A map of my mouth.
This is the note I should bring to every dental appointment:
Why, yes, I am a mouth breather.
Isn’t it fascinating that I still have four baby teeth*?
I really don’t care which flavor of toothpaste you use because the taste of dentist’s toothpaste makes me gag.
I had a really bad experience with fluoride treatment as a child**, so I will always decline it.
*Two lower premolars never had adult teeth associated with them; two upper canines had impacted adult teeth associated with them. (The oral surgery to remove the impacted adult canines was much worse than having my wisdom teeth out. MUCH WORSE.)
**Speaking of my gag reflex, it came into play with the flouride-treated cotton strips one time. When it came time for the hygienist to remove the cotton, I started gagging…then the slippery cotton strip went right down my throat. (No, nope ER visit or anything out of that, just a silly story to tell twenty years later.)