Thing One and Thing Two

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Dr Chet Trivedy talks about his personal experiences with Sonicare and AirFloss

I am not the best person to remember dates, but there are two that have become firmly etched into my brain. The first is 15th February 2015 and the second is the 22nd of November 2017. The first of which was the date when I suffered a minor stroke out of the blue – and the second was the day I had to have root canal work on my upper right 5 and 6.

Having had no medical or dental issues whatsoever up to these dates meant that these events were a big shock to the system. Were they just random events or were they connected? Unbeknown to me, at the time of my stroke I also had undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

I was left with facial weakness, speech and some balance problems. The combination of diabetes and only chewing on one side meant that my oral hygiene took a massive hit from all sides. Over the next two years I became totally distracted from my oral health and it became a secondary concern.

As a dentist I should have known better, but what with learning how to control my sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol I neglected my oral health and paid the ultimate price. Early in November 2017 I woke up with a niggling toothache for the first time in my entire life. I feared the worst, was this the first grumbling sign of a new stroke?

However, my dentist confirmed perio-endo lesions on the upper right 5 6. The periodontal status wasn’t great around these teeth and guardedly we proceeded with endodontic treatment in November 2017.

To make matters worse I was due to fly to the jungle to work with my tiger charity for a few weeks, only a week after my endodontic procedure. I was heading for the middle of nowhere with only tigers for company? I ask you, what could go wrong?

Well thanks to my new friends “Thing One” and “Thing Two” it all went well. I’m still not out of the woods, speaking metaphorically, however, my perio has really improved and is starting to stabilise.

Thing One and Thing Two? Yes, at last year’s dental show, I invested in a Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean electronic toothbrush (Thing One) and a Philips Sonicare AirFloss device (Thing two). They had patiently sat in their boxes until my root canal procedure was completed, however I have to say they haven’t left my side since.

They were quite the stars during my jungle trip in India where my friends would comment on the "thing” I was using to clean my teeth. Since November 2017 I have been religiously using both twice a day, and have to say there has been a dramatic improvement which I can only attribute to these products.

Used with a good quality mouthwash I have noticed my perio and general oral health improve dramatically. Maybe there is a lesson here for us all – we spend so much time thinking about other people’s health we often forget about our own.

Just for the record I have no connections with either product or the company in any way but wanted to thank them for helping me maintain my teeth which I am adamant to keep for many years to come.

Author:

Dr Trivedy is dually qualified in dentistry and medicine and has over 10-years’ experience as a clinician and a researcher working in the field of head and neck cancer. He holds fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons as well as the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

He has a PhD in head and neck oncology and over 15 publications in this field. He is a trustee of the Oral Health Foundation. He has an interest in pre-hospital medicine, is the crowd doctor for the Kia Oval and has set up a charity that provides medical support to frontline staff in tiger reserves in India.