About four weeks ago, a new toothache sent me to see my dentist. X- rays revealed a large cavity--no surprise, as dental care tends to fall by the wayside in the acute phase of stroke recovery. So out the tooth came, and I was scheduled to return for a cleaning.
The appointment for a cleaning took place this morning when annual, routine X-rays found the same problem on the opposite side of the mouth. So out came a second offending tooth. For some time this past decade or so, studies have linked dental infections with increased incidence of myocardial infractions. So when the dentist recommended extraction, I was quite agreeable to having the tooth come out. Now here I am at home with one less tooth than I had when waking up this morning. (For more information regarding dental infections and heart attacks, click here.)