Apr 15, 2014 - 11:10 am
Hello, Like many I haven't been active on the boards much since my fraternity initiation back in 2010. I do lurk every now and then; however like most of us I had a tough go with it emotionally moving on after treatment and my counselor and I came to the conclusion that maybe it would be best to take a break from the boards. So I did, life pretty much has gone back to normal, dating, working, about to complete a my masters, next month; eating what ever I want (minus wasabe) ;), back to enjoying good wine, etc. So far things have been pretty good health wise too (knock on wood), I will be 4 years June 29th.
I was 38 at the time of diagnosis and had pretty good teeth, so I opted to keep them and to see what happens. Being single and a cancer survivor was bad enough trying to date, I couldn't imagine trying to date with no teeth as well! Anyway, like everyone else, I brush with prevident 5000 flouride, use act flouride, floss, etc, don't drink soda or orange juice (unless with a straw), and I chew gum regularly preferably Trident extra care with recaldent.
So, so far so good with teeth, 4 years out (knock on wood); however that being said, I have hereditary Gingival Recession to my two front incisors and I was referred to a periodontist. They want to do a gingival resection. I know all about the risks and have read everyones posts on post dental care; when it comes to the teeth; however this just deals with tissue and not bone. I'm also thinking that since I used a (TOMO IMRT machine), radiation was mainly focused to the back right where the cancer was; so I'm thinking the right back teeth and mandible will be the future problem areas; but since this is the front it should be ok?
I am getting a second opion, but was just wondering if anyone out there has dealt with this specific issue. I am also aware of the possibility of pre and post hyberbaric treatments, along with prophylactic abx. I recall a post front rat face, who had a positive outcome, I will send a shout out to him, as well.
Anyway, in the end we are all different, and no case is the same. I wish everyone on here the best of luck and health; many prayers for strength to the newbies and a big shout out to General Skiffin, wishing him luck with his upcoming procedure; glad the results came back clean!!. :)
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” Souza