Today I went to the dentist for the first time in three years. I'm horribly negligent when it comes to dental care, brushing once or twice a day, flossing every couple days. I've got no excuses. I've gotten lucky, though. In my life I've had one cavity. I have all my wisdom teeth and dentists always tell me that they grew in perfectly. With this lucky track record, I know that I'm tempting fate by failing to take better care of the teeth.
Thank goodness for M-Care. The U of M system takes damn good care of its members. No co-pay today, and I had a full cleaning, x-rays, a mouth cancer screening, and a fluoride treatment. Awesome.
I got the sense from the hygienest that the stains were a bit grody. At first she made a few jokes about how I'm obviously a coffee drinker. As the cleaning progressed, she began to accompany the good-natured cracks with a bit of teeth-grinding (doesn't she know that's bad for the teeth?!). Okay, I've got another resolution now: better tooth care.