I went to the dentist today. My tooth history is a relative good one. Up until age 28 or so, I saw the dentist routinely. I got my first cavity at age 27. It was small, in a wisdom tooth and not a big deal. I suppose keeping up with my rheumatoid disease got the better of me, and I stopped going to the dentist around 27 or 28 years old. I also lost dental coverage at age 24, with my first poor-pay “grown up” job, making the expense more of a hassle. How sucky is that?
Given I was diagnosed with RA at age 23, I don’t think my oral care is to blame. Still, there’s some good research coming out about rheumatoid and gum disease, so I thought it best to get myself back into a dentist…. now at age 40. Yes, I’m a procrastinator. I’d been reading the gum research for a few years.
So, I went about 3 months ago. I had 3 small-medium cavities, plus the recommendation of having my wisdom teeth pulled. I had the recommended “below the gumline” cleaning, but have so far skipped out on the wisdom tooth thing (where one of my cavities are). I have a feeling this will come to a head soon. For 13 or so years, I didn’t think this was too bad of a dental visit!
Anyway, they recommended I come back for a cleaning in 3 months, given how l hadn’t been to the dentist in so long. I did that this morning. It was simply a routine cleaning, but guess what! They found 1-2 new cavities! I can’t believe it! Now, in my “going more natural” thing this summer, I scrapped the toothpaste I had been using my whole life (you know, the major brand most of us probably use) in favor of a less toxic one. Perhaps that was a mistake. Perhaps.
So, now what? I went right out and bought my good old toothpaste. I’ll have one of the cavities filled next week, with a “watch and wait” on the other one. I think I’ll increase my vitamin D and calcium for good measure. Ugh! I’m shocked how fast that happened… and pissed. Anyway….