Can not going to the dentist make you sick?

I’ve never really had any severe dental problems and haven’t been to the dentist in about ten years.  I haven’t felt well for the last year.  My medical doctor has run every kind of test known to man (or at least known to him).  He’s found nothing.  I was talking to my sister about how frustrated and disillusioned this process has made me.  She told me that my problem could be dental.  Even if I had been feeling any tooth aches, which I haven’t, how would that affect how my body feels in general?

Paula D. – Orlando, FL

Paula,

You’ve been going through a difficult time. I’m sorry.  Anyone who has had a prolonged medical problem understands the helplessness that comes with that.  Your sister was right.  The state of your oral health can affect your entire body.

Your general feeling of slugishness or achiness could well come from needed dental care. Your immune system could be weakened as well.   It doesn’t have to be something obvious. It could be the beginning of gingivitis or a build up of plaque.

I would see a holistic dentist.  They lean toward treating your whole body, not just your teeth.  You’ll find you’ll have a much more open mind with a dentist that sees the coorelation between dental care and total body health.

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Chewed Gum with Invisalign

I have invisalign. I really like the treatment. In fact, sometimes I forget I’m wearing the aligners. This morning was like that. I accidentally popped a piece of gum in my mouth. Now it’s stuck to the aligners and I can’t get it off. I’m too embarrassed to go to my dentist.  Any advice?

Sara N. – Delaware

Sara,

Invisalign has a high patient satisfaction rate, so I’m not surprised you like them. You are not the first person to do this, so don’t be embarrassed. You will not be the first patient your doctor has seen to get gum stuck on their aligners.  Here are some things you can try.  One is likely to work.

First, try peanut butter. Rub peanut butter all over the gum. Let it sit there at least twenty minutes.  Then try brushing it.  The oil in the peanut butter should loosen things up enabling the gum to be brushed off.

If that fails, try freezing the gum in increments  If both of these fail, you may have to bite the bullet and see your dentist. Worse case scenario, your dentist can make you a new set of aligners.

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