Whoo. What a day.
We worked hard to get in as much of our studies as we could before heading out for dentist appointments. Me and the littles.
I used to love going to the dentist.
That ceased two and a half years ago.
I got my first cavity. Ever.
I was so mad. I figured it was the fault of the new mouthpiece I wore for TMJ. I blamed it so hard that I quit wearing it then and there. And after getting the filling, I definitely was NOT happy. I remember going back to Mama’s to pick up my littles and almost drooling on Daddy in his hospital bed as we talked. I felt sure my mouth was sliding off my face. It took forever to regain feeling. Have I mentioned that I was NOT happy? Not one bit.
I tend to stress before the appointments now. Yeah, Anxiety Girl shows up in all her glory. Even more so when it’s my children’s appointments. What they don’t tell you as folks are congratulating you and oohing and ahhing over your sweet new baby is this: “Congratulations, you have now become responsible for someone else’s teeth.”
It is hard enough to obsess over my own, but now, I stress over what the dentist or hygienist will tell me about my children’s teeth, which of course is ALL MY FAULT. It’s enough to make me lose sleep and gain weight. (Oh if only I could switch those around!)
So of course, it makes sense to schedule all three of us together at the same time in rooms next door to each other just so I can have all the stress and anxiety and worry hit me in the head all at once. Might as well.
So today Cooter sat in with me while his sister had her teeth cleaned. While I was having an x-ray done, he slipped into the other room for his cleaning. Our Australian dentist came in to check my teeth and gave me the report on the littles. I held my breath. Which isn’t easy to do when someone has their hand in your mouth. Seriously. Try it.
“No cavities.” The whoosh of relief might have fogged up his glasses just a little. “However, you need to help Cooter just a little bit with his flossing maybe if that’s possible. He has some spots where cavities could develop.” I sighed. Yeah, I figured. Okay, we can do that.
Bad news sounds so much better when delivered with an accent, you know?
I love my hygienist. We have known each other for years. And for two people who only see each other about twice a year usually, we keep up with the important stuff in each other’s lives. No small feat considering I’m rendered unable to speak legibly during much of our time together.
Today we talked about weddings and death, stress, yeast, grandchildren, and the holidays. When my little guy came in–the same one she guessed the gender of when I was pregnant with him–she smiled. Since she was giving me my fluoride treatment, the two of them talked.
“Did you get your fluoride treatment?” she asked him.
He nodded. (Boy, speak up, she can’t hear the rocks in your head. But I was unable to get the words out.)
“What flavor did you choose? Strawberry, bubble gum, mint, or our new one–orange crush?”
He looked around for a minute, thinking. “Ummm, caramel.”
She and I both burst out laughing. (Mine was through my nose–very attractive.) “Really?” she asked. “Are you sure? Caramel?”
He nodded again. “Yes. It was caramel.”
I reached over and mock-punched my hygienist. “Girl, you been holding out on me?” I said. Only I’m pretty sure it came out, “Durrr, uuu biii ooin ow a e?” Which of course she interpreted (she’s just that good), and she started laughing too, pretending to fend off my blows. She called out to her friend and co-worker next door and asked. Turns out he’d had the new one. (Yeah, there was no caramel. But what a concept!)
So of course, after my treatment was over, we all taste tested it to see if it did indeed taste like caramel.
I couldn’t tell, I was jazzed up on the mint. (Never choose anything other than mint. It just doesn’t feel clean otherwise. I know this from experience. Trust me.)
When we left with our “supply” bags in tow, my two proudly showed me their “treats.” I love this dentist. They used to give out “toys” from the treasure box. Now they give out Chick-Fil-A coupons. THANK YOU, DR. K! As we left with smiles and good reports and hugs with my friend and hygienist, we all felt pretty good about ourselves. We were cavity clear, headed to CFA for free food, and full of relief that we’d eked by one more time.
It’s a good feeling. I intend to enjoy it. At least for the next five months and twenty-nine days.
Happy Brushing, y’all!
In honor of my hygienist/friend whom I love, here’s a little giggle and a shout out to those great people who help us keep our mouths clean. 😉 Thank you all.