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How Long-Term Hospitalization Severely Impacted My Dental Health

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When my sister and I were children, my mother would put fluoride in our milk every morning, made sure we brushed our teeth twice a day, and took us for regular dental checkups and cleaning.

Throughout my teens and adulthood, I remained diligent about my dental health, and aside from rebuilding a broken front tooth and two years of braces, had no dental work whatsoever.

Not a single cavity in 40 years (which, apparently, is very unusual). But that all drastically changed in my 40s. In 2009, as a result of a rare neurological autoimmune illness, I was hospitalized and mostly bed-confined for 18 months.

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