Saturday, November 04, 2006

Friday Five: Nothing But the Tooth

1. The Tooth Fairy
She only brought me ten cents per tooth, but I believe that was the going rate in my neighborhood at the time. One morning I awoke to tooth still under the pillow! The Tooth Fairy had forgotten me! I wailed to my mother, and lo and behold, by the time I had finished breakfast, the Tooth Fairy had arrived. Her tardiness didn't bother me. (Now I understand how exhausted the Tooth Fairy often was by bedtime. It's a credit to her that she only forgot once, in all those years.)

2. Flossing
No, I don't do it every day. Yes, I should. Next topic.

3. Toothpaste Brands
Whatever is cheapest. Usually that's Aim or Ultra Brite. Toothpaste is toothpaste. The Scientist was always partial to Colgate until I told him it's one of the most expensive brands. Now he uses whatever I bring home.

4. Orthodontia for Adults
Why not? Maybe your parents couldn't afford braces when you were a kid. If you need it and want it, go for it.

5. Whitening Products
Thank God I don't remember this, but I was very anemic as a baby and had to take iron shots in my head! The iron caused my teeth to come in darker than the average person's teeth. Although I was always mildly self-conscious about it, I never did anything about it until my 20th high school reunion was on the horizon. I went the whole nine yards with the mouth mold and the expensive stuff from the dentist, and it was well worth it. My creepy-looking little plaster jaws broke a long time ago, but I still have the little plastic things that fit over my teeth, and use them occasionally.


DogBlogger said...

Re: #3, Ultra Brite is The Typist's favorite. She went looking for it because she was feeling nostalgic -- it's what her parents used in the '70s -- and then saw how cheap it was and is hooked.

Me, I guess the beef-flavored stuff they use to brush our teeth is okay. The Boy positively loves the taste; I, on the other hand, recognize it as a convenient distraction from what they're actually trying to get into my mouth.


revabi said...

Right there with you.

Glad you took care of yourself with your whitening. Can't imagine going with dark teeth at a young age.

Songbird said...

If it's any consolation, the person who asked the question is in the same flossing category...