As I mentioned last week, we just cancelled our cable because we got a digital converter box. A few days before, while I was pondering what we’d do with the money we were spending on cable, I opened a letter from our health insurance provider.
The letter reminded me that I was eligible for dental insurance for about $12/month. This would cover two free cleanings a year and give huge discounts on any work that needed to be done.
Well, I’m not sure that I need dental insurance. Being married has increased my already good dental hygiene. I now floss daily, in addition to brushing. Micah and I are both pretty conscientious about our teeth.
But I had a scare a month ago which now makes dental insurance much more appealing. For some reason, the gum has pulled up a bit on just one tooth. It may be from overbrushing. Anyway, the newly-exposed tooth surface was causing me a lot of pain.
Micah been to see a dentist some years back about something similar and they said that it was overbrushing. They also had him start rinsing with ACT twice a day. I bought a soft brush and started rinsing and now everything feels better.
Before the solution kicked in, I began worrying about my teeth. What if there was something that would require surgery? What if I got a cavity? My dentist told me I have some deep, cavity-prone crevices in my teeth that he was keeping an eye on. I have four fillings already (despite good brushing it’s hard to get into these crevices).
I asked Micah what he thought and he said that it made sense to reroute the cable money to dental insurance. It’ll prove peace of mind, it won’t cost much more than we were paying for cable, it’ll help us catch any problems early (since we weren’t getting regular checkups), and I must be a masochist because I really enjoy going to the dentist.
Until this last month, dental insurance was one of those things that I didn’t think we needed right now. But my tooth scare has reshaped my thinking. Since we can afford it, I think it’s better to go on the side of caution.