Being Natural – Setback?

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….

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