Friday, February 19, 2010
Go ahead and laugh
First, the good news: I have completed four out of five cleanings (which should be called "scrapings") with the periodontal hygienist. No one in that office can figure out why I am having gum trouble, but have never had a cavity, and it took them awhile to believe that I have always been an avid brusher and flosser. Next month is a visit to the actual periodontist, who will hopefully tell me I get to keep my teeth for awhile.
Next, the funny-but-true news: according to the dentist, I have a small mouth. And a small jaw.
My husband's reaction: "Overcompensate, do we?"
My boss's reaction: "And you make up for it, don't you?"
Never having had a cavity, I had never had any kind of numbing agent until last week. (Stupidly, thinking I was getting a regular cleaning the first time, I said, "No, I don't need anesthesia.") Boy was that weird. Because she was only working on one quarter of the teeth, only half of my mouth/tongue/face were numb.
Outside, I could only feel rain falling on half of my face. Trying to drink through a straw was...interesting. Even singing along with the radio felt bizarre.
And both times I have been numb I have been paranoid for hours afterwards that I am drooling.
I have been promised by everyone that they would tell me.
And you would, wouldn't you?