Because I'm still fairly young, my gradual progression to Real Adulthood is still comprised of obvious markers: graduating from college, moving into my own place, getting a Real Job (still working on that one -- hopefully in the next few weeks).
Now I'm entering that world that my parents and grandparents (and the British) know all too well: a close financial relationship with your dentist.
I'm part of that generation where fluoridated water was touted as a cure-all for dental problems. And it was. Sure, I still go to the dentist every six months, but I've been able to reap all the benefits of my cohort's shiny, white, natural teeth.
I only have one filling, and might I add, it was not my fault. The grooves in my molar were exceedingly deep, and regardless of my brushing intensity, a cavity was inevitable. Fine -- I can live with one filling; I hardly remember the experience anyway.
Well, it was fine until that molar, my one less-than perfect tooth, cracked in half Saturday night. Now I feel myself joining my parent's version of adulthood -- my dad confessed to me last night that he probably only has six teeth without crowns or that aren't downright false. My mom is slightly better, though she's popped a few crowns recently and had a several root canals. Ouch.
So now I journey to the dentist chair, which goes without saying, is one of my least favorite places to be. My parents think it will cost $400. Geez! Let's hope the rest of my perfect teeth stay that way, and this is as far as I go into that part of adulthood for awhile.