Yesterday I got to go to the dentist. I was expecting good things. A quick cleaning and be set on my way. Not this time... although I faithfully brush and floss, I managed to get not one, not two, but three cavities. I missed flossing perhaps three times in the past 6 months. I blame that on just falling to sleep... I didn't plan to fall to sleep. It just happened. Perhaps, I got a cavity each of those nights?!
I have to admit that I was stunned. My teeth don't hurt. Well, they didn't hurt. After getting the cleaning of a lifetime, I think that my teeth have never hurt so bad. I haven't had on of those metal things run along my gum lines in a really long time. My dentist previously used something a lot more humane, although I didn't realize until I was returned to the metal thing.
I had never had such a thorough check up. I had to stick out my tongue and he grabbed it with his hand and felt all over it. I had to relax my tongue so he could do this and then feel all around inside my mouth. I am happy to report that I have no signs of oral cancer :) I do have geographic tongue, but I had diagnosed myself with that years ago, after my little brother was diagnosed. That wasn't too shocking.
At the end of the day, the good news far outweighed the bad news. I would much rather be told that I have 3 cavities and geographic tongue, than to be told that I didn't pass my oral cancer screening! I go back for fillings in October.
I shall continue to diligently brush and floss my teeth. I took up flossing nightly a year ago. I used to not be quite as diligent, to be quite honest. I would floss whenever I felt like it, usually when I had something stuck between my teeth. I don't know why I was lazy about that, I just was. I have bought my children the animal shaped flossing things. They are still not quite as diligent about flossing, but they do use mouthwash and brush every night before bed. I guess baby steps and someday they will use the flossing things nightly too.
My four year-old is seeing the dentist in 45 minutes. I hope he has better news than me! Thank goodness for dental insurance!
Just an update, his dental check-up went well. No cavities! He chose strawberry flavored flouride for after the cleaning. The hygienist was putting that on his teeth when my 9 year-old glanced over and saw 4 year-old's mouth and teeth completely red. My 9 year-old turned completely white and asked me what happened to his brother. I realized that he thought it was blood. I assured him it wasn't and the color quickly came back. I have a son that is just like me! I don't handle blood very well...