Best teeth ever (so far)
I’ll readily admit that behind the scenes I did not practice very good dental hygiene. Brushing my teeth was something I would do maybe once a week, if not longer. Occasionally I would rinse with mouthwash at night, but even that was a rarity. Believe me it is not something I am proud of, but it just became a habit that was hard for me to break.
After about 20 years (yes – 20) of not going to the dentist, I felt a visit was warranted. Every so often I’d feel pain in my jaw, my gums would bleed, and my teeth weren’t the best shade of white (but weren’t disgustingly dirty either). So I finally made the visit to see a local dentist.
I went in there with the worst expectations. I was anticipating them to tell me my teeth were rotting (even though they looked ok visually) and that I had at least 15 cavities. The dentist was certain surprised to hear how long it had been since I had any work done, and I have a feeling they were expecting to hit the motherload of dental work and drillings / fillings.
But to everyone’s surprise, I had no problems. No cavities, no gum disease. Just a set of teeth that could use a deep cleaning. So I went back two separate times to get my teeth deep cleaned. I had to get Novocaine which wasn’t pleasant (who likes a needle in their mouth), and spent about $1000 on the work. But in the end my teeth were super shiny. And I told myself I’d do a better job at taking care of them.
Problem is, I didn’t.