Dental Distractions

| November 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

As if the events of last week weren’t gut-wrenching enough, today I had to undergo a root planing and scaling. About six weeks ago, I suddenly started experiencing pain in my gums and teeth which turned out to be early stages of gum disease. Very frustrating since I have always been meticulous about brushing after every meal, using an oral rinse, drinking mostly water (I banned sugary drinks and sodas from my diet years ago) — save for my morning coffee — and avoiding sweets as much as possible. Ok, I wasn’t always a stalwart about flossing, which I absolutely hate but after today’s experience that’ll be changing.

Although the hygienist Naomi was absolutely superb, the procedure itself was daunting, even for a typically stoic patient like me. Funny, I endured horrific pain for six long weeks while using home remedies to keep any infection in check until I could see a professional, yet struggled to avoid a panic attack over having my entire mouth and tongue completely numbed. I interrupted her a few times to take a break from the intensity and at one point requested that the chair be moved to as upright a position as possible since for whatever reason, I couldn’t tolerate lying flat. She graciously obliged my request, which made the duration of the procedure much more bearable.

It doesn’t help that I have a small mouth, which made taking the x-rays the other day also very challenging; somehow a fully numbed, small mouth made the root planing and scaling even tougher.

Thankfully, I got to a dentist in time to avert disaster and was assured that as long as I keep up a good routine at home (which must include flossing) and had regular professional cleanings every 3-6 months, I should be fine. Thank God.

And thanks to Regency Court Dentistry for being so professional and competent.

Oh and here’s a little tutorial in case you didn’t know how to properly care for your teeth:

Wishing you a beautiful, healthy smile!

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About Daria: Daria DiGiovanni is an accomplished writer, author, blogger, internet radio host and social media professional. She released her first novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in 2008 and is currently at work on a sequel, Sea To Shining Sea. In addition to her blog, she contributes content to a variety of sites, ghostwrites books, provides training on social media platforms, manages social media accounts for individuals and businesses and hosts various internet radio programs, including Writestream Tuesday, and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss. Daria launched the Writestream Radio Network in March of 2013. Rejoicing in the flow of creativity, the network features hosts Lisa Tarves (Just Believe and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss), John D. Gresham (Military Monday), Dr. Billie Eizenberg and Attorney Sheena Benjamin-Wise (Family Power Hour), and Kristyn Fetterman (Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss). In November of 2013 she released Reflections on the Ring, a book she authored for Lori Colombo-Dunham and looks forward to the release of Steps To Salvation, a book she's currently writing for client Shlomo Attia. View author profile.

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