1. ddormer
    December 7, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    To make Danny’s point in a small way, yesterday, immediately after reading this I went to my my dentist for a cleaning and inspection. The hygienist said “Wow. your gums are perfect! No pockets at all. But what’s going on with your teeth? The staining is really bad.” (Note: She might have said things a bit more tactfully, but this is the substance.)

    “Do you drink a lot of coffee?”


    “Do you smoke?”

    “Are you kidding?”

    “Well, what are you doing or eating that is different?”

    “Nothing,” I responded. “Same diet. The only thing different is I use the prescription Chlorhexidine Gluconate oral rinse each and every day,” I said in my most proud little kid voice.

    There was a pause. “Oh my. You’re not supposed to use that every day. Just every once in awhile.” (I admit, I lost the details in what I was supposed to do at this point.)

    “But the bottle for the prescription YOU RENEWED WHEN I RAN OUT says ‘Rinse 1/2/ ounce for 30 seconds daily.”

    “Oh. Well. Nonetheless, you aren’t supposed to use THAT rinse every day. That might explain both why your gums are so pristine and why your teeth are so discolored.”


    She asked if I could stay for an extra half hour. “This is gonna take awhile.”

    Now I know this is a teeny tiny matter, and I am thrilled at the state of my gum health, but it does illustrate Danny’s point. Even on such simple matters as dosing and duration for just a prescription mouth rinse, communication is a… challenge.


  2. Carol Band
    December 6, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

    Great post! Keep playing the bari!


  3. Sue
    December 6, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, Danny. I love how you help us see how difficult it is to be clear with each other even though we think we’re speaking the same language, and much we need clear communication when speaking with those involved in our medical care.


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