Thursday, October 6, 2011

Like Pulling Teeth

I made a horrible, no good, very bad mistake. I neglected going to the dentist for a professional cleaning for more than a year. Yesterday, I paid for it.

After an hour of vandalizing my teeth, my dentist found three small cavities. And this is where I blame my genes and my failure to go to the dentist. I brush at least twice, floss, and use mouthwash daily. Even when I'm camping. Even in other circumstances where it would be easy to skip. And yet, I have cavities. Kind of injust considering what other people consume and how they don't actually take care of their teeth!

But then I got to thinking...instead of blaming my genes, myself, my whatever, I would take it as an opportunity for betterment. This means:

1. Rinse after coffee.
2. Brush after lunch.
3. Visit the dreadful dentist twice a year.

I actually don't think I need to cut back on consumption of anything (for my teeth's sake) (I could always eat fewer french fries or whatever), but instead, up the ante on the cleaning. So that is what I'll do. I'm fortunate to be able to go to the dentist, when some people can't afford it and can't get there. So I'm done crying over the fact that I have cavities. Instead, I'm rejoicing over the fact that I will have a cleaner mouf. (On a side note: it was pretty cool that the dentist used her super special dentist camera to take a picture of my cavities and show them to me on a monitor. Technology!)

Are there any daily routines you could improve?

1 comment:

  1. I have to go to the dentist today too. :-( Here's hoping for a clean bill of mouth health.


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