The day the dentist saved my smile



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Heads up, if you don’t like stories about teeth or dentists, I wouldn’t read on!

Fifteen years ago or so (that makes me feel old) I had a very unfortunate accident with a wet floor, a cupboard and a spiral ring notebook. Let me elaborate. It was raining and we were allowed to wait outside the classroom in the corridor before next lesson.  I was leaning up against a slanted cupboard with the said notebook by my mouth. I don’t know why I had it near my mouth, I can’t remember but I lost my grip on the wet floor and slid down the cupboard and landed on my bum. I squealed like a school girl as I landed because the corner of the notebook wire had somehow got lodged in between my front two teeth. I panicked, so tugged at it and the wire came out. My gum bled a little, my friends were laughing at me but I didn’t care, the notebook was free and I went to my next lesson.

A few days later, I woke up in the middle of the night and my face felt strange, really strange. I got up and went to have a look in the mirror and I wasn’t prepared for what I saw looking back at me. My upper lip and nose were enormous and my gums felt really all out of proportion. I went downstairs to see my Mom (she’s a night owl) and she was shocked. I wasn’t imagining it, my face was swollen and there was a funny liquid leaking every so often from between my two front teeth. It was disgusting.

To cut a long story short, I had developed a huge abscess in my upper gum which had spread to underneath my nose and across to my cheeks. I told you it was disgusting! It had to be drained, I was given antibiotics and I was in a lot of pain. I thought that was it. The swelling went down and I no longer had an infection. I kept my teeth as clean as possible with regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash but on my next visit to the dentist I was given some devastating news. My front two teeth had died. Well the roots had and they were gradually turning my teeth a nasty grey colour. Apparently the trauma of the wire and the fall had infected the roots and they had died. I needed TWO root canal treatments and the dentist mentioned metal rods for crowns if the treatment didn’t work. As a sixteen year old teenager, I was mortified,  I was beyond gutted and I pretty much lost my smile that day.

A few years later when my gums had stabilised, I had to endure the worst treatment ever. Injections up my nose that make me instantly cry. Evil. I remember the pain to this day. I had my front (dead and discoloured) teeth removed, metal rods inserted into my gums and a ‘tic-tacs’ temporarily inserted into the gaps whilst my two falsies were made to fit (they weren’t tic-tacs but they might as well have been!) I don’t think I spoke to anyone whilst I waited the long two weeks for my teeth to be made up.

The day arrived, I endured more needles and anesthetic but I was desperately hoping that the dentist could save my smile. He did. I loved my dentist that day.


Fast forward ten years and my falsies are pretty much established as my normal teeth now and my gums have grown back around them (I bet you look at ALL the pictures above differently now to see if you can tell I’ve got false teeth!) I have to be extremely careful with my gums and so take care of them as much as I can. When I was pregnant, I had to be really careful as my gums were swollen and they did bleed a little. I definitely didn’t want to lose any more teeth.


I was sent a tube of the new toothpaste from Oral B and after using it for just a week, I like it. It’s got a really refreshing after taste and you don’t need a lot to get it to work. Apparently this toothpaste helps prevent causes of gum problems and can help reduce them in just 4 weeks. With regular use it can also help to slow bacterial growth, fights tartar and reduces plaque. What more do I need from a toothpaste. I suffer from sensitive teeth from time to time but luckily, I haven’t suffered recently so I’d be interested to see how the toothpaste fairs on my gums when and if I get a flair up.


My advice

  • Do not, under any circumstances put spiral ring notebooks near your mouth, ever!
  • Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes with toothpaste (such as Oral B Pro-Expert)
  • SMILE, it’s good for you!

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  • Reply Laura Huggins 20/10/2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a traumatic experience for you! No one expects to loose their teeth until they’re at least 80 and have them soaking in a glass on your bedside table.

    I would have never of guessed you had false ones unless you had mentioned it.

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Laura x x x

    • Reply mrsshilts 23/10/2013 at 1:15 am

      Thanks Laura, can’t say it was my favourite ever experience but i’m lucky the dentist was able to give me crowns (and I didnt have to pay as I was in full time Education!) Would cost me at least £400 per tooth now *shocked*

  • Reply Kate on Thin Ice 25/10/2013 at 6:30 pm

    Ouch! You do have a lovely smile. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  • Reply Kara 27/10/2013 at 5:24 am

    Hugs, I can sympathise, I have a problem with my teeth, they are incredibly weak and every yr I spend about £1k in my dentist, I have gum disease and will eventually loose my front teeth, I have false teeth in the back, but honestly dentists are life savers, a smile is important xx

  • Reply Claire 03/12/2013 at 5:42 pm

    I only just read this and it reminded me of our ‘stop off’ on the way to the Take That concert!!!!!! Xxxx

  • Reply McKenzie 18/04/2017 at 5:00 pm

    Oh my gosh! That is such a crazy injury story, and I am so sorry that happened, but it looks like your smile definitely is saved. Thanks for sharing this!

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