If you haven’t been to the dentist lately (as in over a year), please make an appointment! I hadn’t been to the dentist in years and I recently went (no health insurance…yeah, maybe I should move to Canada). FIVE cavities! THREE which may need ROOT CANALS and crowns! I also need an implant to replace one of my molars sometime in the future because I swallowed the temporary tooth that was in there. (I see in my stats that many readers are coming here from google searches of “swallowing temporary tooth.” For those who are worried about the effects of doing that: It’s okay, your digestive system will scoot it on through and it will come out the other side. Mine was big and had metal hooks and everything…and I’m still alive! But for all I know, it might still be inside me. j/k j/k…you’re fine. But please check with a physician anyway. I did. I actually called 911 too. Yeah, I’m a bit of a nerd.)
Yeah…my teeth aren’t too strong to begin with. The dentist said that they are actually relatively brittle, so they are really susceptible to cavities, even with brushing, flossing (I admit, maybe I don’t do this as much), and the mild-formula, king-size, twin-pack orange Listerine I get from Costco. My candy/soda intake was not really closely monitored during the time my “adult teeth” were growing in. (Blame it on the parents… “They fuck you up, your mum and dad.”)
I went today to fill in the last of the FIVE cavities. We’re “waiting and seeing” for the root canal worthy ones — they have this white, pasty temporary filling on them. On the drive back home, I was testing out my new bite while my mouth was still pretty numb, I think I bit my tongue three times in a row before realizing what I was doing. I’m pretty sure it will be painful once the anesthesia wears off. I’m also pretty sure it was indeed the vague taste of blood I tasted….
All this could’ve been prevented with regular visits every six months or so to the dentist…except for me swallowing my temporary tooth…there was nothing I could’ve done about that. It’s certainly taking a big chunk out of my checking account.
“There’s blood in my mouth cuz I’ve been biting my tongue…” (the rest doesn’t really apply…but it’s a great song)
Rilo Kiley – “Portions for Foxes”
And another one of my favorites from them:
Rilo Kiley – “The Execution of All Things”
Oh alright, here’s one more — from their pop-y new album:
Rilo Kiley – “Breakin’ Up”
Now run along and attend their concert or something =)
And go to the dentist!