Tuesday, June 14, 2005

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach. I had to go to the dentist to get a cavity fixed and a crown put over the tooth. I dread going to the dentist. I should be an old pro at it. I think every tooth in my mouth has had a cavity. A sad confession, I know. Some of you are probably thinking that I don't brush my teeth. I DO! And I floss every day...and use mouth wash. So I'm always depressed when I leave the dentist's office with the news that I have 4 big cavities...or that I have to have root canal. I'm too young for all of these problems!

I've tried telling Matt that having bad teeth runs in my family. I think he thinks I hide in a corner and eat gummy candy all day and chew on sugary gum. I don't! The frustrating part is that the "bad teeth gene" in my family is selective. My grandmother (who had all her teeth pulled at age 34) passed it on to my mom, who passed it on to me. Of course my brother and sister never have cavities when they go to the dentist. Do you really think my sister ever brushed her teeth from the age of 4-14? I think she would proudly admit to that fact.

I sat in the dentist's chair today and thought of so many other things I'd rather be doing. I honestly thought at one point (when he couldn't get my tooth numb, but kept drilling anyway) that I would be rather be giving birth than sitting there with that drill in my mouth. I know that sounds drastic, and I've never actually given birth...I did however check with my mother tonight. I told her my theory about childbirth and going to the dentist and she agreed. She even gave birth 3 times without an epidural. So she's a reliable source. I went to Target tonight to get a new bottle of advil so I should be fine...just chewing a little bit slower...and praying I don't have to go back to see my dentist anytime soon. I know...I'm such a wimp!

9 comments:

GSub said...

I think Jordan would proudly admit that she doesn't shower everyday even now in college! I have the same fears about the ear doctor that you have about the dentist. Be careful when Matt is dunking you in the pool!

RPorche said...

Jenna! Have you ever seen Billy Cosby "Himself"? He talks a lot about his experiences with the dentist and it's hilarious. I got to see Jordan last week at Kadesh. She was promoted to a group leader! Wow!

And tell Matt that I think he is taking out his pool-dunking frustration on you because of all the times I dunked him in the Lytle pool. (riiiiiight....)

RPorche said...

That's Bill Cosby, not Billy. He and I are on a first name basis.

Lauren said...

Jenna,
I too do not enjoy the dentist. I can definitely feel your pain. My dentist, God bless the dear man, is not at all gentle in any way shape or form!! Everytime I walk out of that office I am in more severe pain than when I entered. I also think that every tooth that presents a problem means cha ching and produces a very evil grin! I pray that God blesses that sweet mouth of yours. My dad always tells my mom that he probably wouldn't have married her if he had taken one look inside her mouth beforehand. Ha Ha. Be blessed.

tine said...

you are very right...dentists are just scary...and that's all i have to say about that

jocelyn said...

Jenna,

I think you may have something there with the whole I'd-rather-be-giving-birth idea. I mean, I've never given birth, so I don't really know...but it seems like it would be easier to endure the pain because you know at the end you'll have a brand new little baby. But at the dentist, you have no such hope. All you end up with is a sore mouth and bleeding gums!

I'm proud of you for sticking it out!
Joci

Matt Pinson said...

You have always had chalk teeth. But I have a theory that excessive brushing and flossing weakens your teeth. It is totally not backed up by anything except, it seems like all the people I know who brush three times a day and floss and all that always seem to get cavities. So maybe try just brushing when you get up in the morning and not worrying about anything else. Or maybe don't brush at all, that works for Andrew.

K Speck said...

Hey Jenna! This is Kelly (Shunk) Speck and I just found your blog- I love it! Congrats on being an aunt! Please give Justin and Hollie a bit hug for us- their baby girl is precious......

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