So the dentist yesterday...left all my teeth in my head. Which was unexpected. Apparently I don't have ONE cavity. No fillings, no root canals, no nothing. I do have to go back for a second cleaning because they need SPECIAL tools to remove all the cement from my permanent retainers (both of which fell off a few years ago because my orthodontist was completely crap). Also I have to floss TWICE per day for the forseeable future. My gums are in flames I guess.
This is just. I don't understand. I haven't seen a dentist in 13 years, at LEAST. And for most of those years, I didn't brush my teeth. College? Nah. Post-college? Sometimes. I got a little better once The Foliage and I moved in together, but I really only became GOOD about it (and now I'm very good) after getting married. Logic says my teeth should be glorified swiss cheese by now.
I mean, I'm super excited about it. But also I was emotionally prepared to leave that dentist's office with dentures. So. A little let down.
One thing that's weird is apparently my top gum is broken? The dentist said it looked like I'd had a cleft palate, which is not the case. It only occurred to me last night that that was probably due to my orthodontia. One of the appliances I had in my face as a teenager expanded the roof of my mouth. It was TERRIBLE. Not the worst of the appliances, but pretty awful. I had to stick a key-thing in my mouth, and crank this gear-deal to widen my palate a leeeeeeeettle bit every day. It seemed like an unnecessary thing at the time, and now I'm almost CERTAIN it was.
In other news: starting a savings account for kids' orthodontia now. Feel free to send donations.