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Back from the dentist.

This was my first cleaning or anything in four and a half years. Other than a VERY aggressive cleaning back when I lived in Phoenix (Feb '03, I think my last dental visit was), I haven't been to the dentist for anything since I was 18 or 19 - thirteenish years. (The visit in Feb of 03 consisted of going in and having an EXREMELY painful, fast cleaning by a male dentist that spoke almost no English. He couldn't answer any questions and didn't want to do anything beyond that - but said my dental didn't cover the routine cleaning, so I had to shell out $350 or so.) THAT being considered, I didn't do too badly today.

I DO have periodontitis, which is sort of the next step of gingivitis, where you start losing bone mass. It hasn't reached a critical point yet, so it can be fixed over time. I have another appointment on Oct 3rd (10/3 at 10:30!) to get numbed on the right side and do a deep gum cleaning, as well as one of the three fillings I need. (The other two will be done when I go to get the left side deep cleaned.) This, if I had no insurance, would cost me about $1400. With my dental insurance, I'll only pay about 20%. In the long run, they want to extract my wisdom teeth (yes, i'm 32 and still have the suckers) and apply braces. We'll see how it goes or how I'm doing financially when that gets done. I know plenty of adults that got braces in their 30's.

So, although I feel I floss more than the average American (2 - 5 times weekly), I'm still a naughty, naughty girl and will PAY.

I want to eat and go to sleep now, but I'm going girlie shopping with Lori and Liz. Not many other girls get to say they go, uh... plastic date shopping with supervisors at work.

Wages FINALLY getting not garnished (for now), plus a vacation day, plus holiday pay has resulted my paycheck in being over $300 more than it has been for months. Rawk.

While I wait for them to get off work, I shall cook me some Morning Star artichoke veggie bites and watch some blasted teevee.

Comments

laughing_piggy
Sep. 21st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I had periodontis once. I brushed with baking soda dipped in peroxide for a week or two and it was better. It tastes worst than anything you've ever dreamed of, but it's effective. My gums are very healthy now.

Oh, and not to brag or anything, but I floss twice a day. I'm sort of obsessed. When my arm was broken, that's what I missed doing most... Sad. I know.
aubkabob
Sep. 21st, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
After all of this, methinks I'm going to be a tad obsessive, too. They said to get something to where i can floss while I'm watching tv or reading a book before bed or something, but it gives me the heebeejeebees to do so NOT in front of a mirror - I hate flying blind!
laughing_piggy
Sep. 21st, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
I absolutely hate the feeling of anything between my teeth so I have floss in my bathroom upstairs off the bedroom, in the downstairs bathroom and in my purse. That covers it! I usually floss right after shower but before moisturizing so my hands don't taste icky. Then again right after dinner. After lunch too if I eat something stringy.
randwulf
Sep. 22nd, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I use something very similar to this: http://www.smileclub.com/viewItem.asp?idProduct=10321

No fuss, no muss, and you don't need a mirror to use them.

aubkabob
Sep. 22nd, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That's what my hygienist recommended, so that I could just hang out, watch teevee, and floss. I may invest in one some time next week, when I go to get all the other supplies they recommended (a particular Colgate Total toothpaste and an antibacterial wash). I was going to today after work, but I was too pooped to deal with walking ALL the way ACROSS the PLAZA to go to Target before walking home.
randwulf
Sep. 22nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I drive from one job location to another as a copier repairman so I don't carry a toothbrush with me during the day to brush after I have lunch. But I carry one of those floss handles and floss right after lunch. If I forgot to floss before I left the house in the morning I'll floss in the car. Either way, there is one pair of molars that are set just far enough apart that if I have beef or steak I have to floss them. Chicken, fish, anything with a fine grain, no problem. Coarse grain meat... I have to floss.
aubkabob
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, I have a couple of teeth like that, too - when I floss, it's like I remove an entire buffalo from between the two and it amazes me how I don't feel all of it loitering there.

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