Sorry for the non chrismassy post...
I've just returned from my 4th dentist appointment in a month. Im feeling exchausted after this last one. My body was so damn tense, and as usual, I did not numb up as they expected so I felt more than I would have liked. I'm feeling mentally drained too. I put so much thought into whats best for my body. I chose a holistic dentist, I chose to get a root canal removed and I thought getting these extra fillings they found was a good idea, getting my teeth back on track and finally move on from the dentist. But, today, he showed me my xrays and explained that some of the holes I have, are less than a year old. I wanted to cry. I'd totally understand if it was from my childhood or bad teenage years, but Ive made such an effort in the way I care for my health and my oral health over the past couple of years. Im blogging this, as the internet does not help when it comes to what I should do, but instead, your opinions, experience and perhaps, things you've been taught might help me. My dentist said there is one solution, NO MORE SUGAR. I felt like screaming, as Ive cut out sugar so much. We dont even have it in the house. No juice, no dried fruit, I dont drink soft drinks. We dont have sauces or jams and sweet foods I make completely from scratch with rice malt syrup, which I thought was safe for teeth. I do have fresh fruit, but I have one or maybe sometimes two pieces a day.
Ok, so some truth, I do eat sugar sometimes. Often when we meet with friends for dinner I will have some dessert, or with family, or the odd tea and cake date out, but I dont think I eat more than anyone else. I know I eat far less. The way my teeth are NOT coping with the little sugar I have is concerning me. Im also confused about the fact that the dentist suggested buying a slurpie (icy sweet drink) to help with the inflammed gums....hold on, I thought I can't have sugar!!!???
More truth, we dont use flouride toothpaste and we drink filtered water. Our choice for our famiy. But I am aware, that flouride is fantastic for teeth, and this is where I am torn. Eat sugar, flouride will combat it. Dont use flouride, then ditch sugar. Both options are hard and Im needing help.
I take full responsibility for this, but surley Im not alone. Am I the only one with so many teeth issues?? What do you do? Do you eat sugar? Have you cut down on sugar? Why? What advice does your dentist give you. Do you go to the dentist?
I don't really know the point in this post other than I'd love a bit of a discussion. Are dentists just there to take my money filling every cavity even if its not a concern (probably not, as him telling me to ditch sugar is a big deal for all the companies out there serving me sugar)? Is sugar terrible for teeth? How does flouride make all the difference and what did people do before flouride was put in water and toothpaste? Gah, I feel like the teeth I have at the moment deserve to be with a 70 old sugarholic, not a 26 year old woman who thought she was doing ok and is tired from researching only to find Ive got to return to the dentist 2 two more times and stop consuming the one thing I hardly consume anyway. Does this mean everyone around me who eats as much or more sugar than me is a ticking time bomb for teeth misery, or is the flouride giving you permission to eat it and for it to not do any harm? Or do my teeth deal with food differently to yours? I feel this is going to be a never ending battle.
If you have nothing to say, and are as confused as me...I understand!!!
The images above are of a display at Federation Square. Everything is piped with buttercream icing. The carpets, food, cushions, blankets, pictures, flowers. All but the furniture. It smelt incredibly sweet and delicious..of course!!