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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.


Sep. 21st, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Do you have gum loss near your teeth? Like recession of the gums? I have that on 2 teeth.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: Q
I have that. It comes from brushing too hard.
Sep. 24th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Q
Hmm, that could be my problem in addition to the ginvitis. I'm so *glad* my dentists have never mentioned that.
Sep. 24th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Q
Mine suggested I get an electric tooth brush. He said that even the "Crest Spin Pro" or whatever is fine. It doesn't have to be Sonicare or whatever (which is what I splurged on). Then you just let the brush do the work for you. It brushes as hard as you're supposed to.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: Q
I almost bought one when I went to buy one last time. I think I keep buying tooth brushes, though, and when it comes time to switch to the new one, I don't know if the ones I find to use are ones I bought or ones the roommates bought. I can never remember what the things look like minutes later.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: Q
Well, buy pink....unless...they buy pink? o.O ahem.

I don't know about these things lol

I need to go to the dentist, but my stupid appointment isn't until OCTOBER. ugh.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: Q
I've always had that here and there throughout my teeth, but apparently, it's from the gingivitis/periodontitis that causes the gums to recede. If I remember correctly, it's something like that your teeth get a build up of plaque under the gum line and your already annoyed gums have nothing to cling to anymore. Hence, awhile after you get the deep gum cleaning, it gets a bit better.

I still need to break out the toothpicks, though, so that I can try to get my gums totally healthy. I brush with the toothpaste they tell me, I floss (about every other day, not as often as I should) and rinse with Listerine, like they say, and they're still angry.


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