17 February 2018

F slept through last night – and so did I! I woke briefly at 2:30am, but otherwise a peaceful night all round. First night in a couple of weeks that she hasn’t screamed, cried, or talked to me in the middle of the night.

Does anyone else suffer from Raynaud’s? I’ve had it for years in my hands and (rarely, if they are ever exposed in the cold), my feet. I finally managed to snap a pic today, as the only place I ever seem to get it is driving the car:

By the time I got to a place I could stop it was wearing off, but you can still see the total failure of blood circulation. It’s like temporary frostbite.

And I think I must be dehydrated – my fingers look like I just got out of the bath.

Teeth and Gums

I went to the dentist today for a hygienist appointment. I have been TOTALLY COMMITTED to an extensive daily oral hygiene since I was told I had gum disease a few weeks back. I have been brushing, interdental brushing, flossing and mouthwashing.

I felt so pleased with myself for sticking to it, and I swanned in expecting them to congratulate me on my super-clean and healthy mouth.

When the hygienist looked in my mouth she said:

Well, I am very surprised by that!

[No response from me: my mouth was open and she had her mirror and fingers in there]

Very surprised. Yes, I really am surprised.


I usually have a good idea what to expect when I finally take a look in someone’s mouth.


But you really have got a lot of tartar there!

Can you believe that? My happy optimism about how clean my mouth was fell through the dentists chair and crashed onto the floor with a thud. She said she would not be able to tell that it was only four months since I last saw a hygienist. It basically looked as if I wasn’t bothering to brush my teeth on the insides at all.

So I’ve come away determined to cut down on the sugary food and to pay yet more attention to my brushing style.

I also have quite bad receding gums on some of my molars. I’ll try and snap a pic. It’s really horrible.

6 thoughts on “17 February 2018”

  1. So glad you guys got some sleep!! I’ve never seen that before on your fingers. Does it hurt or tingle or anything? Is there anything you can do to help with it? So sorry about your teeth! I had a horrible dental experience when I was 18, my parents had never taken me to the dentist before that. Then I was afraid to go again, until I was like 23 or 24 I think. Now I actually enjoy going. I try to be good about flossing, but I’m just not. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite me (no pun intended) in the future. :-/

  2. I’m seeing a periodontist here for gum disease just now too. They said mouthwash does nothing so don’t bother. Did they show you how you should brush? When she did a sample of how I should brush she actually pushed quite firmly and had the brush on an angle going down into the gums. Apparently if you aren’t pushing firmly enough you are basically just polishing plaque. I also was given a brush with a small round head to get behind my teeth and up behind my molars. The specialist gave me a big long rundown on it all which I found really interesting. He basically said about 30% of people are genetically predisposed to it and that it is basically an intolerance to plaque which causes an inflammatory response. Certain things hasten it (pregnancy and smoking being the big two) but essentially someone else not predisposed with my exact same oral hygiene routine will be totally fine. I’m a bit like that for cavities – didn’t have a filling until 34 and only have two but my gums have never been great. They also said it is quite common to need frequent cleans because of the condition. So where someone without it might only need a clean once per year, someone with gum disease will need multiple per year – maybe even 4 depending where you are at. Anyway they may have told you all that but no one has even told me before and people have been banging on st me about my gums for years so I thought I might pass it all on in case it’s helpful. I have to go back and have a deep clean – half a mouth at a time with Valium. I’m a nervous dental attendee and even had an argument with that periodontist the other day because of it (LOL) so thankfully he gave me all that great info before we fell out haha

  3. Oh my goodness. Have you had the deep clean yet? I’d be nervous of that also! I was told similar stuff – exactly the same about not paying enough attention at the back around my last molar on each side, and I am apparently the kind of person that needs 4 oral hygiene visits a year. I have been EVEN MORE meticulous, if that’s possible, since going in. They also told me I scrub too hard, so I have to ease off on that as I am damaging my gums on the outer side. I’m getting braces (Invisalign) tomorrow, hence all the attention. It’s been a long time coming. About to write a post up now. I am excited and nervous 🙂 I just hope all my teeth don’t fall out in the meantime.

  4. I have Raynaud’s in my hands. Like you, it has always happened most often while driving. For the past five or six months I’ve been taking evening primrose oil because I thought it might be helpful for a skin problem I’m having. I don’t know it it’s just a coincidence, but I’ve had only a few incidents of numbness this winter, much fewer than usual.

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