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To Bite Into An Apple Again 
Apr. 19, 2012 11:28 am 
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:45 am
I haven’t bitten into an apple in almost 25 years.

Don’t get me wrong, I love apples. I love Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and McIntosh just to name a few. I love apple pie, apple tarts, applesauce, apple cider, apple juice, apple crumb cake, baked apples, drunken apples and just about anything else apple that you can think of that you can make with apples. If dish on the menu at the restaurant has apples in it, the odds are good I am ordering it. I just can’t bite into a crisp, ripe & juicy apple on it’s own.

It’s my teeth.

I wasn’t born inheriting the best teeth you could get from your parents. They had issues too. I also wasn’t always good as a kid when it came to brushing my teeth. A wet tooth brush and a pep-o-mint lifesaver tricked my mother for a while. An excessive flirtation with demon rum in my late teens and early twenties probably didn’t help things either. I went from cavities to root canals to crowns to posts to gum surgery to wire splinting. I’m actually surprised my mouth didn’t set off metal detectors in airports. Even with all that, my teeth slowly continued to fall apart until we got to where we are today and it’s not a place I really want to be.

On Monday April 23, I start a journey that I have jokingly labeled as “DENTAL HELL”. I have finally come to the realization that my teeth are beyond the patchwork fixes that have held my mouth together these past few years. It’s time for me to make wholesale changes. I am sure the work will be painful and in my own mind at times, I am sure that it will be somewhat humiliating. I just have to keep telling myself that all of the work, money & pain will be worth it in the end. I’ll be writing & updating throughout and I plan on sharing the trials & tribulations as they come. Hopefully, there will be some good stuff in there to write about as well.

So when all is said & done some 12 to 18 months from now, I will once again be able to bite into a crisp, ripe & juicy apple.

I just hope I remember how.
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Apr. 19, 2012 11:46 am
A very brave and personal post, Doug. Thank you for sharing!
Apr. 19, 2012 11:50 am
Making it public made my DIE-t easier. I am hoping to do the same here. Thanks Sonja.
Apr. 19, 2012 11:53 am
Oh I will feel for you Doug.
Apr. 19, 2012 11:54 am
Good for you Doug! I have been through 'dental hell' and lived to tell about it. Was it easy? No. Was it at time humiliating - Often. Was is worth it? YES! Would I do it again? You bet! I will be cheering you on.
Apr. 19, 2012 11:56 am
You are a brave man- Your smile looks great in your photo! Good luck and "keep a stiff upper lip" Ha
Apr. 19, 2012 12:04 pm
I too was not blessed with good teeth and I too did not take care of them. I'm still being held together with duct tape however and I do not bite into apples. Cut them up and I'll indulge.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:09 pm
I had to have some dental work done recently although not nearly as extensive as yours. One tooth involved root canal therapy w/ crown installed, and the other one involved extraction of upper left first molar and bone graft to prepare for implant. Had the implant installed about 10 days ago. I’m now waiting for about 5 months for the bone to harden around the implant, and then a post will be added to implant. The last step, about a month later, another crown will be installed to this implant. All of this work has been virtually pain free . . . just a tad bit of swelling after tooth extraction which subsided within a day. I had no need to use ice packs or take any pain medication. Doug, the good news is that modern dentistry has made giant leaps forward so the work you need done is hopefully less of an ordeal than you’re imagining {it was for me}. The biggest pain is chewing as I avoid the side where the work is being done . . . but still not a big deal. Anyway, I think you’ll do fine, and you’ll be really glad to have had this done once everything is completed.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:16 pm
Thanks Dog Fish Head aka Fabius
Apr. 19, 2012 12:17 pm
Hi BN and thanks - it's good to know there are others who have been through it. I am sure I will be looking your way for support & advice.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:19 pm
Bless your heart! Just get 'er done, Buddy! I'll be think of you! I'll order up some fresh corn on the cob for you, too, when you are done!
Apr. 19, 2012 12:19 pm
Thanks irayd8 - the front teeth somehow held up well enough to fool a camera - it's the rest of my that makes a dentist call their real estate agent in order to start looking for a 2nd home.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:20 pm
Hi Maridele - I love sliced apples. I just really want to hear and feel that first bite all over again.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:21 pm
Hey ConkyJoe - thanks for sharing - I have been chewing on one side of my mouth for most of the past year. It's when that side started breaking down that I no longer had a choice.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:22 pm
Oh and don't forget - corn still on the cob is in your future!
Apr. 19, 2012 12:22 pm
Ask the person who is doing the work where he/she/they are going on vacation with your $$$!
Apr. 19, 2012 12:23 pm
Hey Cindy - I would love to eat corn on the cob again too. My son might not like it because he eats corn like an old Hekyll & Jekyll cartoon.
Apr. 19, 2012 12:28 pm
Hi, Doug! Writing this experience into your blog will be a huge benefit to you and a blessing to those folks facing the the same issue. From my own experience, I promise that it will be your most important topic. With your excellent writing ability, the story will be told in an intuitive manner. I'll watch for your entries. If your travels bring you to southewest Michigan, I'll have some apples waiting for you!
Apr. 19, 2012 1:08 pm
You are right BN - corn is something else I haven't eaten off the cob in a long time. As much as I miss it, I really miss that snap & crunch of an apple.
Apr. 19, 2012 1:13 pm
Dog Fish Head - There are 2 doctors working on me and I know one already has an italian villa - not sure where the other one is going to start looking.
Apr. 19, 2012 1:19 pm
My dad did not believe in going to th dentist. He thought you brushed with baking soda and not tooth paste. He believed it you had your teeth cleaned that it took the enamel off and thus you teeth decayed. He would only go or take us to have a tooth pulled. He did take me one day to get a tooth pulled when I was about 10.The dentist let him have it about my teth. I had a mouth full of cavities. My Dad did take me back until all those teeth were taken care of. I didn't go to the dentist again until I was married and started taking myself. I have a mouth full of fillings, caps, and a partial. I haven't had a new cavity in years.I do take very good care of my teeth now and don't miss a 6 month checkup and cleaning.
Apr. 19, 2012 1:19 pm
Hi Mike - once I am in a position to bite those apples again, I'll swing by SW Michigan for those apples - we'll toss the cores at any Buckeyes we might see. Thanks for the words of encouragement.
Apr. 19, 2012 1:23 pm
I have a friend who is in the middle of the process of getting new teeth now. He is doing well! You will be frustrated during the process, but hopefully the apple as your reward will be worth it in the end!
Apr. 19, 2012 1:24 pm
Hi Char - it sounds like you have been able to rebound from a tough start. I'm glad your teeth are doing well. Mine have just been on a slow steady spiral down for quite some time now.
Apr. 19, 2012 1:30 pm
Hi sueb - glad to hear that your friend is doing well. I know it seems silly but that first bite is going to be great. Thanks for the encouragement.
Apr. 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Oh nooooooo, dental problems. I had very expensive and very PAINFUL dental procedures done 8 years ago only to be told 2 years later, needed to do it all over. I flat out said NO, unless you can tell me why the problems are recurring. The dentist questioned me one day about a medication I was taking, she then spent a little time researching, and said this could be the problem. So I checked with my doc, he switched me to another Rx and, honestly, everything cleared up within ten days. Probably would have been a good case study for a dental student to write up. I just thought it was a miracle. All problems are gone, and I'm just back to my routine 3-month maintenance/check-ups now. I'll be thinking about you and hoping all of this goes better than you're anticipating. Take an apple with you to the dentist's office, and just think about that first juicy bite.
Apr. 19, 2012 4:03 pm
I had bridgework fail, my only choice was dental implants, I was petrified, I had the surgery last March and had the implants finished in July, now I am so happy that I have my new teeth, I wish I had done it sooner, it was painful at the time but that was soon forgotten. I hope everything goes well and you can eat apples again soon :)
Apr. 19, 2012 4:53 pm
I always seem to be able to relate to your Blogs in one way or another Doug...the sign of a good writer I believe...anyway..this one is most certainly no exception. I won't go into too much detail about just how "delicate" my teeth are...suffice to say the last molar I broke was courtesy of a bite of an oatmeal cookie! I wish you all the best in this journey and I encourage you to keep us here posted on the progress.....I think you'd be doing a favour to many people like me who have a phobia of all things dental if you were able to outline your experience. Good for you for going for it.....
Apr. 19, 2012 5:37 pm
Doug, before I praise you for your candor just let me take a minute to thank you for writing a blog that wasn't about Haystacks, Butter or your AR journey. Good on ya for getting thee to the dentist. I've been in your boat, paddled awhile myself. It's definitely worth the effort. All my best pal
Apr. 19, 2012 5:58 pm
Doug, so sorry for what you have coming in the next year! There is more at stake than apples, though. Your smile is also on the line, here, and it's pretty hard to go through life hiding your teeth, or worse, refusing to smile. So, good for you, for making the decision necessary to move forward. You are quite a handsome fellow, and the world needs your smile!
Apr. 19, 2012 8:24 pm
I feel your pain - literally! As a kid I was never able to bite anything with my front teeth. Four years of braces straightened everything out, but I still couldn't bite anything with my front teeth. The braces didn't allow for the most efficient brushing, and 4 pregnancies took their toll, so in my thirties I had significant work done, posts and caps, since my dentist informed me the orthodontist had tried to move too many teeth too far. I was told that work would last about 25 years, but at the price I paid, I took very, very good care of them and they are just now (30 yrs later)showing signs that I will be needing more significant work. Dental insurance is just a drop in the bucket too, but it is so worth it when you can eat as you like in comfort and know you can smile confidently. Invest in yourself, you deserve it.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:39 am
Good morning lutzflcat - I am glad to hear that they were able to figure out a solution for you. Unfortunately for me, it's just one solution. I appreciate the support and you stopping by. Have a great weekend.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:48 am
Thanks the4taals - I am glad to hear they have worked for you. It certainly helps my state of my mind hearing so many success stories. Thanks for stopping in.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:53 am
Good morning ellie - I have broken teeth on chewy granola bars (could have been the HUGE almond chunk in it too) - and trust me, I am no fan of the dentist myself so having you all along for the ride is going to help. Thanks for the kind words & support.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:57 am
Morning Randy - I already subjected you all to my haystacks & butter blogs - I have no intention of going on a journey too. Thanks for the support. I need it. How about those NHL Playoffs ? My Rangers can't seem to win them in OT.
Apr. 20, 2012 5:07 am
hi Bibi and thanks for your support. It really means a lot. I have lived with & through pain for most of my adult life. I think I can get through this one. Thanks again.
Apr. 20, 2012 5:10 am
Good morning BigShotsMom and thanks - you are absolutely right - Dental Insurance Reimbursement is a joke - it really is for people with good teeth. I have a feeling that by the end, my wallet is going to hurt more than my mouth. Have a great weekend.
Apr. 20, 2012 7:18 am
Good luck to you, Doug. This was an honest and courageous post as is the process you are now going through. I know it will be worth it for you in the end, and that first bite of a fresh, local, ripe apple will be bliss!
Apr. 20, 2012 7:47 am
Doug-here is wishing you the best in your dental journey. Here is wishing you many good apples to taste-honeycrisp is my favorite apple.
Apr. 20, 2012 8:01 am
Hi wisweetp - thanks for the encouragement. I just hope I don't build that first bite up so much in my mind that my apple turns into another "Pimento Cheese Sandwich". Have a great weekend.
Apr. 20, 2012 8:03 am
Hi Lela & Thanks - as much as I love Honeycrisp (and so do my kids), Granny Smith has always been my go to apple of choice. I actually wouldn't be surprised if I took a lot of first bites out of a lot of different apples when the time finally comes. Have a great weekend.
Apr. 20, 2012 10:24 am
I feel your pain Doug. I got my new teeth 4 years ago. It was the best decision of my life, it TOTALLY improved my overall health, and now I can eat all kinds of things I once thought I would never enjoy again! I do have problems with apple skins, but I just peel 'em, slice 'em and enjoy 'em (caramel dip, anyone?) My taste buds kinda changed and I'm enjoying lots of new things, too! I wish you the best of luck on the me, it's worth it!!!
Apr. 20, 2012 11:15 am
Hi msntnkrbll - thanks - I am looking forward to the long term benefits. My heart doctor was all over me a year ago to start on my teeth. Guess I finally listened. Thanks again for stopping by and for your support.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:20 pm
I won't bore you with the details of my own dental hell 13 years ago. But let me say it was worth it in the end. And it's never too late. My sister got braces two years ago at the age of 51 and she too believes it was worth all the agony and expense. The first time I could eat corn on the cob again made me forget the ordeal. The best part is that you should only have to go through it all once. Maintenance is a whole lot easier when you have something worth maintaining. Best wishes to you and keep us posted.
Apr. 20, 2012 5:15 pm
Hi KATSINTHEKITCHEN and thanks. I turn 50 next month and while I am annoyed with myself for having to do this at this stage in my life, I also know I have a long way to go and a lot of food left to eat. Have a great weekend.
Apr. 20, 2012 5:54 pm
Well if you can do it I guess I can too!!!!....I have always had dental issues...don't do what I am suppose to do but I also feel very duped by the many dentists I've been too....guess that's just my fear talking!...Good luck have inspired me to call this week...keep us posted!!!!
Apr. 20, 2012 6:38 pm
Doug I am 2 months in from having all my teeth pulled and immediate dentures. has not been easy but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Each day gets better, There are some great dental forums to read that will really help. Just google denture forums.
Apr. 21, 2012 12:51 am
I've always said that being born with good teeth (though some were in really strange places - thank God and Mom for my braces!) was not a blessing for me - I was able to be lazy and not take good care of them. And really have to fight my years of bad habits now! I wish you well on this difficult journey - that will be well worth it!
Apr. 21, 2012 4:13 pm
Now this is one of those things I love about this site. Good people willing to share their life experiences with you. Good luck, Doug. I just know you'll enjoy biting into those apples before too long!
Apr. 22, 2012 2:35 am
I had what was left of 21 teeth pulled last July and replaced with immediate dentures. I was where you were for many years - keeping my front teeth in with super glue... I have never regretted having them removed and while I still can't bite into an apple - I can bite into a big juicy burger instead of eating it with a knife and fork. Hang in there, Doug. It will get better.
Apr. 22, 2012 4:29 am
Dear Doug, don't worry some pleasures you can never forget. As for Dental Hell, well even 18 months of trials and tribulations are worth ensuring that you will enjoy your palate even more after the fact and protect your health to boot! Courage for the journey ahead!
Apr. 22, 2012 8:51 am
Im in month 3 of dental hell. I had all my teeth pulled and am waiting for my gums to heal so I can get fitted for my new dentures. I am so excited. Good luck!!
Apr. 22, 2012 7:54 pm
Hi Doug - thanks for the courage to share this part of your life with us. It is personal, but you've had the courage to share so many other struggles you've gone through - and you have persevered victoriously. I am sure you will do so through this process also. I will follow your process with great interest as I too am facing the same issues. The duct tape and super glue are no longer working. Past the front teeth, it resembles more of a triage war zone - and the walking wounded are collapsing. I am very interested in the "fix" you"re heading towards - - dentures? Implants? Something else? I am interested as I'm facing the same venture very soon in my own life. So keep us posted - - and I will definitely be cheering you on.
Apr. 23, 2012 12:22 am
Hi Doug, I went all denture uppers and five lower front partial last year.I haven't tried an apple yet, and think it may work using Sea-Bond adhesive wafers for the uppers. However, I'll feel more confident when I get mini implants which are affordable and lock your dentures in place. Good luck!
Apr. 23, 2012 6:48 am did day one in the dental journey go? Do you need a nice cold chocolate milkshake.....there have to be some treats after spending time in the "chair".....all the best!
Apr. 24, 2012 6:56 am
Good morning and thank you all for your kind words, thoughts & support. I survived round 1 yesterday - 7 broken teeth extracted and one tooth that needed to go. More novocaine shots & stitches than I could count. Not much pain or swelling. Now to get back to answering your comments & questions.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:08 am
Good morning p and q - dentists have always been a bugaboo for me. It took something serious for me to finally go to this one. She is very good and so is the periodontist we are working with. I will admit that there is a dull ache in my jaws from yesterday's extractions but my big challenge for the next 4 weeks, is how do I eat & what do I eat ?
Apr. 24, 2012 7:09 am
Hi nanjan and thanks for the support. I'm a few months behind you. I hope you will stop in again and let me know how you are doing. I know it will help me.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:11 am
Hi Barb and thanks. I had some teeth in some strange places too when I was younger and my bad habits caught up to me. I know I will be better going forward. I also know that it's going to be painful too.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:13 am
Hi Paula and thanks - this site helped me with my DIE-t so I figured it would help me with my teeth. And you know what ? It already has. Thanks again and have a great day.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:15 am
Hi Pattycake72 and thanks for stopping in and sharing with me. It's great to hear from people who have been there. I knew I wasn't alone out there and I know now that there are a lot more than I thought. I can't wait to bite into a burger again too. I hate being the only one using a knife & fork at a burger joint. Have a great day.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:17 am
Hi Vicky & thanks. Day 1 is done and every ensuing day gets me closer to my ultimate goal. I appreciate your support.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:18 am
Good morning soupisgoodfood33 and that is great. I can't believe I am saying it but I can't wait to get where you are already. Please make sure to stop in again and let me know how things go for you along the way. Have a great day.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:25 am
Hi luv2cook - the ultimate goal for me is a full set of implants though we will be doing a full denture first. That's probably the hardest thing for me to get my mind wrapped around but now that the work has started, I don't have a choice but to accept it. My little son used to stare in amazement inside my mouth and it embarassed me when he did. when one more tooth broke, it was finally time. Good luck with your teeth. Stop by again and let me know how you are doing.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:27 am
Good morning Kevin "Chef Kev" Kane - good luck with the mini implants - it sounds a lot like where I am eventually headed. Hope you get to bite your apple soon. Stop in again and let me know how you are doing.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:29 am
Hey ellie - just under 2 hours in the chair and no milkshakes, can't use a straw with stitches in my mouth. Went for a big container of rainbow sherbet instead and it was good. Thanks for checking in.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:52 am
Two upper permanent teeth never developed in my second sons mouth. Senior year in college his bone growth stopped and he started the implant process. The finished look is perfect but it took months and $$$$ which was not covered by insurance. Had he had the teeth knocked out in a bar brawl or neglect they would have been covered but because it was a congenital defect it wasn't! I know you will be pleased with the results. Fix some gazpacho and rest.
Apr. 24, 2012 8:03 am
wow - 8 extractions in ONE (1) day - - I would have a hard time walking in knowing that was going to be happening - - it would be like Daniel walking into the den of lions - it's not called the den of lions because there's a room full of soft pink bunnies in there - - there's LIONS!!!! and they won't nuzzle you and hop away - - they will ponce on you and cause you more pain than you dreamt possible. YIKES!!!! You are one brave man Doug!!! So I know you had to be at the end of your rope to walk in of your own volition. I sure have a lot of questions - like how are you consuming any food at this point? With 8 teeth (albeit broken ones) missing - are you limited to soup? How long will your gums need to heal before they can fit you with dentures? Are they pulling all your teeth eventually? Even the pretty front ones you've got? I know what implants are - but why go the route of dentures if what you really want is implants? Are you having to take time off from work while in this process? I know - I know - - I probably need to go to that dental forum site and ask all this - but since you opened this pandora's box and you don't seem to mind sharing this personal and painful part of your life - - I thought I'd ask someone who's actually having to walk (or crawl) this this process. Thanks for any information - - as I said in my previous post - I too am going to be walking through the valley of the shadow of death soon and I just need some information from someone who will tell it like it is. Thank you for your courage both in going into battle and in reporting the casualties and fatalities. Go Doug!!
Apr. 24, 2012 8:05 am
Hi, Doug! For me it's feet and teeth! Though I am luckier than you with the teeth---had lots done to the mouth---but with the advent of electric toothbrushes I've been saved. So far. Now feet--that's another story. Good luck!
Apr. 24, 2012 8:14 am
Good morning Marie C. - Dental insurance is a joke. It is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall price. Glad your son's implants worked out and thanks for stopping in.
Apr. 24, 2012 8:18 am
Good morning, Doug. May I suggest cottage cheese and salsa. I lived on that for a long time. I lost a ton of weight along the journey but it was cottage cheese and salsa kept me going.
Apr. 24, 2012 8:26 am
Thinking of you, Doug, and sending you encouragement! This blog was exactly what I needed to read this morning as I am contemplating on what to do with my teeth. I never had a cavity until I got braces when I was 15, in fact, before that I had nearly perfect teeth. Except a couple of them were just slightly crooked, but no big deal, I could certainly have lived with that. So long story short, the braces weakened my teeth, and two pregnancies have taken their toll. Broken and cracked teeth are becoming a consistent problem unfortunately. But you have given me courage to at least call and set up an appointment with my dentist to see what I need to do. Thank you for being willing to open up and share your experience with us. I'm sure since it's helped me then it will help numerous other people as well. Good luck to you!!
Apr. 24, 2012 10:24 am
Best wishes on your journey! I guess a lot of us have a lot of dental history; seems a mixed bag of not-so-good habits and/or heredity. I hear ya on the apple, and along with the blogs you post throughout your journey, be sure to post one when you take that first bite!
Apr. 24, 2012 11:25 am
Hi Doug! I am so glad you wrote this blog! Very interesting and encouraging. I didn't have any problems with my teeth until about, oh, not even two months ago. All the sudden my gums just started randomly bleeding in various places. Not this past Fri. but the one before, I woke up with uncontrollable bleeding and went to the ER. A week later they released me from the hospital. Clearly I have other health issues, but it is AMAZING how dental health affects and is affected by all the other things going on in one's body! It was scary as heck, and I still have to go to the dreaded dentist, but for now at least the bleeding has stopped. I wish you the best of luck in your journey, and I am super glad you are sharing it with us. You have been a inspirational kick in the butt for a lot of us :)
Apr. 24, 2012 11:28 am
P.S. As you probably know, my beloved Pens played horribly on Sunday, thus getting knocked out in the first round yet again. So disappointing- especially to lose to the Flyers! Ugh! Your Rangers played well last night- for your sake, I am glad they live to play game 7. I'll be watching :)
Apr. 24, 2012 6:41 pm
I know how you feel with the bad teeth. A couple years ago I had gotten cancer and after a fun time with that started to realize that my teeth were falling apart one by one, but I had lost my job had no insurance or income so i had to apply for free services which just came through this March. Sadly all my teeth were at the gum line broke off so they had to surgically remove them. On the first of March they took the 10 I had left on the right side, on the 20th of March they took the last 9 on the right, and yesterday they removed the 12 on the bottom. When they removed the first set it was a young dentist and she cracked my upper jaw bone, so i have to wait for 2 months and pray i can find the money for the dentures, because they were going to do the micro implants but the clinic doesn't provide dentures and can't do the implants now because of the fear of doing more damage to the fracture. So I pray your luck and dentist is better than mine.
Apr. 25, 2012 4:49 am
Good morning luv2cook - sorry I got sidetracked & distracted yesterday. Cable guy & paving contractor showed up at the same time. The eventual goal is full sets of implants top & bottom. Have to go through a 3 to 4 month period of a full denture to let the gums settle and the bone grafts to take. Then the posts are put in so the implant/denture and can be screwed in permanently. The 8 teeth that came out were in all 4 corners of my mouthi still have my front 8 on top for now. Soup & soft foods for now since I can't chew in the back with the stitches. Work has been good about it so far. A few sick days scheduled but I also have the ability to work from home when needed so that helps. I'll keep you updated and don't hesitate to shout out if you have questions. Have a great day.
Apr. 25, 2012 4:51 am
Hi Marianne - most of the troubles I had with my feet started to go away with the 48lbs I lost. They still aren't pretty in sandals. Thanks for stopping in.
Apr. 25, 2012 4:52 am
Morning BN - I have some mild mango salsa that should go well with my pineapple cottage cheese. I will admit I never thought of that combo but I will certainly give it a try. And despite losing 48lbs so far, I still have a little roll left amidship so this may be a blessing in disguise. Have a great day.
Apr. 25, 2012 4:55 am
Good morning Kristen B. and I wish you all the best. I kept putting the call off and putting the call off until the call made itself. Please don't hesitate to check in anytime. I'm always glad to answer questions or talk. Good Luck.
Apr. 25, 2012 4:59 am
Good morning Thisni Caza - I think you can count on a youtube video link of that first bite when it comes. Thanks for the best wishes and I hope you have a great day.
Apr. 25, 2012 5:24 am
good morning puck - sorry to hear about your health issues - my cardiologist flipped out when he saw my mouth the first time. He really got after me about how dental health effects the heart. He'll be plenty surprised me he sees me in June. I hope that things work out for you. Keep me posted. As for hockey, what happened to Sidney ? He seemed to have a meltdown. Very uncharacteristic of him. Game 7 for my Rangers tomorrow night and I am in Louisiana. I hope I can find a TV that has the game. Have a great day and again, good luck.
Apr. 25, 2012 5:27 am
good morning Nipplator - I thought my jaw was going to break the other day on the last of the 8 they took out. Big ugly molar in the back. i still have 8 more to come out up top. Thank you for coming by and sharing with me. I can't imagine going through all that you have been through. It sounds like your are made of some pretty solid stuff. I hope that things do work out for you. Feel free to stop by any time to comment or talk. I'll be here for a while. Good luck.
Apr. 25, 2012 6:43 am
Just read your blog, Doug - and I can so 2003 I spent $25,000 on having all my teeth redone - an ok job, but not stellar. Since that time, every time I went to the dentist, they found another $4-5,000 worth of work that needed done....I said NO! I changed dentists and the new one so far deems me fine with every 4 month cleanings. I wish they looked nicer though.....I will tell you, at the next mention of mega bucks needing to be spent on these teeth, I will have every single tooth pulled out (they are mostly crowns and bridges anyway) and will have full top and bottom dentures put it. All the dentists say "No! They aren't like your own" - well I hope to hell they aren't like my own! I haven't been able to eat an apple, an ear of corn, etc in 25+ years and I realize I won't with dentures, either....but at least they will look nice and if they hurt, then I can take them out and put them in a glass of water like my old grandma did! Best of luck to you on this loonnngggg endeavor!
Apr. 25, 2012 9:02 am
Ok, had an upper plate most of my life, with a partial on the bottom. Two years ago tooth went bad that held the partial. Recomendation was a whole bottom plate, I cried. Every one I know who has both still couldn't bite an apple and the bottom plate always flipped up. Suggestion was bone graft with snaps put in bottom gum, and the opposite put in bottom plate, it actually snaps in, and cost 5,000. which ins. didn't pay. Today I love them!!!! There is nothing I can't chew, even apples!!! It's just like my real teeth, and well worth it!! Lost a lot of weight, waiting for healing, Now down to a size 12 and a beautiful smile!!! Good Luck
Apr. 25, 2012 10:47 am
I'm sure you have more empathetic readers than you will ever realize. Good luck on your journey and congratulations for taking the first step!
Apr. 25, 2012 11:05 am
Hi CINDIEDEE and thanks for sharing with me. It sounds to me like you are as frustrated with your teeth as I am with mine. This will be the third major overhaul in the past 20 years and it better be the final one. Have a great day.
Apr. 25, 2012 11:08 am
Hi kathk - I'm glad that it worked out for you in a couple of different ways. The overall price I was quoted has me cringing but it sounds to me from reading all of the comments that I am making the right decision. Congrats on losing the weight too. I have a little roll on my stomach that I am hoping this all will help. Thanks again for stopping by.
Apr. 25, 2012 11:09 am
Thanks cburns - everyone here was great when I started my DIE-t a year ago and they have all been great on this next step. Have a great day and thanks for checking in.
Apr. 26, 2012 11:49 am
Way to go. Be brave and everything will turn out ok. Hopefully, you will be able to bite into one of those juicy apples again.
Apr. 26, 2012 3:13 pm are a tough guy and I know you are going to get through this with a big beautiful smile. I have always been lucky to have decent teeth. Unfortunately, the enamel is now damaged by the whitening products that my dentist prescribed. !!!!
Apr. 27, 2012 3:17 am
Thanks & Good Morning wonderwanna - so far so good. My mouth still has a dull pain in spots but it's not bad. Have a great day.
Apr. 27, 2012 3:24 am
Mahalo & Aloha Julie. I'm trying. It will be an interesting ride I'm sure. Sorry to hear about your teeth. I hope you have a great day.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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