I went to the dentist yesterday.
Not a big deal, right? Nothing out of the ordinary? Well, it was totally on a whim when my mom mentioned getting into the dentist while I’m home for the weekend. She found me an appointment spot for 3:30pm Friday, and I was looking forward to a good ol’ fashioned teeth cleaning. As I arrived early to fill out paperwork, I was instantly faced with the reality that it had been THREE YEARS since my last dentist appointment! Woah. That is unacceptable. I was very good at my every-six-month-cleaning appointments for my entire life. But then, I got married, and we didn’t have dental insurance so we didn’t see the dentist. (I won’t tell you how long it’s been since Kevin had a cleaning and checkup.)
Now that Obama has changed the healthcare policy, I’m reaping the benefits. I get to be on my parents’ insurance until I’m 26 regardless if I’m married or not. Honestly, I think it’s insane. If you’re married, you should not be allowed to rely on your parents’ insurance. But heck! I’m totally taking advantage of it.
They called me back to the room, and I explained that I have had some sensitivity–almost a stinging sensation–in two spots near the gum line. I was hoping it wasn’t something serious. The hygienist explained the possibility of receding gum line which can be painful, but you can’t really do much about it. She took my xrays and then the dentist came in. Both he and the hygienist commented on my beautiful teeth and the good care I’ve taken of them for not having been in for an appointment in 3 years.
But then came the awful, embarrassing, humiliating truth.
I have four–count ’em 4–cavities.
I never have cavities. Well, almost never. Two tiny ones when I was five or six, but that doesn’t really count, right? My mom was surprised because I had sealants put on years ago. But I’m fairly certain those sealants aren’t meant to last longer than 5 or 10 years. And it’s been at least 10 years since that treatment.
And so, I have to come back in a couple months for my regular dentist to do the fillings He’s been taking care of me since I was a toddler. :) But get this–it’s going to take 2 appointments and $100 out of pocket. Crap.
I’m going to start flossing more than twice a week.
Do you floss??