What should have been a routine trip to the dentist, turned out to be much more. I have written journals about my on-going problems around Cerebral Palsy, including reflux which I have had since the age of 28, brought about by being premature, a twin and child birth. Having Cerebral Palsy doesn’t help.
I believe I have Gastro-oesophageal Reflux disease, which affects the muscle connecting the Oesophagus to the stomach. When the Oesophageal sphincter is weak, it allows food and stomach acid to flow back up into the Oesophagus. In someone with normal digestion, food passes into the stomach and then the stomach prevents the acid from passing back into the Oesophagus.
Apparently there are many reasons why we would have this, but for me it’s a combination of everything that I deal with. What bothers me is that since the age of 28, not only have I been dealing with this particular problem, I have also been dealing with incompetent dentists who have been telling me my teeth “are the best in England” and yet my visit to the dentist doesn’t reflect that.
I tend to ask questions about my oral health whilst I’m in the chair and although the questions aren’t anything a Dentist should get cross with, they seem to think that if you are asking questions, they’re either not doing their job properly, or you have a problem with something they’re doing or something they’ve said.
Can’t it be that I just want to know, so I know what I’m dealing with. Because I have struggled for so many years, it’s important I know and have that information to hand. It’s how I have to roll.