it took the hygenist an HOUR to clean my teeth. those are some stained teeth. then they took a ton of x-rays. (resulting in a 2 hour appointment) now apparently, while i was on my dentist hiatus, they invested in some wicked technology that when they x-ray your teeth, the x-rays pop up on a computer screen next to my chair! very cool. so though it had been 3 years, i was looking at these xrays thinking that my teeth were looking pretty good - no black holes anywhere.
then the dentist came in and burst my bubble. after 28 years of no cavities...i now have four. FOUR. i honestly felt like crying. silly, i know. but i'd never had a cavity and now i had four? ugh. the dentist said that when you're pregnant, the baby saps a lot of calcium from you and he attributes that to the reason i've never had a cavity and now have so many. two need fillings but two, however, could be "healed". if i floss at least once a day and rise before bed with a flouride rinse like Oral-B, i could actually reduce the cavities because they haven't yet hit the enamel. hello flossing TWICE a day.
then the decision of silver vs. white fillings came up. i couldn't believe what a difficult time i had making this decision. i know that people are having their silver fillings being taken out to have them replaced because of the mercury so i asked about this. she had lots of info and studies to back her up that actually, that mercury isn't doing anything in your body. plus, these silver fillings last almost DOUBLE the amount of time in your teeth. why would i want something that's not going to last as long? a difficult decision.
anyways, i'm back in the chair tomorrow to get one of my fillings and then in a few weeks for the next one. until then, i'll be working on healing my cavities...?