Last Wednesday I finally went to the dentist for a checkup and to have my teeth cleaned. I hadn't been since October 2009 and it wasn't a pleasant visit. My dentist announced that I had tons of cavities and that she wanted to give me something like six cavities.
I take pretty good care of my teeth, so I was shocked that I suddenly needed so much dental work. She handed me an estimate and encouraged me to call and make my appointments.
I left dumbfounded and headed home. How could I need so much work done? My dental hygiene habits hadn't changed, so why did I suddenly have so many cavities?
I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy having dental work done. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that my childhood dentist wasn't very friendly. Having my teeth cleaned was not something I looked forward to.
After months of badgering from the Hubs, I finally made an appointment to see his dentist. I was filled with anxiety going in to my appointment. If I had six cavities two years ago my teeth should be rotting away by now, right? I was sure the dentist was going to want to pull all of them and fit me for dentures.
Imagine my surprise when the dentist walks in, checks out my x-rays, checks out my teeth, and announces that I HAVE NO CAVITIES.
That's right. ZERO.
I may or may not have raised my voice and said, 'WHAT? Are you KIDDING me? The last dentist wanted to fill like HALF OF MY TEETH!!!!'
Dr. B, having never met me before, was a bit surprised by my outburst. He assured me that my teeth are awesome and sent me on my way.
Now I can't help but wonder what the last dentist was thinking? Granted, she only had 2 years of experience whereas Dr. B has been practicing since 1989. I don't know about you, but I am more inclined to go with his expertise.
Have you ever had an experience like this one?