Ronni Bennett has done it again. I often get blogging ideas from reading her blog, Time Goes By. I found her post An Elder Bites The Apple fascinating. If you're interested in dental implants, or know anyone who is, I urge you to read her post.
I still have my teeth, they're old, battered, and discolored but they're hanging in there. My dentist tells me he thinks they will see me through to the end. After reading Ronni's post I started thinking about dental care. I'm a twice a year for a cleaning person. Never really put out a lot of effort taking care of my teeth until the hygienist expressed displeasure at the job I was doing.
I begin turning to a pumpkin about 4:00 p.m. By 6:00 p.m. the transformation is complete and whatever I didn't get done before that time is not likely to happen. That includes flossing. I did manage to do a hit or miss job of brushing but often passed on flossing.
Visiting with my dentist I learned a thing or two. Flossing doesn't have to be done before bedtime. Nothing is written that you have to use toothpaste when you brush your teeth, water works. You just need to get the plaque off your teeth some time every day.
With that in mind I set about finding a more workable solution for me. I now floss in the mornings sitting in my chair reading my iPad. Nothing says you have to floss at the bathroom sink. I read, floss and use soft picks on my teeth before taking my shower.
Imagine my surprise the next time I went in to get my teeth cleaned and the hygienist and dentist were over the moon with praise for how much my gum situation had improved. Yea for me!
My mouth is very sensitive to toothpaste containing mouthwash and whiteners. I found this Pepsodent for 97 cents on the bottom shelf where they display toothpaste. You have to look for it because they make more money on the brands with whiteners and mouthwash. That's okay, for 97 cents I'll gladly stoop to the bottom shelf. I use whatever dental floss I have on hand but do like the G.U.M. brand soft picks.
Now I need to preach a little. It really annoys me the healthcare industry does not include dental. It seems to me dentists are free to do as they please and to charge as much as they want for it. I don't see much regulation going on.
Dental insurance is woefully inadequate. Elder Americans are often unable to afford the care they need. I do believe the condition of your teeth and mouth affects your overall health. I want to see a better system for dental care in this country.
We are not supporters of Donald Trump. Nevertheless I could not resist this shirt I found in Bob's size in a Goodwill store.
This could be awkward for Mr Trump as it seems his menswear line of clothing is made in Mexico.