|Another great Health Union illustration|
Readers said they could relate to losing teeth and spending money. Clearly I am not alone.
I started out by expressing my dread when a tooth chipped not long ago. I wrote,
I don’t have much dental real estate to spare. I have lost 12 teeth, one by one or two at a time. It’s possible that my dentist might be able to repair the tooth. But the teeth I lost were so fragile they could not be repaired when they became decayed and either cracked, chipped or even crumbled. When I felt that I was chewing on something that should not be there, and when I spit the tiny piece of tooth into my hand, I thought, “Oh no, not again.”
I ended up losing the tooth and needing another bridge.
I don't have dental insurance. The plan available to me was terrible. In general, dental insurance stinks.
I explained, "Chemotherapy causes dry mouth, which is bad for dental health since saliva helps prevent tooth decay."
Also, a compromised immune system during chemotherapy opens the door for bacteria to have a field day on your teeth.
After I wrote the above part of this post, I was eating a salad and felt something sharp in my mouth. I spit the jagged piece out. It looked like a piece of a tooth. But I couldn't figure out where it came from. I went to look in the mirror. It looked like I had a piece of food lodged between my two front teeth. I looked closer. What I thought was food was actually a HOLE where part of my tooth had been. I'm afraid I'm going to lose the tooth. It is in the worst place.
This happened yesterday. I got a dentist for two days later. Today I called to see if they had a cancellation. I had a toothache. They couldn't fit me in. I'm going tomorrow.
Today I forgot my troubles during some good doubles at the Bay Road Tennis Club.
Somehow or other, though, I whacked my left arm with my racquet. Must have been a misguided follow through.
A big purple bruise appeared almost immediately. Either I'm very strong or I have very thin skin. At least my partner and I won 6-0. The other two wanted a (fun) grudge match. We ran out of time at 4-4. I didn't want to go out in the pouring rain, so I sat around for a while and watched a Pickleball game.