I remember Judy Geeson (who played Caroline Penvenen in the second series of Poldark) once asking me how long I took cleaning my teeth!
Such a question! It must have been nerves–anxiety provokes strange conversations.
We were standing around waiting to record a scene at the BBC’s Studios in Birmingham, in 1977.
She was shocked when I told her it usually took me about 20 seconds and that I once had to have 22 fillings after not seeing the dentist for 3 years.
“You must spend at least 3 minutes and floss every time, beforehand.” she told me sternly.
Duly admonished I have followed her advice ever since.
This exchange came to mind when Meredith sent me the link to a website that describes in detail what can happen to a diabetic’s teeth when glucose levels are unchecked.
It also has useful tips about how to keep your mouth healthy:
People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).
By controlling your blood glucose, brushing and flossing every day, and visiting a dentist regularly, you can help prevent periodontal disease.
I brush and floss three times a day.
(We quickly got our teeth into the scene!)