Saturday, March 25, 2006
Going to the Dentist
I confess, I have put it off. I rarely get cavities, but do build up plaque, and my dentist in Michigan recommended that I have cleanings every 4 months or so, rather than the normal twice a year. I have put it off while here, and now it has been over a year since I had my teeth cleaned. Other health stuff I have attended to, such as having thyroid and blood pressure tests, but this is just one I have let go. So today I finally went.
It was one of the most gentle and high tech cleanings I've had, and though not inexpensive by Indian standards, was still much less than in the U.S. They even put numbing gel on your gums to reduce the discomfort. One thing I found out is that I am not drinking nearly enough water. The dentist, a woman, could tell this from my gums and even from my teeth. I drink a large bottle a day, but apparently should have two or three. The heat here means that you have to work constantly at keeping hydrated. It is starting to get hot and humid again, working up to the peak heat in May.
In other news, Roberta leaves on Wednesday for the States. She was going to stay until the middle of April, but there is a Southern Courier reunion (she used to be a civil rights reporter) in Montgomery, Alabama that she doesn't want to miss. We will miss having her company.
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