Because today is National Tooth Fairy Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Tooth. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
Buckle up, kids. You’re about to hear my conspiracy theory about the dentist. Ready?
For the vast majority of my life I lived cavity free. In fact, I spent a good chunk of my adult life ignoring suggestions to visit a dentist for regular cleanings and what not. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to ignore my oral health forever. Because I was well aware of the problem I had with all four of my wisdom teeth.
So I found a good dentist in 2013. They took the X-rays and, sure enough, I had four jacked up wisdom teeth. I was referred to a surgeon who took care of those pesky teeth a few weeks later. The amazing part of that first dental visit in probably 20 years was that I had zero cavities.
I was amazed. I mean, yeah, I brush on the regular. But I never floss. And I drink soda like it’s going out of style. Nary a cavity to be found.
Once I was all healed up, I returned to my new dentist for my first cleaning. Still no cavities…
Then I went back six months later for my next regular cleaning. And what did they find but four cavities.
Explain to me how I could go 33 years without developing a single cavity but I can go in for my first cleaning and then only six months later discover I need to have four cavities filled. How?
My theory? The cleanings that we receive in the dentist’s chair make our teeth more vulnerable so that we will have to return again and again for more expensive procedures.
Which then leads to the question, why would dentists put their seal of approval on brands of toothpaste and mouthwash that prevent us from getting cavities or developing gum issues?
The entire dental profession is a scam. I welcome debate in the comments. Prove me wrong.
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