Wow. It has been a long time since I've posted here. I'm gone but hopefully not forgotten
My pouch turned 15 years old this year, and my daughter (who is now 18 and in college) had her 10 year pouch birthday this year. Both of us are doing well.
So a few years back I finally went to the dentist for the first time in a long time (10+ years). I got a decent report - no cavities or issues, except some mild periodontal issues. So I went to the periodontist a couple times in a six-month period, and my teeth and gums have never been cleaner. Two changes I made:
- I started flossing every other day (as opposed to 1-2 times a week)
- I got a spin brush and started using it. My periodontist said to buy the $75-$100 version, not cheaper, and not more expensive
Since that time a few years back, I no longer go through cycles of issues with my j-pouch. For years I could go months without issues, then would hit a point where the frequency and consistency became an issue. I would usually have to down an antibiotic to "reset" things, and would then be good again for a period of months. It was an annoying cycle. I told my CR surgeon (who checks my pouch every couple years) and she was somewhat intrigued. The change makes sense to me - because gut bacteria issues can certainly start in our mouths. That's my hypothesis anyway. So... get and keep your teeth and gums clean and see if it makes a difference for you!
Okay - second topic.... My wife said I should post it. How many of you find you have stupid bathroom dreams in the night - when you have to go? I have them frequently and it's always the same theme: in my dream, I try to find a bathroom. Most of them are occupied, or for some reason I can't find one that I like. I usually end up finding one, but it's almost always a weird bathroom & toilet. And there are usually people around when I go (although it doesn't seem to bother me in the dream). Eventually I wake up, of course, and realize I have to go. But this is so annoying!