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Chew On This!

Brushing up on ADHD

I hate statistics. Well, actually, I love to quote them, but I hate having to look them up.

The problem is, I read them somewhere, and then months later I repeat them and I can’t find where I got them from to prove my statement.

For instance, I know that I’ve read that people with ADHD are ‘some certain number of times‘ more likely to be visiting the emergency room at the local hospital.

And while it’s true that I made up the added stat that, 90 times out of a hundred, when that emergency room visit happened it was because of an accident that was preceded with the statement, “Hey everybody, watch this!” … it is also true that we are more likely to suffer from accidents requiring medical attention.

And that’s not all

Not by a long shot. I also cannot find where I read about us and oral health. But I read it. I swear I did.

That bit of info said that we were more likely to have bad oral hygiene habits, bad oral health. And I wondered why that was …

… for about five seconds!

It didn’t take me long to come up with several reasons for why this might be. Several very plausible reasons.

First, let’s take brushing our teeth. I’m guessing we all know it’s a good idea. And it seems a simple enough concept, right? Just brush your teeth.

But wait …

Did you buy toothpaste? I know you went to, I also know you came back from the store with twelve other things, but was there any toothpaste in the bag when you got home?

And what about a new toothbrush? Once the bristles have curled around and are pointing away from your teeth, the brush is much less effective. Even if you are brushing them, you might not be as effective as you could be with a worn out brush. Better get a new one.

Off to the sink …

And when you go to brush your teeth, is it like everything else you “go” to do? Do you get distracted along the way?

Do you pick up the lunch dishes, thinking you’ll drop them off at the kitchen only to realize you intended to take the dish clothes to the laundry and end up out in the garage three hours later working on organizing the recycling while the acid in your mouth devours the enamel you had every intention of saving?

Or ….

Is brushing your teeth one of those things that gets cast aside with all the other great intentions you had when you discover you’re late for your life again? Is it one of the things you promise yourself you’ll do as soon as you get home?

Did you have every intention of brushing your teeth after lunch? Did you finally remember that when you found your toothbrush at 6:15 when you were packing up your case to leave the office (which was supposed to happen at five) to come home for dinner at five thirty?

And if that isn’t enough …

Did you remember your last dental appointment? Did you remember to make one? Have you just given up on the dentist completely? The dental hygienist?

If so, I know how you feel. I gave up on them for almost twenty years.

But that was before I found out I had ADHD. Before I found out that having ADHD meant poor oral health. And before I suddenly stopped and said, “No! No more!!!”

ADHD takes many things away from me, I’m not letting it take any more of my teeth without a fight. Go brush yours now. I’ll join you.

Chew On This!

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2017). Chew On This!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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