I went to the dentist yesterday to have my dreaded dental cleaning done. I hate going to the dentist- but only because every time I go I have a cavity--and not just one-- but several. This bothers me because I brush my teeth more than anyone I know. I floss every day. I have even had people tell me they think I am brushing my teeth too much. I brush my teeth for twice as long as Jason each time we brush together and he makes fun of me because I "overdo it". We even bought matching electric toothbrushes.
So, why all the cavities? 2 years ago my teeth cost us over $1000 to fix. Jason speculates that we were being scammed by the dentist and the problem was not as serious as it seemed. I agree.
But, there is the time before our wedding that I had to get 8 cavities filled in one day. Not to mention all the cavities that I have had growing up.
So, as you can tell I was not excited about the dentist yesterday. The last visit I had- I was told my teeth looked good except for one spot. They said if I brushed really well and took great care of it, it could go away.
You better believe I have brushed. I was ready for the dentist to say that it was gone.
Quite the opposite happened. I am in the chair getting ready to have the hygenist start cleaning, when she looks at my xrays that were taken at the last visit. She starts clicking on this computer screen like crazy and tells me that it looks as though there were a bunch of "trouble spots" on my x-ray that they missed last time. She even says that my actual mouth and the x-rays do not even look like the same person. I was so disappointed. I almost started crying in the chair before the cleaning. She identifies 5 "trouble spots" and tells me she will have the dentist look at them when she is done.
I manage to get through the cleaning without crying and the dentist comes in. I want him to look at the x-rays and tell the hygenist she was crazy and that I have been brushing my teeth. Can't she tell?
He looks at me and says- why didn't we see this before? Oh my. We need to get in there and look at one of these.
Sigh. The only comfort the dentist has to offer is that some people's saliva is different than others. Some people have stronger teeth than others. And I am just one of those people.
I have an appointment in 2 weeks and am disheartened. I don't want to be "one of those people." I want to eat a bag of candy every night like Jason and never have a cavity. I want to brush my teeth and go to the dentist without a cavity.
I guess that will never be the case. I'll keep brushing and hoping though. Mabye one day my x-rays will be great.