Going to the dentist’s.
I hate it.
It seems that every time I go, there’s some sort of pain that needs to happen now, or at some point in the future. I actually only have two fillings (white), but it seems as if every time I have ever been there has been some sort of issue that needs fixing or ‘watching’.
I recently went for a general check-up, and was told that I will need three fillings at some point in the near future.
I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS!
Each one will cost a minimum of £70, and I feel like I’ve failed my body by allowing this to happen. Things need to change.
Firstly, I’m going to start brushing my teeth at least twice a day. What? Didn’t I already do that? NO. Unfortunately my parents didn’t instil the habit of morning brushing – I didn’t even know people did it until I went round to a sleepover when I was 7 or so! And then, being 7, I simply felt smug that my parents didn’t make me do it. How naive of me.
Secondly, I am rinsing my mouth with water each time I eat something sugary or acidic (i.e. fruit), this dislodges any food trapped in-between teeth, which decay-causing bacteria would have a field day on.
Thirdly, I have just switched from a toothPASTE, to a toothPOWDER. Specifically, Nature Alive’s BIO-WHITE Peppermint. I met the rather eccentric creator of said toothpowder at the Infinity store in Brighton, and after a lengthy debate about correlations between diet, glycerin and tooth health, my interest was piqued. Apparently glycerin, the substance which gives toothpaste its gel-like texture, blocks the pore-like structures in your teeth which allows your saliva to ‘re-mineralise’ them (re-harden the enamel that naturally softens after eating).
Each pot will last you about a month and I’ve been using it for four days. It’s actually quite pleasant to use – it doesn’t foam much (which is great otherwise I gag) and it’s salinity makes it feel quite medicinal. However, the peppermint flavour isn’t very strong and will not leave you feeling minty fresh like most toothpastes do. Therefore, I’ve taken to swilling and gargling with salt water after brushing – as salt kills bacteria and leaves my breath fresher.
I’ve even heard that by using such toothpowders, allowing your saliva to re-mineralise your teeth, you can even HEAL YOUR CAVITIES. Yes, you heard me! There are quite a few bloggers out there who have posted miraculous reversed-cavity stories. This is great news for me, as I’d really rather not spend the money, nor feel the shame in having 3 more fillings. Of course, this is majorly dependent on your diet being packed full of vitamins, which your saliva will then carry to heal your teeth, so I’ll be making sure I eat as much as I can, particularly calcium! Luckily, I’ve been eating a calcium rich diet for about 6 weeks in order to heal my broken wrist – find out which vegan foods are high in calcium here.
So hopefully with these changes, I can at least delay having to get more fillings until I can afford it, and maybe even reverse the cavities.