October 25, 2011

Curly Fries and Cavities

Curly Fries
French fries are good. Curly fries are even better.

This was part of my lunch the other day.
Yes, they were as delicious as they look.

Each time I eat curly fries, I'm reminded of the Hardee's restaurant that used to be next to my dad's pediatric dentist office. I remember my mom taking us to eat there before our check-ups and sometimes when we were just stopping by the office to say hi or drop Costco/Sam's Club supplies off.
Am I remembering that accurately, mom?

Cavities
Speaking of dentist visits, most of my check-ups ended with all smiles. That's what you'd expect of a dentist's kid, right? Well, not all of my visits were clean. In fact, I'd venture to say I am the sibling that had the most cavities.

Darn (and beloved) sweet tooth. Still afflicts (and overjoys) me. Luckily I've learned to floss and brush better, so haven't had a cavity in years--knock on wood.

So I always loved going to the dentist, because I was happy to see my dad. What do you guys think of dental check-ups? Are they better or worse for you as an adult than they were as a kid?

11 comments:

  1. As a perfectionist and ardent people-pleaser, I always loved going to the dentist because I knew I was going to succeed and please the dentist with my perfect and cavity-free teeth. I got my first cavity and my first B in college. I think I was 20? The dentist said that it was the Utah water since they didn't add fluoride. Darn them! So I had a few cavities in college, but since moving back to the land of fluoride-enhanced water, I've been cavity free. So I love going to the dentist again. :)
    That's probably more than anyone ever wanted to know about my teeth...

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    1. My dad would have loved having you as a patient, Jen! And I'm glad both of us have gotten back on the no-cavities train. Way to go, us!

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  2. Oh I loved Hardee's when I was younger, their breakfast was awesome!I haven't ever had a hard time with the dentist, I had my first cavity at 27 and it wasn't even a bad one. I pretty much have a perfect dental record :)

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    1. That's impressive! I'm pretty jealous of your dental success!

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  3. Jen, once again...we must be from the same family! I LOVE going to the dentist and have never understood while people dislike it so much. Also, I never had a cavity until my last checkup in May. It was a sad, sad day for me!

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    1. Wow, only one cavity in your whole life?! That's incredible! Hope you're staying cavity-free on the mission, Cheri!

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  4. Being married to a soon to be dentist does't make me love it anymore, I still hate going, even with my hubby as my dentist. Go figure! However, I am glad that it now means I'll always have a nice smile. I guess that's something I can be happy about, that and having an endless supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste.

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    1. I think it'll definitely be a good thing for you and your kiddos, Amy. Having a dentist in the family is awesome (though I clearly am very biased on this issue).

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  5. any chance you can send me a file of your excellent curly fries pic? I want to use it in a short comedy video, can give you credit for the photo, but the skit is only about a minute long. Thanks for any help, G
    chezgee@gmail.com

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    1. Happy to see the video turned out well. Thanks for including my pic!

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  6. There's no cavity or dental problem that can't be solved; you just have to get help from a dentist as early as possible. No matter how many cavities you have, regular check-up and cleaning can take it away. Developing the habit of proper dental hygiene, like flossing and brushing your teeth, is the best way to keep your teeth healthy.

    -Lenita Shives @ Dentist4Life

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