Monday, 28 July 2008

Gums..

So the party was a great success, a good time was had by all and the breakages/tears were down to a minimum... Finally got everything cleared up and now am settling into having a nice relaxed summer..

I E-mailed my tutor who told me the people who I'll need to be in touch with next year about surgery etc. She specified that once I know the date they'll be better-placed to advise me about exams etc. So I can see this going round in circles a bit. Still, she was very reassuring saying that every year lots of students get sick etc and they find ways to overcome it. Hmm. I guess I'll just have to wait until next term now, to see what the clinical tutors have to say, and what my ortho has to say at my appointment next month.

The last couple of weeks have been hell on my poor gums. No matter how much I brush and mouthwash the gums lining my bottom right teeth have been a complete state and look as though they are rotting, and bleed all the time. Perhaps I've not been eating enough fruit. So I reached the end of my tether today and ordered a WaterPik seeing as some of you fab blogfolk love them so much. I just want my mouth to stop tasting so foul 10 minutes after I've brushed. So will let you know how it goes when it arrives!

Otherwise all pretty quiet on the orthodontic front. I don't think there's a whole lot of movement left, so my teeth are pretty much in the position they're gonna be for a while now. I'll take some pics soon and put them up.

3 comments:

chinderella said...

Oh, I hope the waterpik will change your life. It should do! I don't think I would have survived braces without it. Surprised your ortho didn't bully you into buying one!

mylene

stephanie said...

Let us know about the waterpik, especially with how your gums do with it... My gums have been freaking out for months now with no reason, and I've been thinking about buying one :)

Kiwikaren said...

Sorry your gums have been annoying. Be careful not to blast them with the waterpik, instead gentle massaging should help them loads more.

Warm salt water rinses are great for the mouth (and throat). Put a small amount of salt (a pinch or 1/4 tsp) in some warm water and gargle two or three times, as often as you can. When your mouth (gums) are sore, rinsing with warm salt water 5+ times a day should help.

I've had braces for three years and there's no waterpiks in this country ... and my oral hygiene has been getting A1 reports at each six monthly check. I asked my hygienist about buying a waterpik from overseas, and she told me it was unnecessary ... same as my ortho.

I do correspond with people who love them though ... just remember to keep it on low pressure and don't use cold water if you have any sensitivity.

Good luck with getting your gums sorted!