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RA and the Dentist’s Chair

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

So, I need quite a bit of dental work. Shame on me for not taking better care of my teeth. I have gone years without seeing a dentist, and now I regret it. I’ve already had a cavity filled, and Tuesday I had the first part of a 3 part root canal done. Now, how does this relate to having RA? Well, even after having an oral surgeon rip the nerves of my tooth out, I still did not feel the pain of the procedure. I did (and still do), however, have a horrible pain in my jaw. I haven’t been able to open my mouth very wide or take large bits of food without wincing in pain. This happened when I got the cavity filled as well.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I believe that my RA is a contributing factor to the jaw pain. Both the dentist and the oral surgeon had to keep asking me to open my mouth wider. The pain in my jaw was worse than the pain from the procedures being done. I would try to give my jaw a rest as the dentist switched tools, but even that wasn’t very helpful. So, does anyone out there have some advice as to what I can do to help the discomfort? I still have one more visit with the oral surgeon to complete the root canal, and one more visit with my regular dentist to put a cap on my tooth. Leave me some comments!

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Toothaches and Turmeric

So while this may not necessarily be a post about RA, I feel that it might be beneficial to everyone. I have had the absolute worst toothache for the past month. When I went to the dentist I was told to prepare for root canal, cavity filling, and wisdom tooth extraction (he was also trying to subtly hint that a tooth whitening procedure would be beneficial as well). That’s all fine and dandy, but this work is going to happen over the span of two or three months! I’m in pain now! I’m also in shock, because I’ve always taken great care of my teeth. I guess this is what happens when you don’t go to the dentist as much as you should.

Anyway, when I eat anything hot or cold, my teeth hurt. When I eat anything chewy, my teeth hurt, which absolutely sucks because I need to chew gum to stay awake in some of my classes. When I wake up in the morning, my teeth hurt. Tylenol wasn’t really helping, and I couldn’t take Aleve for fear of overdosing (I take prescription Celebrex, which is an NSAID/sister drug to Aleve). However, I noticed that the pain was not as bad when I took my Celebrex regularly. I only have to take is as needed, but this cold weather has been making my joints stiff.

And that’s when it hit me: turmeric! No, I haven’t completely lost my mind. My logic was this- if  an anti-inflammatory like Celebrex is helping with the pain, then my tooth pain must be mainly from inflammation. I don’t know if this inflammation was due to my messed up teeth or a flare, or if one was influencing the other. All I know is that I prefer natural remedies whenever possible. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory/antibiotic, so why not give it a try? So, I got a bottle of the stuff out of the spice cabinet (we have quite a few bottles, since that was my go to herb when I was sick for an entire month) and poured some in a dish. I slowly added drops of water to make it into a thick paste. Then I took a q-tip and used it as a brush to put the paste on my teeth. You can use your fingers too, but turmeric tends to turn your skin yellow.

I’ll admit that for someone who does not particularly like the taste of turmeric or is new to it, it takes some getting used to. I know that some people like to use clove oil on their teeth instead, but turmeric is just more accessible for me and can be found in pretty much any grocery store. Anyway, I had instant Orajel! You have to keep applying depending on how much you salivate, but it beats the throbbing pain of a toothache.

This won’t be my last post on this miracle spice. I’m thinking in my next post, I will talk about the natural, non-prescription things that help me deal with the pain. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week!


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