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Flossing Better

This may seem like a weird topic for my blog, but it’s at the forefront of my mind today. Just about everyone is aware that proper flossing is something that should be done daily, but if anyone is like me, it may not always rank as one of those things that must be done on a daily basis — at least until now for me, that is. In my defense, I have been flossing almost every day. I have also been brushing my teeth on a regular basis. It is now apparent to me that my daily routine has not been good enough. As of today I am committing to do better because if I don’t I may slowly and painfully lose my teeth. Seems like the fear has been put in me, doesn’t it? I have only one tooth that has a problem for now. And I plan to keep it that way. But even one is one too many. I just had my first appointment with the periodontist this morning. She asked if I had noticed that my tooth was moving. I had not, but that made me no less panicked when I realized she had noticed it was moving. I held my breath as she made her way across my other teeth dictating probing depths ranging from 1 to 3 which is normal, and sometimes even a 4 which is moderately concerning. But I knew when she got to that #19 tooth and gave it a ‘6’ probing depth that she indeed concurred with the dentist who had sent me there.

I have an appointment in two weeks to have laser periodontal therapy on tooth #19. I will then eat mushy food for a week, and if I am a good patient to also follow all the other instructions, I may just get to keep #19. As for the rest of my teeth, I am going to work hard to make sure they never have to feel that little laser.

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