the teeth should be extracted.

Are there health consequences to letting all your teeth fall out?
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My older/elderly husband had a lot of trouble with his teeth, even though he went to the dentist on a regular basis. When he had an infection on the roots of a couple of his upper teeth the dentist was very concerned. The dentist said that it is rare but it could lead to a serious infection in the area surrounding his artificial hip or even his brain or sepsis.

Strongly encourage your friend to see a dentist. IMHO, if he waits until all of his teeth fall out naturally he will probably have other health issues first because of the infections.
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Old 06-29-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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Ugh.

This older friend has always been dental-phobic, so the predictable result is happening. His teeth are rotting. Judging by the smell, he must have a pretty fierce bacterial infection going on. He says he's using mouthwash. If so, it's not helping.

The tooth broke at the gum line but he says he'd never had any pain. Could the root be dead?

I advised him he really should see a dentist but he won't, because he knows all the teeth should be extracted.

Are there health consequences to letting all your teeth fall out?
Yes, gum disease can affect the heart. He needs to see a dentist. It probably will be expensive but he may get a nice smile in return. Many dentists today use painless procedures so he shouldn't fear that.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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Ugh.

This older friend has always been dental-phobic, so the predictable result is happening. His teeth are rotting. Judging by the smell, he must have a pretty fierce bacterial infection going on. He says he's using mouthwash. If so, it's not helping.

The tooth broke at the gum line but he says he'd never had any pain. Could the root be dead?

I advised him he really should see a dentist but he won't, because he knows all the teeth should be extracted.

Are there health consequences to letting all your teeth fall out?
Yes, there are numerous health consequences. If your friend's teeth are this bad, it's likely they have other health problems from lack of taking care of themselves.


The blunt truth is that there's probably not much you can do to change their mind. As a dentist, I see these types of patients every now and then. They know they have a mouthful of rot but just want the one tooth that is bothering them extracted. We do it, recommend they get a full checkup and care, and they say "ok, I'll think about it" and we never see them again. When I was younger it used to bother me but now I don't give it a second thought. It's their choice and you can't help everybody.


Focus your efforts on helping someone who actually wants to be helped.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Yes, there are numerous health consequences. If your friend's teeth are this bad, it's likely they have other health problems from lack of taking care of themselves.

The blunt truth is that there's probably not much you can do to change their mind. As a dentist, I see these types of patients every now and then. They know they have a mouthful of rot but just want the one tooth that is bothering them extracted. We do it, recommend they get a full checkup and care, and they say "ok, I'll think about it" and we never see them again. When I was younger it used to bother me but now I don't give it a second thought. It's their choice and you can't help everybody.

Focus your efforts on helping someone who actually wants to be helped.
I'm sure you are right. The denial has always been strong with this one.

I haven't had much luck finding people who want to be helped. It seems there's a far larger population of people who need help but won't accept it.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:45 PM
 
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Yes, there are numerous health consequences. If your friend's teeth are this bad, it's likely they have other health problems from lack of taking care of themselves.


The blunt truth is that there's probably not much you can do to change their mind. As a dentist, I see these types of patients every now and then. They know they have a mouthful of rot but just want the one tooth that is bothering them extracted. We do it, recommend they get a full checkup and care, and they say "ok, I'll think about it" and we never see them again. When I was younger it used to bother me but now I don't give it a second thought. It's their choice and you can't help everybody.


Focus your efforts on helping someone who actually wants to be helped.
I would think you would sometimes have the problem of people who expect you to work miracles (when they've been the one neglecting their teeth for years) and then get angry when you can't?
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