Thursday, July 22, 2010
i'd like to preface this by saying that i love the dentist. i have always loved the dentist. i especially love MY dentist (and dental hygienist). i love them because the dentist's office is one of my earliest memories, because one night my sister busted her face in an attempt to be just like me. i know, i'm really great, but i think she would say that attempting to do a 5 year old's cartwheel at age 2 was probably not worth the excessive years of braces and orthodontist appointments. she cartwheeled into my parents jacuzzi tub and landed us in the dentist's office at 7pm on a saturday night. sorry lauren, i'll treat you to some popcorn now that you can finally eat it! but since her little accident 18 years ago, we've been like celebrities at the dentist's office!!!
today i went to the dentist for the first time in 2 years (after going every 6 months for my entire life). i didn't go to the dentist for 2 years mainly because i didn't have dental insurance. well, solely because i didn't have dental insurance. this was my first bad decision. my second bad decision was made 15 years ago when i informed my dentist and hygienist that i would never floss my teeth because i hated it. they have never forgotten that moment, and today they were very happy to say "i told you so" when they pronounced that i had to return not once, not twice, BUT THREE FREAKING TIMES to have more work done (read: cavities fixed).
i am not happy. my mouth hurts, my teeth hurt, my gums hurt, and now i have to go back for more? are they nuts?! i did point out to my hygienist, however, that they actually should have expected it, because i have missed 4 appointments (1 every 6 months for 2 years... you do the math), and i have not had a single dentist appointment that i can remember where i haven't had to come back for something. the combination of floss refusal and "deep pits" (thanks for the genes mom) means fillings and cavities. mainly more fillings than cavities, but not this time my friends.
so my PSA for today is FLOSS YOUR TEETH OR YOU'LL END UP LIKE ME, HAVING TO GO BACK TO THE DENTIST 4 TIMES.
and to scott my hygienist and dr. isler my dentist... thanks a whole freaking lot. i am loyal and faithful to you for 20-some-odd years and this is how you treat me? hmph. and i didn't even get to pick 2 toys out of the treasure chest today!