Last week I had my teeth cleaned and fitted for a retainer at the Saipan Seventh Day Adventist Dental Clinic. Bev, everyone's favorite dental hygienist, scraped, polished, and flossed my pearly not-so-whites.
This was my first time at the dentist since early 2005. The last time before that was late 2002. The time before that I was in high school.
Yeah, I'm that guy. I suck. Please keep your tooth jokes to yourself.
I haven't gone to the dentist that much in the last, well, decade, because I'm one of those 40 million Americans who doesn't have health insurance. If I go, I have to pay full price.
The only times I've gone are those occasions when I'm insured and I've never carried insurance for more than a year.
Well, enough was enough. Even though I'm still uninsured, I made an appointment at the SDA clinic. They are running a $55 special, so the timing was perfect.
I also finally decided to spurge on that retainer. Yeah. A retainer.
I've known for a few years that I grind my teeth in my sleep, and I need a mouth guard to keep me from grinding my teeth away.
Well, I splurged. I had my teeth fitted last week and this afternoon I picked up my specially made clear tooth guards. I had to pay full price, but full price was very reasonable.
Too bad I'm a gagger. I feel like throwing up after having them in for five minutes.
I'm going to have to work on that.
So to recap:
SDA Clinic: Good
Tooth Cleaning: Good Price
Gagging: Not good
I forgot to mention that the cleanings come with a dental exam. Full mouth x-rays are only $45 dollars extra (reg price $102). The deal runs all the way till the end of October to commemorate National Dental Hygiene Month.
...and I promise to floss.