Health is Wealth: Adventures with the Dentist

As I’m writing this, I’m currently sitting at the dentist’s office, kicking myself for a lifetime of bad dental habits and ‘sweet tooth’ excuses. The front desk receptionist is reviewing what I owe for today’s appointment ($168), what I will owe to get my second root canal done ($355), and what I will owe if I get my second root canal done and my first one retreated ($1558).

I’m beginning to understand what people mean when they say, “Health is wealth.”

Lucky for me, there may be a cheaper solution. Years ago, my mother introduced me to the book, Cure Tooth Decay, which teaches how to remineralize teeth using a new diet. I can’t say whether my minimal application of the new diet actually did anything, but a lot people online swear by it so, hey – I’ll give it another shot.

I hope I’ll give it another shot. Work has left me pretty exhausted lately, so my willingness to try new things is running low.

I’ll ponder the matter for a bit and try to come up with a plan. In the meantime, thank God for emergency funds.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Mr. Groovy April 6, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Hey, Katasha. Sorry to hear about your dental woes. Not fun. Thank god you have an emergency fund to help ease the financial jolt. Only recently have I started to understand the importance of diet. I dramatically reduced my bread and sugar intake and lost almost 30 pounds. I’ve been reading a lot lately about gut health. Apparently sugar allows the bad bacteria in your stomach to thrive. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that a proper diet can improve one’s teeth. Thanks for sharing your story. And thanks for the reading suggestion. I’m definitely putting “Cure Tooth Decay” on my reading list.

    • Reply Katasha April 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Yeah, no problem – and congratulations on cutting out the sugar, that is so HARD!
      Getting rid of bread has been on my list for years, but it’s just so darn good! But, unfortunately, it looks like I’ll have to in order to take care of my health.

  • Reply N June 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Take care of your oral health, and you will be a lot healthier. People with good oral hygiene – flossing, water pikking, brushing – and regular dental care all add up to overall health, according to various studies. And it makes sense. Your mouth is really an entrance to your body, so keep it clean! Less respiratory problems, and so on. You are definitely worth it!

    I found your blog via your comments on Kara’s . . . keep up the hard work! I think you are doing great. It is a hard trip (I know, I am on it, and a lot lot older) but one worth doing.

    Cheers, Katasha!

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