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Do you remember Timmy the Tooth? He said, if you brush and floss every day, you’ll keep your teeth forever. Well, it turns out there’s more to that story.

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My wife will tell you I’m a total brush-and-floss zealot. I do them every day religiously, and I’ve never had a cavity.


A year ago, one of those dentists-in-a-box told me my gums looked great. A couple weeks ago, a high-end dentist made some X-rays and measurements, and he told me something very uncool. Basically:

“Lee, you have beautiful, strong teeth. And they’re gonna look great in your top drawer.”


It turns out a combination of genetics, insufficient dental care and gnarly nocturnal grinding has caused the bones to recede between my tooth roots. As the bone recedes, so do the gums, and the softer parts of the teeth get exposed. The teeth deteriorate quickly, and my insane grinding just makes it worse.

Those dreams I had where I was chewing chunks of my own teeth … they were real.

So, I have to wear a bite guard at night. So romantic. And I have to get surgery this Thursday. The surgeon is going to slice off strips of my upper palate and sew them into my gums. Yeah, rock and roll.

And here’s the real stoke: This is not a cure. This is just a way to try to stop the recession. The doctor said, if we keep the gum level where it is, I get to keep my teeth. If the gums keep receding, we’ll have a real problem.

I really want to blame someone. Damn that Timmy the Tooth!

9 replies
  1. Dean says:

    Hey bro,

    Stress sucks, doesn’t it? It does for me because now I too am wearing at bite guard at night as well. Be careful, just like bad gear can make a difference for cycling, if your guard is not designed properly it can make your life worse; in short don’t mess with this shit ’cause it will beat you. My dentist is Dr. Edwin Sims of Sacramento…is is the coolest dentist you will ever find. In addition to taking care of teeth, he is also an avid vintage and modern motocross racer, cyclist, car nut and racer, and one is my best friends; I trust him implicitly. If anyone is having similar problems be sure to check it out and if you are in the area and looking for a great dentist, contact Ed. He is to proper bite guards as Lee is to pump tracks.

  2. Ted says:

    Get a second opinion. I don’t trust dentists. They do a lot of work that doesn’t necessarily need done, just to line their pockets with more money. My sis is a dental hygentist and she sees this everyday. You might really have this problem, but I’d get a second opinion just to be share. Some dentists are shady. If your dentist office is real nice and has all the latest high tech gear, chances are they do work that might not need done….they gotta somehow pay for all that fancy gear, along with the dentists big house and BMW.

  3. Chris says:

    Ted, you’ve reminded me of a particular ‘Wizard of Id’ comic strip.

    A peasant who is bound with rope and accompanied by the arresting knight is standing before the King.
    Knight: “This man robbed a dentist.”
    King: “Why did you rob a dentist?”
    Peasant: “All the banks were closed.”

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