Oral Health

I'm overall feeling better and I've spent a lot of years figuring out how to not make an inadvertent ass of myself online, plus figuring out how to cope when other people act like butts even though I've done nothing wrong.

So I think it's time for me to just start writing, both here and elsewhere, and see where it goes. Hopefully, I will start getting audience engagement and that will begin to inform my writing and constructively shape the direction of my various blogs.

I have a long history of serious oral health problems. This started when I was four years old.

I had a perfect checkup with no cavities around the time I turned four in June. That fall, maybe around September or October, I had double pneumonia and was very sick and also threw up a lot, I guess.

At my next six-month dental checkup, probably in December, I had thirteen cavities. They pulled one tooth and put in a metal spacer. They also capped one or more bad teeth and then filled the rest.

With a mouth full of metals and what not, the chemistry of my mouth was permanently changed. After that, I had at least one cavity at probably every checkup until they finally sealed my teeth (with probably some kind of plastic coating) when I was sixteen.

These days, I don't even manage to brush teeth every day, yet my oral health is far better than it has ever been. I'm missing a lot of teeth that used to have large fillings and/or crowns, so there is a lot less metal in my mouth these days.

For that and other reasons, the chemistry of my mouth has changed for the better.

My son was telling me recently that high acidity -- a thing people with CF are very prone to and which metal in water also causes -- promotes cavities. It always gets blamed on sugar and bacteria, but I'm seeing less decay these days and I tolerate sugar better than I used to because my blood sugar is more stable, so I tend to eat more sweets.

Although, yes, I carry a lot less infection generally, I think the primary difference is that I'm a lot less acid than I used to be overall. Plus my mouth in specific is a lot less acid, in part because I had so many teeth with large cavities and/or crowns simply removed in my thirties.

I'm missing like nine or ten teeth, or roughly a third of my teeth. My wisdom teeth were pulled in my twenties and multiple large molars have been removed over the years, plus one has basically disintegrated over the past two years and is nothing but roots these days.

My son also talked about the fact that he read recently that high acidity in the mouth promotes plaque in the mouth and that the bacteria (or something?) involved in plaque can cross the blood-brain barrier. This is significant because it means there is a direct connection between oral health and mental functioning.

In my teens or twenties, I owned a number of books about the psychic Edgar Cayce. He did psychic readings twice a day for years and he was often consulted for unresolvable health issues.

In fact, our modern practice of using metal screws and the like to mend bones came out of his readings. He suggested that for a broken bone that wasn't mending, they could just screw it together to help it mend. It worked.

They took notes for his readings and some organization (probably this one) spent years combing through them after his death and putting together books on various themes.

In one reading, someone came to him because their daughter was in an insane asylum and seemed completely unreachable. He told them "Her wisdom teeth need to come out." The wisdom teeth were removed and she was suddenly no longer crazy and she was released from the asylum.

So I already know of historic evidence of a direct connection between oral health and mental function or mental health. I often cannot think well enough to write when I am having issues in my mouth.

These days, I have a lot less pain in my mouth and I think I am ready to just begin writing. This is probably not "mere coincidence."