I’m terribly behind on Book 6. I probably won’t get it out until next year. I haven’t been doing so well. For perhaps the last eight months my gums have felt terrible. As if they were being stabbed with a knife. I’ve lost about 15 pounds, and it’s made me miserable.
I went to my dentist and he dismissed my complaint out of hand. I went to two periodontists, and they basically told me I was crazy. I went to an oral surgeon, without a referral, and she told me I had mild gingivitis, but it was nothing. By this point I was sure I had cancer.
I’ve spent most of the little free time I have reading up on teeth problems and watching youtube videos of young people with dentures. I cleaned up my diet. It didn’t help. I read ‘Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye’ by Ellie Phillips. I used her method of Closys, Crest, Listerine and Act. It didn’t help. I read ‘cure gum disease naturally’ by Ramiel Nagel. I tried to eat the foods that he suggested. It didn’t help. I tried oral probiotics and digestive probiotics. They didn’t help. I tried sage tea. It didn’t help. I tried seabuckthorn oil. It didn’t help. The list of things I tried goes on and on and on.
My primary care physician checked my for diabetes. I had her pull my IUD, just in case that was contributing, although she said that the IUD was not responsible. I don’t have diabetes and I still felt terrible. I went back two months later. She basically prescribed me anti-anxiety medication/nerve pain medication. In my head I screamed that I had anxiety, because my gums hurt.
I changed dentists. My new dentist suggested I use a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush and sensodyne toothpaste, and told me to come in for a cleaning in a few months when I was due. I had been in for a cleaning with my previous dentist only a few months before. She said to stay away from toothpaste with sodium laurel sulfates. The new toothbrush didn’t help. The new toothpaste didn’t help.
About three weeks ago, my new dental hygienist cleaned my teeth and my mouth rained blood. My gums don’t usually bleed when I floss and brush, so this was a bit disturbing. She probed my pockets, and found a 6 mm pocket right where I was feeling so much pain. And she said ‘Gum Disease’. And I breathed a sigh of relief, because she didn’t say I was crazy. I asked her if I needed scaling and root planning, because by this point I was ready to do anything to make this pain go away and I had been reading dentist’s blogs.
She said maybe if the pocket was still there next time, we could discuss it. She suggested I could fix this on my own with better hygiene. I wanted to scream, ‘What else can I do? I’ve tried everything.’
She suggested I try soft gum picks (twice a day) and doctor’s brushpicks (once a day) while still flossing. She said I should use sensodyne pro-enamel because I also had receding gums and my enamel was rough.
It’s been three weeks and I actually feel better. I had given up hope that I ever would feel better. I don’t know if it was really the picks. I don’t know if my pockets have reduced. I don’t know if it was the nerve pain/anti anxiety meds that the doctor prescribed (I stopped taking them as soon as I felt better). But I wanted to at least put this story out there.