My last visit to the dentist came as a bit of a shock. I’ve been having tooth pain for ages, but after 2 dentists and several xrays showed “nothing wrong” and I had “good oral hygiene” I assumed it was nothing but my flares acting up again.
Then, in a lot of pain, I went back. My usual dentist was away, the stand=in dentist took xrays and looked at my gums.
On his screen he showed me the xrays. I saw a mottled appearance in the gums, he explained these were “pockets” filled with bacteria, I had an infection entering the bone on one side and already starting on the other, degrading the structures keeping my teeth attached. These were causing me my problems. He said I need a scale and polish. I only just consulted Dr Google today to discover…
I have Periodonitis! An advanced form of gum disease which is irreversible.
And by the looks of my xray, pretty badly too!
Firstly, I brush my teeth twice a day with my electric tooth brush, I use mouth wash. I don’t floss though because my teeth are tightly packed and it hurts for days afterwards.
But I do take care of my teeth.
Secondly, this is treated immediatly with metronidazole. Metronidazole, the antibiotic I was on for 2-3 weeks in pregnancy!! Considering how long it takes to develop this problem, this badly, I don’t understand how this was not treated by 2-3 weeks of that drug!
Thirdly…well thirdly is explained by this, Pregnancy and Gum disease . Periodonitis, especially as bad as mine is is a cause of preterm labour and low birth weight infants, because the bacteria in the blood stream released a hormone that can cause the uterus to contract. I know that it probably wasn’t this that caused the problem, but it doesn’t stop the whirlwind of emotions, the huge swirling vortex of guilt.
They are going to do a scale and root planing next Tuesday.
Because of the release of bacteria, it may not be safe in pregnancy. I wont know whether I’m pregnant until next Thursday. If I don’t do this the risks are high anyway, but…I’m guessing they wont do it if I could be pregnant, they refused me any treatment last time, because I was in the two week wait.
Forthly, I’m just plain angry. How often has this been missed by dentists? What about these “flares” could they be related? Could my illness be related to this chronic inflammation and low grade infection in my body? I always said I thought it was inflammatory and an infection. I always felt better on antibiotics, especially on my flagyl while pregnant. And when I stopped taking it…I went into labour! What if the whole sorry mess could have been prevented?
I know I’m probably reading too much into this. But I could have lost all my teeth if my dentist hadn’t been on holiday, and it’s irreversible! Such incompetence! I know the dentist I saw underplayed it, but I mean how do I go back there knowing they missed this and actually told me that I had good oral health?
I know gum disease can happen in pregnancy, but it takes a long time to develop this, not just a few months. And not normally in someone as young as me!
I find that it’s hard to getting getting back up, when you’re constantly being kicked to the ground.