Thursday, January 3, 2013

Smile

I hope that at least one of my children grows up to be a dentist. Then BadDad and I can retire and live in the guest house. On his estate.

I cringe when it's time for one of us to go for our dental checkup. It's never good news, even when they say it is. This past week has been typical of our experience at the dentist.

The other night at dinner, K-boy complained of tooth pain and actually asked me to call the dentist. That sounded serious. I managed to get him an appointment for the following morning. At first it did actually seem like good news, the pain was caused by a baby tooth that hasn't fallen out even though the adult tooth is ready to come in. K-boy has two weeks to wiggle the heck out of the thing and get it out himself, otherwise the dentist will pull it for him. Whew!

Then the dentist found a cavity. $$$$

Yesterday I had my six month cleaning. The hygienist kept praising my tooth brushing habits and saying how healthy my mouth was. Before I could puff up with too much pride she took a couple of x rays for teeth that might need crowns. I was in a cold sweat by the time the dentist came in to take a look.

The good news...I don't need crowns. The bad news...I need old fillings removed and replaced with new ones. $$$$

Today both M-girl and D-boy had cleanings. No cavities, but..... M-girl needs to see an orthodontist. $$$$$$$$$$. D-boy needs a special process done before he can get sealants on his molars. $$$$

No wonder they're all so smiley when they see us coming. With any luck we'll at least get an invitation to the beach house. You know, the one we're helping to pay the mortgage on.

10 comments:

  1. I sympathize with you over how expensive dental care can be. I just got around to having my teeth fixed but I had to wait until i could afford it--I'm sixty.

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    1. It's one of those necessary but unpleasant expenses.

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  2. The dreaded dentist. Perhaps you need to focus a few more homeschooling lessons on dentistry, subliminally encourage it as a career path :)

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    1. Good idea! Maybe there's some sort of subtle background message that I can play...Go to Dental School...go to Dental School.

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  3. SO expensive, I know! Sorry to hear about all your expenses, and yes, hoping one of your kids becomes a dentist--wouldn't that be great? ;)

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    1. It would be awesome, no more dreading the check ups!

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  4. Oh yes! I've rescheduled my recent dentist appointments twice in the last two months. It was too much extra on top of the Christmas is expenses. Dental is expensive!

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    1. The worst is that you can't always plan for it, as you don't know what kind of work anyone will need until the dentist tells you.

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