When a friend of yours goes to the dentist, you have to take your dentures with you

In November 2017, I was on a family holiday with my parents and I got a call from my brother, telling me he was having to take his toothbrushes with him. 

 He was in the middle of a toothbrush job when he was hit by a car on the way to the airport. 

When he came out, he was already dead. 

His death left me with a deep sense of loss. 

I had been looking forward to a fun weekend, but this was going to be a very difficult time.

I knew that when I got home, I would have to make my own dentures, but there was no time to think about that.

The next day, I had to do some research and I decided to ask my friend who was on holiday to help me make my choice. 

My brother told me that he would take my toothbrushed and put them in a box and then drive to my house. 

We all agreed that this was an appropriate solution. 

But as soon as I got back, I saw that my brother’s dentist was waiting for him.

I didn’t want to let my brother down.

He was a hard worker and we had a great relationship, but he was going into surgery so it was a bit of a gamble.

At first, we decided to put the toothbrushing in a suitcase and take it home to him.

But that was not the end of it. 

The next morning, he had to take the toothbrush from my home to his office and he had the bag full of toothbrush and toothpaste. 

He told me to put them all in a plastic bag and put it in the car and he would drive us to the office to make the dentures.

I was worried, but I didn’t know how to take care of my brother. 

It took a while before I started to feel better. 

Eventually, we did it.

But the following day, when he went to the doctor to get a new set of teeth, he told me he had taken his toothbrush with him and had left it in a shopping bag at the office. 

A few days later, he died. 

Why?

My brother was not only an amazing man but a good friend too. 

This incident made me realise that we can’t always take care, especially when we are on holiday.

We are not allowed to leave the house for days without taking our own toothbrusher. 

Even when we do, we have to give our brother the proper amount of time to make his dentures and that is a very important step to take. 

However, we can make the best decisions for ourselves. 

You can use the following steps to make sure your family and friends do the same.1.

Ask your friends for advice2.

Take a look at their dentist and make sure they are OK to take them home.3.

Do not let your dentist do the job yourself.4.

Take them to a shop where you can make your own toothbrush.5.

Take the toothpaste in a bag, take it to your home and make your toothbrands. 

If you are in a hurry, use the box method. 

Take the tooth brush from your home to your dentist’s office and put the box in the trunk of the car. 

Put the tooth brushes in a storage bag and leave it there for a week. 

After a week, you can take them to the shop. 

Bring the toothless toothbranches back to your brother and they can be taken to him for the dentistry.6.

Tell your parents about your decision.

 Make sure they know you did it, so that they are not upset and that you feel okay about it.7.

Ask for advice from your dentist.8.

Be sure you have your brother’s contact details. 

Your brother will usually call you if you ask. 

Be sure to tell him that you did not want him to take it with him to the hospital. 

Find out his contact details and make him sign a document stating that you want him take the denture. 

Ask him to do this if you are planning to do the denturing yourself. 

Before you take your own denture, talk to your dental surgeon. 

Make an appointment with him or her to discuss the procedure. 

As soon as you get the appointment, you should also give him your brother to make your dental decisions. 

Then, make your appointments. 

Remember, when it comes to your family, you need to be supportive and you need your brothers’ help. 

There are no guarantees in life, but if you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to contact the British Dental Association. 

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