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A Trip to the Dentist
Monday, October 15, 2007
My husband's tooth filling has been scraped thin causing him frequent toothaches every meal time, making us to head to the dentist over the weekend. It was a long procedure as several of his teeth needed refilling.

It was Ralph's turn after his dad. His time was just short as the dentist said that his teeth are very clean. She advised him to eat more chocolates and candies so that she will have something to clean on the next visit. Ralph loved the advice as he loves sweets very much! Its just that he also loves taking care of his teeth that's why, no cavities!

When it was Raymund's turn, the dentist was shocked with the many cavities she saw, when in fact she just cleaned him 6 months ago. It took her quite a time cleaning him. Maybe because he's in school in most times that he is able to brush his teeth on mornings and evenings only. I'll have bring a toothbrush for him to use in school.

I only had Php 6000 with me that time. It all went to my husband's and sons' dental cleaning and refilling. When I told my dentist that I'll just be back for my dental cleaning, she said that she'll just do it for me FREE of charge. Wow, I did not hesitate. That will be another Php300 if I do. Hence, we all went home with sparkling clean teeth :)

I read from one fliers inside the dental clinic that eating hard food like meat, peanuts, chicharon, or any spicy foods, together with drinking acidic drinks makes one a candidate for sensitive teeth, the condition which makes you feel a shooting pain every time you eat, and whenever you drink cold or hot. Oh, but I love peanuts and chicharon, hahaha.

My dentist also saw gum recession in me. She said it is the effect of improper way of brushing: either too much pressure or using toothbrush with hard bristles. I say it is due to too much pressure as my toothbrush is expensive :) (just kidding)

I learned something during our visit to the dentist. To let pain a distance AWAY:
1. Take care when biting into hard food.
2. Brush your teeth gently.
3. Buy expensive toothbrush because they are the ones with soft bristles.
4. Lessen intake of spicy foods and acidic drinks (I'm not guilty with this!).

Follow these advises and you will be able to stop hurting your teeth and gums.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 3:14 PM  
4 Comments:
  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger Em Dy said…

    I remember this incident which happened when I was in residency training. We had a suspected kidney stone case in the ER and so we called the urology resident on duty. He came in, talked to me but was covering his mouth the whole time. When I asked him why, he told me that he broke his tooth eating banana cue. Hence, the cover up. Both of us were overweight so we ended up laughing about tooth problems caused by eating too much.

    But then again, it really isn't funny having dental problems.

     
  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Mixednuts said…

    I make sure my kids see their dentist every 6 months. If we had pedia dentist during my time I probably won't have a lot of silver fillings on my teeth now--haha

     
  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger raqgold said…

    you are right, visiting the dentist should be done regularly. sarap naman ng freebies :D

     
  • At 5:11 AM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Very true, Em Dy, Can't even enjoy food :(

    Same here, mixednuts. I used to frequent the dentist when I was young either for tooth extraction or filling.

    Hi, Raq. Thanks for the visit!

     
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