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My teeth, a history;
back in maybe 2012 or so I was scheduled for an emergency wisdom tooth removal on the NHS, luckily the doctor had the foresight to prescribe some fairly powerful antibiotics because I was "barely febrile" (although I was also utterly tachycardic, especially for someone who'd been sat in A&E for 4 hours (I couldn't open my jaw at all). In any case the antibiotics were so powerful they landed my on my arse for 12 hours, I missed the appointment, and woke up with all the swelling gone down and feeling human for the first time in years. A follow-up surgery told me how close to sepsis I was and how lucky I was that the on duty Dr had prescribed my antibiotics.
Going back even further, while training Judo in 2007 I took a riotous knee to the face while trying to drag someone down to the back which left me with a black eye which covered most of one half of my face, one chipped tooth, and one loose tooth.
The black eye went away of its own accord, of course, however the chipped tooth has had to be rebuilt with dental ceramic no more than five times over the last decade and a bit, and the loose tooth which my (private) dentist said would be OK finally needed a root canal last year because the nerve had been basically dead for all those years.
TL;DR - Aside from a few cavities most of my tooth problems have come from being kicked and kneed full in the mush. If you plain to get kicked and/or kneed fully in the mush - wear a mouth guard.
- a person who's lived it all