My $500 Lesson

26 02 2008

As long as I can remember my parents always taught me to brush my teeth at least twice a day.  This is something I have done religiously for over the past ten years.  I brush my teeth as soon as I wake up, and it’s the last thing I do before I go to bed, it’s good habit and I have good teeth.  I pride myself for not having a cavity for over ten years, but I guess I got too cocky.

I went to the dentist for my six month cleaning today, after the usual small talk they updated my x-rays that hadn’t been updated in over two years.  Then the dental assistant walked in and asked “when was the last time you flossed?”  My response: “you did it” (ripped straight from an old Jeff Foxworthy joke).

Now, because of my lack of flossing, I have a small cavity forming between two of my teeth, which I didn’t even know was possible, and (not related to flossing) one of my old metal fillings needs to be replaced.  The cost?… Should be around $500 after insurance pays their third.

Until now, I always kind of laughed about flossing.  I floss after I eat popcorn, I never do it before bed or in the morning, but now is different.  Now it’s personal, I’m going to become a flossing machine.

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13 03 2008
t h rive

Hey, I commented as well on Ryan’s post at Brazen Careerist about the importance of a social life.

Just thought I’d mention that my girlfriend works in healthcare (dental office) and since living with her I have, like her, become a flossing machine. Well, almost every night is tough enough…

People rarely see that little things like 3 mins of flossing CORRECTLY (ask about it) can save you tons of cash on bills in the end. She comes home with gum-related horror stories often.

Nifty blog, I’ll be looking around…
t h rive

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