Do you gag when you’re brushing?

Ok, this seems to be too much information for most people apparently, but if brushing your teeth, a vital part of your healthcare, makes you gag or vomit its a serious issue.

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So, this photo freaked everyone out because when I updated my bathroom, I added a toothbrush and toothpaste holder to my shower. My son brushed his teeth for years in the shower and I thought it strange, until I reached my stopping point at puking or gagging each morning when I brushed my teeth.
I could brush my teeth numerous other times during the day, but that first one in the morning was bad! Ugh!
Is it unhygienic? You leave your toothbrush by the sink where you wash your hands every time you use the restroom. In the shower, I’m the cleanest I am any time of day.
One of the most uncomfortable feelings you can experience is involuntary gagging. Unchecked, it can leave your throat raw and sore, and give you a painful case of laryngitis. Your voice may actually change from the acidity of the stomach acids.
The first thing you absolutely have to do is…
Relax. The gag reflex is triggered by a combination of psychology and physiology. For some people, the psychological aspect will play a larger role. Maybe you’ve had a traumatizing experience at a doctor or dentist’s office in the past, or in general, you have a fear of losing control.
Sometimes stimulating the area with your toothbrush can desensitize the gag reflex. 1/3rd of the population have no gag reflex and roughly 1/8th have an over active reflex
Tips at the dentist:
Music-ear buds drown out the drill sound and help you focus
Legs elevated- keeps the blood flow to your brain. Also keeps you from becoming shocky during long procedures.
Sun glasses-prevents the glare from the lights above.
Blanket-my must have!! As well as nitrous oxide. It’s comforting and also prevents shock or chill.
Last but not least, get the nitrous oxide. It costs more but if you have the issues I have, it’s worth every penny.
Use a private dentist, not a chain group, and tell them your issues. A good dentist and hygienist will appreciate your candidness.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

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I should refer here to a blog posted July 6, that said I wouldn’t promote anyone but my dentist rocks! Dr. Verni Waldron of Waldron Family Dentistry. Here’s to 18 years of friendship.

** footnote: I also have a toothbrush in a holder by my sink for the rest of day!

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Changing a life

So after a wonderful week at the beach, I have to question myself about my lifestyle. I don’t generally live like a vacation everyday but a few would argue that point!
I over indulged quite a bit, but fighting waves and walking through sand is exercise, right? Plus, we washed 25 loads of laundry in a week!
Well, the scale will tell tomorrow!

So, what will I do?
I’ll go back to tracking my calories and I’m determined to add more and different workouts into my day. I love kayaking and walking through the woods and haven’t done nearly enough of that this summer. Also, swimming and diving will be high on my list.

I’m also working on beating some demons. I need to be a better example to my children.
I smoked throughout college, but quit when I became pregnant with my first child, 19 years ago.
I picked up the habit again about 4 years ago, ironically, driving to and from yoga training 2 hours away. I don’t know why I started again, but what do addicts do other than abuse their bodies and I say no more!
Am I scared of gaining weight and withdrawal? Hell yes! But there comes a time when you have to live what you preach and preach what you live!

Wish me luck! I’ve been brutally honest here and it will surprise and shock some people. Some not so much. So hey, I like to write and if it touches you in some way, wonderful! If not, don’t follow me!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste

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Pharmaceutical companies

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I am speaking only from experience and study. This is simply a place for me to share and answer questions based on your needs. I am, literally, your neighborhood pharmacist.
Any information I provide will retain patient confidentially as required by me by HIPPA standards.
No names will ever be used other than my own.