I have had a high level of cavities develop on my teeth, particularly over the past 10 years. Prior to that my teeth were in excellent condition. Almost all of the cavities since then have developed on the gumline. I do drink a lot of soda, and that is something that will have to change, but I can't help but feel there is something else going on to contribute to my problem.
Has anyone ever received advice from a dentist etc or found something to have worked/helped them to keep teeth healthy?
The dentist is a difficult place for me to go, for one, I ended up the ER 2 months after they gave me an anitbiotic tablet under the gums called "Arestin." I won't let them give me that this time, particuarly without a thorough, convincing, well articulated reason (not just to inflate the bill). I went to the hygenist yesterday, who I let apply fluoride quite vigorously to my teeth, and am having some bowel issues today. Only thing is I had pizza last night with jalapenos, so for all I know that got me this time.
I try to speak with the dental professionals to get more in depth on what might cause my problems or what I can do, but the only answer i get is stop eating sugary foods and floss. They'll sometimes toss something else out there like maybe I have a dry mouth, or acidic pH saliva, etc...but they always say it has to do with acidity and bacteria producing cavities. Well, my question to them was: would a probiotic help? The hygenist had no idea. I believe the mouth is the first part of the digestive system, correct? And yet the dentists know nothing about any of those aspects.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
(Generic Balsalazide not as effective for me)
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
I hate Ulcerative Colitis and can't wait till we eradicate it