Just a warning before we start – today’s post is a little random – that’s all, you’ve been warned!
I’m going to be honest with you – I hate going to the dentist. Unfortunately, like a responsible adult I go every six months whether I like it or not. I’ve been going to the same dentist for the last 4 years or so – even after we moved last year. Well, now that we’ve moved again our dentist is over 60 miles away! On top of that, our dentist informed us a few weeks ago that he was going back to school so another dentist would be covering for him for the next year or so. This, combined with the increase in distance made our decision to find a new dentist much easier.
Long story short – we found a dentist just a few miles from our new house. When I was younger I wasn’t awesome about brushing/flossing/dental hygeine in general. Due to that I ended up with several (many) cavities…whoops! Well, the years have passed and apparently my previous dentist wasn’t keeping a watchful eye on those old cavities…or my teeth in general I guess? I went to the new dentist yesterday and was told I needed 10 fillings!!! Most of them were replacements for old fillings that had “leaked” (technical term), but still – that’s a lot to be surprised with!
I ended up going back later in the day to have the left side fillings done and they’ll be finishing up later this week with the right side. My mouth is in a lot of pain today, but at least I was able to get laughing gas while they were doing the work – it helped a lot. The biggest annoyance was getting my lower left side numb. It ended up taking 4 shots….FOUR!!!!! before it was completely numb. Apparently I have “unique anatomy” – but that meant that the left side of my face was numb until I woke up this morning.
I gave you that enlightening back story for one simple reason – to tell you this – TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH! Why? Because it’s EXPENSIVE if you don’t! The total bill for the 10 fillings came to $1860! Now I’m fortunate to have decent health insurance, so that discounted it down by $823 and then insurance paid a further $611.20, but I was still left with a bill for $425.80! Luckily we’re able to pay for it, but damn – that’s a lot of money to spend on fixing teeth! Mrs AB has to go in today – so hopefully the damage to our wallet won’t increase!
When my parents used to try and get me to brush and floss, they used to talk about “keeping your teeth clean” and “not getting cavities”. Well, if they’d have just said “it will save you LOTS of money later on” – I would probably have done a much better job! If I knew then how much I’d be spending (and have already spent) on my teeth – it would have motivated me. Ok, that’s all for today, I have to go and brush my teeth again! I promise I’ll try and be less random next time.
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