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I fucking hate the dentist. I never used to when I was a kid, but ever since I started chewing on a regular basis it's like being in a torture chamber for a half hour. I dread it on the drive there. I dread it sitting in the parking lot trying to get the balls to walk in. I dread it with every step I take towards the door. I dread it sitting in the waiting room with my heart pounding while some elevator music plays over the intercom. I'm convinced every time that I open my mouth they're going to spot something wrong. I sit there while some crazy broad scrapes and stabs the ever-loving fuck out of my gums, convinced that it isn't supposed to hurt like that, and something is wrong. I can hear my fucking heart pounding in my ear the whole time I'm lying in that chair. It feels like the whole chair is moving with my heartbeat. Then the cleaning and scraping torture is finally over, and the dentist comes in. Shit, now I'm fucked. This crazy broad may not have seen it, but the dentist sure as shit will find something. The whole time I've been in this chair I curse myself inwardly for being such a stupid fucking moron and ever using chew. The dentist inspects my mouth, checks my gums, looks for cavities. Holy shit, how has he not said anything yet? Surely he found something by now. He checks my tongue. Nothing? For real? I'm free to go? Relief spreads from my head all the way to the tips of my toes. This must be what it feels like being released from prison after a ten-year sentence. 

I went to the dentist today for the second time since I quit, and I was still fucking paranoid even though I got a clean bill of health last time. This is the first time I've made it through consecutive dentist visits without chew in a long time, and I want to thank you all for keeping me here and keeping me honest. I'm so thankful that I got another clean bill of health. But seriously though, fuck the dentist.

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I never liked the dentist. I stopped going when I was 18, and would only go when something drastic happened. (Wisdom teeth removal, broken tooth, painful cavity, etc).

One of the big reasons I stopped going was around 18 I had started really ramping up my use of chewing tobacco. 1+ cans per day. I didn't want to have the talk that I was killing myself. I didn't want to know what it was doing to my gums.

It has been a huge source of stress for me for the last two decades, worrying about my teeth, worrying about cancer.

Today, on day 499 of my quit, I went to the dentist for the first time since I quit.

My gums are in full recovery. He said everything looks great. My mouth is healing. He did an intense cancer screening. I'm in the clear.

What a fucking relief. I will never jeopardize those results by using tobacco again.

Fuck Nicotine.

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I went to get my teeth cleaned last Thursday as well, but I am still too scared to go see the Dentist. I just went to the local dental hygiene school and got them cleaned by this cute ass 20 something year old. Got to fuck around and flirt with her the whole time, so that part was enjoyable.

Anyways, turns out I have a few small cavities. Guess I'll go to the dentist to get this fixed and get a whole cancer screening. Seriously tho, fuck nicotine.

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I went to my first of 4 visits to get fillings and work done today.  Let's just say, my fucking addiction has kept me from having an unappalachian smile for far too long.  I have a new feeling of confidence.  Unbelievable all the little things that quitting dip has affected in my life.  Damn it feels good to be quit.  I'm gonna hold on to this feeling so the next time I crave I can have some more ammunition to get rid of it.

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For those that have been quit a while now, have any of you noticed any regrowth of your gums, or is that something that does not grow back on its own, just curious.

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Mine are alot better, but they say that you cannot regrow receding gums. Mine just look way healthier!

But I haven't come across anything about gum regrowth and coconut oil.  I just use it for general dental health and teeth whitening. 

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http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Receding-Gums-Grow-Back.html

4. Coconut Oil

How it helpsCoconut oil has antimicrobial benefits, meaning it can help fight against bacteria and diseases. When used orally, coconut oil can be extremely beneficial to help receding gums to grow back.

How to apply: Place coconut oil into your mouth and swirl it around, for best results, do this for around 15 to 20 minutes.

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A)  I'm going to my dentist tomorrow morning, marking the 2 year dentist visit since quitting.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous at all.  I mean, I'm nowhere near the anxiety levels I was at 2+ years ago, but there is still a tinge of concern there.  I don't really know why, except some deep, dark part of my brain says, "yeah, well, you can still develop cancer years after you've quit".  I don't actually know if that is true, but there is a voice in my head saying it anyway.

B) Cocunut oil = pseudoscience

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I am a firm believer in much of pseudoscience. But not coconut. I think it tastes like shit. 

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Exact words from my hygienist:  "Oh, wow, look at these teeth, they look great!"

Exact words from my dentist:  "Okay man, see you in 6 months."

That was pretty much the extent of my visit.

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Went to the Dentist this morning .... x-rays / cleaning / exam - the full monty .... Quit almost 3 years and this is my first visit to a civilian Dentist in forever   .... i told the DH that I had been a dipper and had avoided the dentist like the plague for almost 29 years 

Bottom line > no major gum issues / no cancer per the $20 cancer screen / 7 cavities / need a crown for a broken molar (been broke for over a year) / no soreness or major tenderness in the gums ..... overall - the DH and Dentist said not too bad - all things considering 

Going forward i will be a good patient and visit the dentist regularly > starting on Thursday when I have an appointment to fix the first 4 cavities

Related story > my young Dental Hygienist's husband is a dipper .... i gave her a hand full of QD cards .... one with my name and # on it for her hubby & the rest to pass out to other filthy addicts 

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Dentist visit #2 this afternoon .... 4 fillings on the left side - 3 top / 1 bottom ...... my face is still numb from my chin to the corner of my left eye ...... i just tried to eat and food keeps getting stuck on the left side between the gum and cheek  - i find it minutes after I swallow ..... I think someone just changed out my cup with a dribble glass

Im pathetic > Im drinking wine with a straw

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That’s great @beast42! I know the fear of going to the dentists is huge for most people. One less thing to worry about. I always feel great leaving the dentist, it’s setting the appointment that’s difficult.

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My wife is actually a dental hygienist. She cleans teeth for a living. She caught me dipping back in high school before she had even began to be interested in the career path. When she threatened to leave me I stopped for a long time. She knew I had history. I remember I was scheduled to go to her school and get my teeth cleaned about a month or two after I had started back up and was so scared she would catch me and break up with me over it that I came clean. She was mad but didn’t leave me. Since then going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned didn’t bother me. I actually like it. It’s seeing the actual dentist that had me shaking. My wife actually would regularly look in my mouth at home. She even has tools at home. What scared me the most is that she would tell me that most guys that come in don’t even know they have cancer when they come in. She shares the news with them. Since being a part of this community, I realize that’s complete bullshit. I realize every time we go to the dentist, it’s nothing but fear and expecting the worst. She was helpful to have around though because every time I had a spot I was worried about she would take a look and was always reaffirming, but blunt about what could happen. Over the last couple of years it has become the unspoken understanding of our home. I was dipping but no one wanted to acknowledge it. Which forced me into ninja dipping and playing a waiting game where I either wised up or got cancer. Luckily I found you dudes and I’m not really worried about the dentist anymore. Looking forward to hearing some good news next time I go. 

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3 hours ago, Neeson88 said:

I know I need to go to the dentist but scared shitless!

Gotta think: would you rather find out bad news now? Or later when it’s worse because you were scared? Be proactive. I was scared as shit when i first went a few weeks back because i had some spots. However i was fine, just overthinking it. I’ve been twice since i quit and it makes me feel great when everything looks good

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My recent visit to the dentist was pretty good, due to the extensive damage to my gums from years of using that shit, I have to have my lower jaw shot up with novocaine when they do me, just because my gums are nearly non existent on a couple teeth, and I only go maybe once a year, so there is a lot of scraping and grinding. Being 930 days quit, I still wonder if the cancer will find me after all those years of chewing, but I don't really worry about it. If I get cancer it sucks, but I did it to myself so have no one to blame but myself. 

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@Virginia_RN I feel the same way with cancer. I did it to myself but hoping I quit in time. I have my dentist visit Monday first time since I don’t know when and my gums are low also. 

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Question- when my dentist checked for cancer last week he just felt my bottom lip neck and throat  with his hands. Is this common or is there another method? 

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On 9/1/2018 at 8:31 AM, Neeson88 said:

Question- when my dentist checked for cancer last week he just felt my bottom lip neck and throat  with his hands. Is this common or is there another method? 

Were his pants on or off?

I think they look for the obvious, and feel for lymph node issues.  

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1 hour ago, Neeson88 said:

@8meds now that you mention it! He told me he had to put me under to do a complete check! Weird! 

Lots of rinsing and spitting if I were you!

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tucked or untucked?

Based on my experience, that is normal. Ive gotten 2 cancer screenings a year for the past 8 years. They also would check sides and under the tongue thoroughly and the occasional biopsy.  Used to use a clean screening as justification for not quitting.  Completely irrational addict thinking.  Glad everything went smoothly brother.  

 

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