Friday Five: Dental Edition

As posted by reverendmother over at RevGalBlogPals:

Cheesehead and I are both laid up this week with various tooth maladies. This one’s in honor of us:

1. Are you a regular patron of dentists’ offices? Or, do you go
a) faithfully, as long as you have insurance, or
b) every few years or so, whether you need it or not, or
c) dentist? what is this "dentist" thing you speak of?

I go faithfully, although sometimes six months stretches out a little when schedules are complicated. I was on the calendar for yesterday, and I was willing to go despite the horrible weather (Snow! Sleet! Hail! All at once!!!), but the dental staff wanted to go home. We re-scheduled.

2. Whatever became of your wisdom teeth?

All four were impacted. An oral surgeon removed them in August, 1978, shortly before I started college. My mother thought we could get home (an hour drive) and then fill the pain prescription. This was a mistake, as I was in agony by the time she returned from the pharmacy (almost another hour with the wait and that drive).

I had a pretty tough recovery, including pain-med induced hallucinations and dry socket. At least they’re all gone.

3. Favorite thing to eat that’s BAAAAAD for your teeth.

Chewing on ice, I think. Although I’m sure the sweets I enjoy aren’t good either. I actually lost a piece of enamel while eating very healthy granola once, so maybe that should be my answer. Of course it happened on Dec. 23rd, when the dentist wasn’t back in the office until Jan. 2nd. I had a rough time, in the sense that the tooth was weirdly scuffed-up feeling. But at least it wasn’t painful.

4. Ever had oral surgery? Commiserate with me.

Just the wisdom teeth. But I did nurse #1 Son after jaw surgery, does that count?

5. "I’d rather have a root canal than _________________."

false teeth?

Bonus: Does your dentist recommend Trident?

Not a gum chewer, so I wouldn’t know.

Now, off to brush my teeth!

11 thoughts on “Friday Five: Dental Edition”

  1. Oh my, I understand that pain… My daughter has drug induced hallucinations from pain killers. She really hats it. So, a careful balance between managing pain and managing reality.
    And yes, I think it counts that you have nursed a child recovering from oral surgery.

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