So here I am again. Writing. Thank the good Lord.
Anyway, have we ever talked about teeth on this blog? I thought about it because I went to the dentist yesterday. I go for a six month cleaning and have built quite a relationship with my dental hygienist and dentist. "Just saw your parents in here the other day" isn't a strange sentence to hear.
Anyhoo, just to recap, I've had dentists, a periodontist and an orthodontist in my life. I've had a lot of work on my mouth. When I was in eighth grade, I had to have periodontal (on my gums) surgery. Yeah, it was gross. Then I had to have all these cleanings and things; always hearing the same old phrase, "Because you're diabetic..." PERSON WITH DIABETES, thank you very much.
Yes, I know. Because I have diabetes, it can affect my teeth, my gums, cause recession and who knows what. At this point, it might just be easier to have dentures. But no, no, I like my teeth. I keep them in shape in case anything drastic should happen, it can easily be fixed. I know, grim mindset to have, but it's always in the back of my head.
When I had the scare with my sight the last time, I made sure to take extra precautions with everything in my life. I mean, I have to remind myself repeatedly no matter how many ways I display that I’m in good health. I still have times that I want to throw my glucose meter against the wall or rip my pump off for “not doing its job” or so I feel. But we all know a variety of things affect the blood sugar. Stress, grease, oil, sugar, coffee, happiness, exercise, sadness and the list goes on and on.
Currently, I’m eating a cheeseburger and tater tots. C’mon, let me live a little. That’s what I say when people try to tell me I shouldn’t be eating it. Whatever. I self manage my insulin since my pancreas gave up on me. As long as I know what I’m doing, I’m fine. I think.
Anyway, back to teeth. So, I like my teeth and I don’t want to lose them. Of course, they don’t tell me anything different than they would tell some person that didn’t have diabetes. They tell me to floss, brush and use a water pick. Ew. But yes, I’m sure your doctor told you that too. Do it. I’m sure that if I’m susceptible to losing my teeth or gingivitis, so are you.
But you know, one of the things I won’t get tired of hearing is, “Your teeth look beautiful.” Just like I won’t get tired of hearing that I’m healthy. But one thing I can’t get tired of hearing is “Because you’re diabetic…” I mean, there are things that yes, can affect me more, but as long as I do the same thing other people do, as long as I take care of myself, I should be fine, right?
That’s always the question, but I always wonder about the outcome.