Since this is a blog about stewardship, I feel that I need to confess an area in which I've become quite remiss in taking care of my resources: dental hygiene. (Probably not what you were expecting, right?!)
I somehow inherited good genes when it comes to teeth. While my poor older sister had a retainer, braces, and oral surgery, I waltzed through my school years with nary a cavity. (I got 2 while in college, and blame the soft serve machine. Ha!) In addition, only two of my wisdom teeth ever came in, so I only had to have two removed.
So what, you may ask, is the problem? There are two main ones:
1. I rarely floss (by rarely, I mean a few times a year!)--I find it awkward and uncomfortable, and I just never seem to get in the habit even when I renew good intentions.
2. I grind my teeth at night. At Eric's urging, I finally tried a mouth guard (ironically, a drugstore freebie scored by my dentally-unfortunate sister!) I could hardly stand it the first night, but after that, I have to admit it's not so bad. I've been wearing it every night for a couple weeks now. Eric said he's really noticed a difference, and hopefully, my dentist will, too.
I also used to faithfully have twice-a-year check-ups. Now it's been almost three years since I've seen a dentist. (For the record, Eric hasn't been in an even longer time!) In writing this post, I'm giving myself a nudge to call and make an appointment. Our insurance doesn't cover dental expenses, so that's the main reason I haven't gone, but I know I need to make this area more of a priority!
I'm curious--what's your "dental status"?
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