I went to my 6-month dentist appointment for my routine cleaning and exam yesterday. I’ve always had fairly good teeth and been pretty good at taking care of them (okay lie-I fail at flossing). I haven’t needed much dental work other than braces, wisdom teeth removal and two cavities. Not so bad. In addition to the exam cleaning, I was also due for xrays which we took at the beginning of the appointment. What a surprise I got.
I have four spots in between my teeth that need a filling. Yes, FOUR! I haven’t felt any pain or sensitivity so this was a rather huge surprise. My dentist was pretty frank with me too. He said that these cavities are basically the result of two things 1) too much sugar 2) not flossing. My cavities were the direct result of my lifestyle. I am completely, 100% responsible for those cavities.
On my way out of the office, I scheduled my appointment for the fillings and received an estimate for the out-of-pocket piece I would be responsible for paying (My insurance will only cover about 50% of the cost). Want to know how much those four cavities are going to cost me? $750. Yep, nearly a grand to fix a problem that could have easily been avoided altogether. I knew it was going to be bad- but not that bad. I’m calling these cavities my junk food tax. That’s what you get for eating too much junk food and not taking good enough care of youself.
A Wake Up Call
I’m not going to lie, I totally cried on my way back to work (This appointment was over my lunch break). I was freaking out about how expensive these fillings were going to be and mad at myself for being so dumb. I just hope that I can fix this problem now while I’m young.
I’ve started to evaluate my diet. I definitely have a sweet tooth and am also bad about snacking throughout the day. In addition, I need to get more exercise in. These are changes that I can make and are completely in my control. So far, I’ve cut down on snacking and sugar. I’m actually doing pretty good. I am still working on finding a realistic exercise plan that I’ll be able to incorporate into my schedule and stick to.
I Don’t Want to Pay more Junk Food Tax!
A $750 visit to the dentist is my junk food tax. That’s very expensive. This was my wake up call to be a healthier person. Being a healthy person is more affordable. While cavities are a fairly minor issue, there are some much more serious side effects to sugar such as weight gain and diabetes. I’m sure these issues are much more serious and expensive to deal with. If I can at all avoid it, I want to spend as little time as possible going to the doctor, buying prescriptions and dealing with various ailments in my lifetime. I want to be a healthy person and enjoy my life as much as possible. Point is, I’m ready to change and become a healthier person.
Have you paid the junk food tax? Are you working on creating a healthier lifestyle? Any Advice?
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