7 Surprising Lessons from the Dentist’s Office

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  1. Oh my gosh! I do the same thing! I tried the over-the-counter mouth guard. It made my teeth hurt worse. So I gave up on it. Still can’t bring myself to pay the dentist for the professional-fit mouth guard. Maybe I would if they’d bring that price tag down a bit. Well, more than a bit. I’m also in need of more fillings because of grinding and hard brushing. Electric brushes help. Trouble is, I’m so accustomed to manual brushing, that I often find excuses to do it the old fashioned way rather than use the perfectly good electric brush I have. Do you do that too, or am I the only one?

    1. Oh, Melissa! Feeling your pain. I actually never considered using a battery-operated toothbrush, but I’m not sure why not? (My kids each have one.) Maybe I’ll have to try one out! Here’s hoping your dental work is pain-free and not too expensive!

  2. I feel your pain! I’m a teeth-grinder as well. I paid $500 for a custom-made mouthguard and can’t stand the thing, but I wear it. After grumbling for five minutes. Did you buy yours over the counter?

    1. Diane, teeth grinders unite? 😉 Yes, over the counter. Needs replacing a few times a year but not as hefty a price as yours! (Yikes.) Did you wear an over the counter one before your custom-made?

  3. Oh, Pearl, I feel bad about how much I enjoyed the story of your dentist visits… I know it couldn’t have been fun to go through, but I’m so glad you shared this lesson that you learned. I highlighted the first sentence of #4 as I was reading, intending to tell you what a great line it was, and then you just kept going with that beautiful example of accepting grace instead of punishing ourselves. So the whole #4. Wow. Thank you for sharing your story and for this beautiful application!

  4. ….HA! Hahahaha!

    This was seriously sweet coffee to me after a breakneck gauntlet of “must-get-dones.”

    You are really progressing as a writer, you know that? (I say that like I’m somebody to say that, but anyways…:)

    Seriously. I feel like I just got done running a marathon and somebody done handed me Dippin Dots and pointed the way to the beach. Thanks.

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