I skipped going to the dentist for a few years, and that was a big mistake. When I finally went for a check up last year, I had a lot of cavities and needed at least 3 root canals. Yikes! My teeth were impeccably clean – no tartar at all – but full of cavities nonetheless.
I had 3 root canals and completed several fillings; had 3 crowns and two cleanings plus a whitening session; all in 2008. Because I had “regular” dental insurance, I ended up paying well over $6k out of pocket for that work.
This year, I increased my dental insurance and set up a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work so that I could save money on a pre-tax basis in order to better afford doing the rest of the work.
I got three more fillings this past Monday, and am going in for two more fillings today.
I take a lot of pride in my grooming and in putting forth an external appearance that pleases me. Keeping my teeth clean isn’t enough – if I want the insides to be as nice as the outsides, I need to finish fixing all my teeth – and then stick with a regular professional cleaning and maintenance program going forward.