Confessions of a Girl Who Didn’t Have Any Cavities.
Of course, if I hadn’t avoided going to the dentist perhaps I wouldn’t feel this way. But that is neither here nor there.
Last week, I received a little postcard reminder that my 6 month dental exam was around the corner. I hadn’t even remembered making the appointment but instead of canceling the appointment (which I was really tempted to do) I decided to go.
I spent most of the appointment with the dental hygienist, who told me that, despite my best efforts at flossing (which in reality is not much), I still had a lot of plaque on my teeth.
Although I don’t think my gums bled nearly as much as they did last time, they were still very sensitive, which the hygienist told me is from sucking so badly at flossing. OK, she didn’t use those exact words but that’s probably what she was thinking.
We also took some X-rays of my teeth, which is quite possibly my least favorite activity at the dentist. It’s also what helped deliver the Big, Bad News.
I have a cavity.
Now, before you laugh and go, “Allison, it’s just a cavity,” please keep this in mind:
THIS IS MY FIRST CAVITY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!
It’s a big freakin’ deal to me! I have always prided myself on the fact I’ve made it nearly twenty-five years without a single CAVITY. And now my track record has been RUINED.
(Cue ridiculous mock fainting.)
In addition, I also found out the a couple of my bottom teeth, which are already crowded despite the fact I had braces in middle school, are “loose.” (Have I ever mentioned that I have a recurring nightmare about my teeth shattering or falling out? I wake up from these dreams feeling my teeth to make sure they are still there and man is having all your teeth falling out traumatic. This is my worst nightmare coming true! /tangent). I don’t really know what that means but my dentist said it’s really bad. Even worse than having a cavity. Since I have some bone loss (which I discovered at my last appointment), he says that this could be a contributing factor. I’m not sure which is a contributing factor to which , but it sounds serious. I might have to get orthodontics again, though hopefully not as dramatic as being a twentysomething metal mouth. I also know getting orthodontics is expensive and so I basically loathe the dentist right now.
My appointment to get my cavity bonded is next Sunday, and the dentist told me he would talk to me more about all of this.
I’m basically sitting on pins and needles until then.
I know that if I avoided the dentist, the results would be even more disastrous. But seriously? Kinda hating the dentist right now.