Whenever I come back from a dental cleaning (like this morning), I always feel guilty about eating anything sweet for the rest of the day. And if I do manage to eat something "bad" I must immediately brush my teeth.

Seriously. It's some sort of short-term obsessive compulsive sort of thing.

It's too bad this doesn't last more than one day. And it's really too bad it never kicked in when I was younger. It would have saved countless dental procedures and lots of insurance money over the years.

On the plus side, I've been taking much much better care of my teeth in the last 4 years. I really should have listened to my grandparent's advice about not taking my teeth for granted, because when they're gone they're gone. You only get one set.

Anyway, don't mess around with your teeth.

Floss. Get an electric toothbrush. Use fluoride rinse. Repeat.

Posted by jzawodn at August 05, 2003 11:09 AM

Reader Comments
# Charles said:

Hey, I just got back from the dentist too. You should go read the NYTimes.com site today, the Health section has a dental theme. There is one particularly interesting article about new research indicating tooth decay and gum disease can cause strokes, heart attacks, and arteriosclerosis.

on August 5, 2003 11:24 AM
# Justin said:

What's so special about an electric toothbrush?

on August 5, 2003 11:37 AM
# kasia said:

In all honesty? The best thing about it is the timer.. it makes you actually brush your teeth for 2 minutes.

on August 5, 2003 12:31 PM
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