One of the disadvantages about being in school and constantly moving all over the place is that it makes it difficult to schedule doctor and dentist appointments. They are always booked so far in advance and this makes it tough because I don’t always know when I’m going to be home. I can usually fit in my annual physical, since I have it every summer and am either already at home or can squeeze in a quick trip to TC, but the dentist is definitely something that has fallen to the wayside over the past few years. As someone who has always gotten their teeth cleaned every six months, I am embarrassed to say that it has been over two years since my last appointment with the dental hygienist.
Luckily, I called my dentist’s office last week and after explaining my situation to them, was pleased to find out that they could fit me in yesterday morning for a much needed cleaning.
I should have known going that long without a visit would have it’s consequences.
While I don’t have periodontal disease or anything, I did have some gingivitis going on (inflammation and bleeding of the gums). Worst of all, I have not one, but TWO cavities. The gingivitis can be reversed and is preventable with flossing and proper brushing, but the cavities will have to be filled .
It always floors me when the dentist tells me I have cavities because I don’t drink pop or coffee, only chew sugar free gum, don’t eat any more sugar than the average person (at least in my opinion), and brush twice a day. I went my entire life without a single cavity and then all the sudden when I turned 20, it seems like they just started appearing left and right. The dentist really couldn’t offer any explanation for the cavities, but my mom told me that my dad had really cruddy enamel on his teeth growing up and I may have just inherited that trait from him (is that even possible?).
I have to go back to the dentist next week to get them filled, but in the mean time I’m really going to step up my game when it comes it comes to my oral hygiene. I used to floss religiously every single night and use Crest Pro-Health mouth wash on a daily basis, and I’m going to start doing that again.
The only reason I haven’t been flossing is simply because I’m lazy. I have a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth and have to use special floss threaders, which is such a pain. However, that’s no excuse. I don’t want my mild gingivitis to turn into something more serious so it’s time to nip it in the bud right now.
Other than my not-so-fun encounter with the dentist yesterday, not much happened over in these parts. I worked all day, came home and zoned out on the computer for a little while, then headed to bed. Some recent eats:
Apple cinnamon oatmeal:
Yogurt + a pear:
Pasta loaded with veggies (zucchini, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and black olives) and a homemade alfredo sauce:
My mom threw this together on the fly and it was amazing.
She made it for dinner on Monday night, and I took some with me to work yesterday and enjoyed it with a salad on my lunch break.
Random splurge last night:
I’ve been craving ice cream for days now and yesterday I decided I was going to make it happen. This was the Oreo shake of my dreams. Craving satisfied.
I’m stoked that I have the the next four days off of work, but unfortunately I’ll be devoting a lot of my time to seminar. On Tuesday night, my friend who is in New Orleans for the week texted me this picture:
And I replied with this picture:
What can ya do?
Off to hit the gym. Happy Thursday