Gut Rumbles
 

June 03, 2004

that was fun

I no longer have an abcessed tooth. In fact, I never really had one to begin with. The tooth is perfectly healthy, with no cavities. It's just fit as a fiddle.

But my gums are not. I have an advanced case of gum disease in spite of brushing, flossing and using peroxide in my mouth as part of a daily routine. The dentist examined me, listened to my complaints and took a couple of X-rays. After that, he grabbed some sort of tool off his tray, told me to hold still and he cut me, right above that tooth that was driving me crazy. I could feel all sorts of blood and corruption draining into my mouth.

Believe it or not, but it was a GOOD feeling. All the pressure went away from my left eyeball and I felt almost human again. That's when the dentist began pressing strong fingers against my sinus cavities and attempting to break every bone in my face. "Ow, doc! That HURTS!" I whined.

"Yeah, and it smells like a dead cat in there, too." he replied. He kept mugging me until he was satisfied with the results. "You can rinse and spit now."

Bejus! I don't want to talk about what came out of me. Just imagine squeezing the biggest pimple you ever had in your life and seeing the results come out of your mouth. It was disgusting. It was humiliating. It was horrible.

But it was one hell of a relief, too.

I feel a lot better now. I DON'T feel good about the fact that I'm probably going to have to do this again or lose my teeth in a few years, or both. Gum disease is no laughing matter and that's another complaint I have with God. If I were omnipotent, I would have made better gums than God did.

Going to the dentist delayed my lawyer appointment until tomorrow. That's a good thing, because the swelling is gone and I can talk to him with a straight face now.

Comments

Forget the peroxide, it actually can keep things from healing if used too much. The best thing for gums is Tea Tree oil. A couple of drops(2-3) on your toothbrush with tooth paste. The taste leaves a lot to be desired, but it works. You can find it at Walmart in the supplement section. Don't forget to get an eye dropper while you're there to put the oil on your toothbrush.

Posted by: DianeK on June 3, 2004 01:35 PM

Excellent advice. Tea Tree Oil is great stuff fer almost everything that ails you. Fantastic antibiotic.

...and thanks for the visual Rob. Thats one of the most disgusting mental images I've had to try and scrape out of my brainpan in quite a while.

Posted by: Fish on June 3, 2004 02:07 PM

You should start brushing with Uncle Harry's Toothpowder (www.uncleharrys.com). Everyone that I know that's switch over to it, has had a huge improvement in their gums. My boyfriend's dentist even wanted to know how she could get some after seeing the almost miraculous improvement of his gums. You should really try it.

Posted by: DogsDon'tPurr on June 3, 2004 02:17 PM

good gawd, what a mental image!!

Posted by: Michele on June 3, 2004 03:03 PM

Oh GROSS! I get back to the office, open Gut Rumbles, and start eating lunch. Can't you warn people before they read an entry?!!!

Posted by: Alaska Kim on June 3, 2004 04:28 PM

I'd say what you really have is infected sinuses. I had the same problem and had to go to the dentist for the same treatment --- several times, in fact, until they finally loaded me up with the right kind of antibiotics for the problem. I'd go see a good ear/nose/throat guy.

Posted by: RebeccaH on June 3, 2004 04:33 PM

I had a foster kid that liked to poke out his tongue every time I turned my back.

His punishment was a dropperful of tea tree oil on the tongue.

That is the nastiest tasting/smelling stuff that you can put in your mouth without it killing you---I am convinced of this.

But, yeah, it works. Go for it.

Posted by: Key on June 3, 2004 04:39 PM

Did your dentist tell you that gum disease was contagious?

I heard that following a study in 1996, it was concluded that it was. But most people -PROVIDED THEY DON'T SMOKE- are able to fight off the bacteria before it reaches advanced stages.

...so says my hygienist.

Posted by: Key on June 3, 2004 04:44 PM

As someone who is recovering from periodontal disease, I can relate. Rob, get a Sonicare toothbrush - that was one of the tools I found to help - the Sonicare will clean your gums better than anything else out there. Also, tell your dentist to make you a mouth-guard if you grind your teeth in your sleep - the extra movement exacerbates the break down of the bone holding your teeth. I even went so far as to insist that my dentist make me a double mouth-guard set (the lower teeth were still moving too much with just an upper mouth-guard). I was his first with a double set, and now he has about 50 patients with double mouth-guards. Make sure you floss every day, too. I won't pester you to quit smoking, though - I've been reading your blog long enough to know what happened to you the last time you quit, and you're better off not carrying around extra weight. Besides, I just can't picture you as an ex-smoker.

Posted by: Chet on June 4, 2004 12:56 AM

Gonna have to have them gums cut soon Pumpman. You'll just love that surgery. It's not the surgery, but the plaster that you have over it for over a week. And you're gonna hate me for saying this but it is smoking that fucked up the gums. It's what did me in. No matter how hard you try you just can't get all the tar off from the smoke. I'm not saying you should stop. I'm not preaching, Hell I smoked for twenty years myself.

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