A Personal Story: Stay Active or Keep Teeth? – Jeanette, Lebanon

Jeanette is 86 and lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She has no dental insurance, but she has supplements to her social security that make her able to afford to pay out-of-pocket. Jeanette has had a crown recently and gets cleanings every six months. She feels very fortunate that she still has most of her natural teeth and takes great pride in taking care of them.

 

Jeanette has osteoporosis, and one of the medications her doctor prescribed for her, Flomax, affected her teeth. Jeanette explains: “It softens your gums and your teeth fall out…. Three teeth fell [out] and [my dentist] had to dig the roots, and that wasn’t easy.” Jeanette’s dentist talked to her doctor, who didn’t want to take her off Flomax. The dentist explained that she was going to lose all her teeth if she stayed on the medication. Jeanette’s doctor said, “She’s got a choice between her teeth and being able to be active.” Her doctor finally relented and Jeanette now takes vitamin supplements to strengthen her bones.

 

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