A Good Dental Appointment

Many of you have been a party to my long dental saga. After over a decade of cruddy teeth, I was able and yes, I had to…find the time, energy, money, and health to get through *nearly* all of a large stack of dental work.
(I have Crohn’s disease–leading to a lot of vomiting, reflux, indescribable in polite company tummy troubles. Then prednisone and other steroids. None of it is good for teeth plus the fact that dentists really don’t want to see you when you may vomit ON them or have to dash to the restroom constantly. Your gi doc also frowns upon dental work. Great loop.)
I was making pretty good progress until May. Then a flare shut down the dental work progress. So close to the end!
Then new job. Conference. And re-entry. The other night I said “I need to call the dentist about setting up the appointments for the work not done. Like a miracle, the dental office must have heard my thoughts. I received an email with a time and date for an appt. Hmm. The date and time weren’t bad…but what if I called to see if I could be seen sooner. So I emailed back. Mirabelle, the super receptionist said sure! We can see you sooner! How about tonight? 6:30. Sure. For a cleaning right? “err I guess so…you emailed me.”
Then I sort of panicked. I hate cleanings. I hate the scraping. I hate the water. I hate the lectures. Wretched. I also have long had gums that bleed as more than one hygienist has said: like hamburger.
Needless to say, cleanings are not my favorite. Give me a root canal instead. Really. But I went. I met Bea the miracle hygienist. Very gentle. Told me she was a hand scraper. Ok, I said not sure of the difference. Didn’t they all do that? Anyhow she talked and yet wasn’t obnoxious like a lot of hygienists are about talking. I know–not the hygienists fault. They scrape goo off of teeth all day long and have to talk to strangers all day long. I didn’t get a lecture. It didn’t take hours. Then she sent the dentist in. Ok, NOW are the lectures. Nope. Instead he asked a few questions. He looked in my mouth and at the x-rays. No new cavities! Mouth has healed beautifully (FINALLY) from the surgeries. ANDDDDD he is proud of me for the miracle of good dental health. Yep. That’s right. Rotten toothed me got a glowing report from the dentist. For real. FIRST TIME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
Yes. I still need to get the finish up stuff. But…YAY!


  1. Yay! Hand scraping for the win! Many people say there is a correlation between gum disease and overall health. Here’s to continued healing!

    Gum disease and bad teeth run in my family. My hygienist recommends Vit C with Rose Hip to help keep my gums healthier. Also a water pik since I am horrible at flossing.

  2. woohoo!

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