...I have had a rough couple of days! All minor injuries that will be just fine but...but, enough now.
Today I broke a tooth. Actually two. Notice I said broken teeth and not cracked, there's a difference. I already have three cracked teeth in the back waiting for the day that my dentist will let me make payments on our co-pays, but that's another story. Today I bit into something and broke my two front teeth...right off! I didn't know that was even possible but here I am with a couple of snaggleteeth. (o.k., I was biting a small pill in half but c'mon)
It will be repaired tomorrow and bonded to look and act just like new and then I'll head over and have my Thyroid biopsies...the fun never ends here.
I do have a warning or a moral to this little snag-a-tooth-a-fyingness, and it's something you might want to talk to your dentist about.
I began taking Fosamax a few months ago. This is the magic pill that is supposed to keep you from getting hip fractures as we age.
from the Wiki:
ALENDRONATE (a LEN droe nate) slows calcium loss from bones. It helps to make normal healthy bone and to slow bone loss in people with Paget's disease and osteoporosis
it lists the most common side effects, the ones we hear with just about every medication prescribed. Only recently have I heard that some people report jaw pain. I was not having jaw pain but I have experienced three, now four, broken or cracked teeth while on it. I have since stopped taking it but was talking about all of this to my dentist today. He told me that this type of medication will pull Calcium from everywhere else in your body and deposit it in you hips. Thus lowering the chances of fracture. One of the most dense places of calcium is in our teeth, so this would be one of the first areas to show signs of calcium loss. Now it's a wait and see game as to whether or not I can rebuild that loss.
I do not, under any circumstances, want to deal with a broken hip...it is a leading cause of death in older women. But, I'm not willing to loose my teeth over the very small benefit that I might gain taking these meds. I will have to do some more research and let you know what I find. Meanwhile: