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Dentist Appointment on Hold
Sufficient physical changes have occurred since last visiting my dentist, prompting an appointment. I can’t remember when my last visit was, but I emerged with a renewed partial top plate. The previous one somehow escaped during a hunting trip and became victim to someone’s big foot. I presume it was clad because no one complained of a bite mark. Anyway I still had my partial bottom plate intact, assuring I wasn’t going to get skinny during the remainder of the trip. Unfortunately some years later, during a fishing trip this time, my top choppers disappeared once more. Sadly, never again to be found.
Dentist David will be a little amused, or maybe bewildered might be a better term. It may be presumptuous, but I have a feeling he may explain the advantages of replacing the remainder of my top teeth with a full plate. The thought makes me shudder a little, because I’m not only used to the way I look, but I contemplate adjusting to extra stuff in my mouth will test my patients. The probability of my dentures being left in the bathroom during the night is real and gets me thinking, ‘will my wife still react positively to a smile in the morning’? ‘Will I still be able to whistle my dog without her snapping a look in my direction wondering, ‘what was that noise meant to be’? Will my dentures stick to something sticky and become unhinged? Will they drop down when I laugh,? like my mother in laws’ did on occasions, much to her embarrassment. Would hunting and fishing trips have to be reassessed?
Too many questions. Already I’m beginning to think maybe my dental appointment could be put off for a little while longer. There is however, an upside to wearing even part dentures, they are great for teasing grandchildren with. Any of the dozen party tricks involving false teeth possibly wouldn’t fall into an upside category.
If for only one reason aging is the pits, packing to travel comes to mind. Medication, even if only for achy joints. Reading glasses. Hearing aids and accessories. Sun hat to cover a more exposed head, and an extra pear of undies, have become, for some of us at least, ‘the norm’. Finally we are well up the road, a cold shiver shoots up my spine, ‘have I remembered my teeth’? I roll my tongue around my mouth to check, not making mention.