Monday, October 27, 2008

Ask Bella: Fuzzy teeth

Q: I have having trouble with oral health. Did your mouth feel nasty after your surgery??? My tongue is white and I am trying to drink water but my mouth feels gross. I had surgery on my top jaw and a huge metal splint put in my mouth that has to stay there for six weeks until the next surgery. I try to brush my teeth (the bottom anyway) but things still are not great. Is this to be expected? I want to know if its normal or if I am doing something wrong.

A: Oh, how I remember the grossness of my mouth post-surgery, and I was only wired shut for two weeks. The first week was alright, but by the second week, I could definitely feel a fuzz growing on the back of my lower teeth. When I got the wires off, my teeth were brown. It was absolutely disgusting.

Gee, thanks for taking me back to those oh-so-happy times :)

I actually think that was the worst part of the surgery for me. Not being able to get the crud off my teeth with all that metal in my mouth, so I do feel for you. The only advice I can give you is to keep doing what you're doing (brushing the bottom teeth), and also get a Water Pik to try and get some jet action around that splint (being careful to aim it away from any stitches, etc.) and do lots of mouth rinses with salt water and/or alcohol-free mouthwash.

And then accept the fact that probably no matter what you do, your mouth will be gross and fuzzy for a few weeks, because that's the way it goes. (I did all of these things and still had fuzzy, brown teeth after two weeks, but you gotta at least try, right?)

Once you're done doing what you gotta do, take some time to fantasize about the moment when you get to brush away all that fuzzy sludge with a toothbrush until you wear its bristles down to nubs.

Aaaaaahhhh. Better than porn.

(I bet it's even better than German orthodontic fetish porn. Just guessing.)

Seriously, good luck. This sucks, but it will all be worthwhile once it's all over.


*To ask Bella a question about her jaw surgery, email her at smilingbella at gmail dot com or leave a comment on this post. Go ahead: ask away!!

2 comments:

Mollieb said...

I found the salt water worked really well at making my mouth feel fresh. It felt less clinical than mouthwash, although you probably need that for the germs. Try using a baby toothbrush too...it takes a little longer, but I think it gets in those hard to reach places a little better. I hope you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone.

Jeremy said...

I remember the first time I was able to stick my tongue out further than a smidge, and I about screamed in horror! As the days went on, I could stick my tongue out a little bit further and scrub a little bit more with my brush :) A kiddie toothbrush, of course.

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