May 30, 2013 - 8:11 pm
Thanks Pat, John, "T", Matt, and Tom for your thoughts and comments. I went to the dentist today, and need to update the info.
I jumped to conclusions based on my fatalism, and misdiagnosed my condition. Though 4 years past treatment, and after following no respectable flouride regimen, my teeth are in good shape according to a very nice dentist in Foley, Alabama. I get used to lurching toward worst case scenarios, to steel myself, etc. But I need to pass on the real case so it might be of some use.
Being more or less transient in the last year, I simply neglected to have my normal 3 cleanings done. I've always built up plaque fast. It's been over thirty years since I went that long. So, low level periodontal inflamation and infection was the result. My gums began to pull away from the bone in neat line thus creating a thin ditch between the top of my teeth and the gum. Not having seen this, I figured it was the radiation taking a last whack. I'm sure there's a lesson there.
So, the trial resulting from less than active flouridation continues, but not really. I've been given a fouride rinse. The same sort you might be given to use after a cleaning as I rinse, then don't spit out at bedtime. I'll be using it. The dentist says there's no evidence of enamel loss at this time.
So I won't be looking for dentures quite yet, and as I said, my new advice is still to use a flouride treatment.
As for hitting or otherwise encountering things while sitting relatively still in an RV, it's easy to do. It's easy to manage when careening at speeds in excess of 50mpg. Your focus is totally focussed. Idling, running in neutral on an imperceptible decline, or otherwise embracing a false sense of security at no speed is what sends the fiberglass flying.
"T", your assignment of "glossing over" concerning the general medical attitude toward teeth is sometimes, unfortunately, correct. Your docs are more concerned with immediate problems. Like you, my team had little to nothing to say about it. I picked up my knowledge of it, like a lot of things, from this board.