||May. 19th, 2003 08:14 pm|
Dunno what's missing from my diet at the moment (it's been pretty weird since I "moved") but my gums are playing up again - receding and bleeding again. May be a minor issue, but my teeth (and hair) are something I get paranoid about, so it's upsetting me slightly :/
It might not be your diet - it can be stress-related (hmm, you're moving house and in with Karen this week, aren't you?) - and have you had trouble with your hands recently or anything which might make you not brush your teeth so well? If brushing them extra well to get rid of anything under them doesn't help, then seeing your local dental hygienist would be an idea, to get them squeaky clean, and maybe get a mouthwash like Chlorhexedine to keep them extra clean while they grow back.
I speak from experience of this, which got very bad in the last year of my PhD and by the time I went to the dentist I ended up paying £250 to have antibiotic gel injected into my gums. Very, very nasty - involved 10 injections. It's not available on the NHS - apparently the NHS solution is to wait till your teeth fall out and give you dentures. I borrowed the money and paid up. :(
At least it worked though - please, see a dentist and nip it in the bud! Since I've been comparatively less stressed and able to hold a toothbrush, I've managed to keep it away. But yes, more vitamin C is always good.
Hope it gets better soon!
When that last happened to me it was down to stress it seemed. But it didn't half scare the pants out of me, the amount of blood was, well, impressive.
I basically got a softer toothbrush, and bought a special one with the "gum massager" bits.
And I got the total 24 paste and mouthwash, and cleaned gently alot.
It did eventually dissapear after a few weeks, but was definatly stress.