STORY TIME: One of my friends was going to school for dentistry and needed people to come in for some practicing. Well I went in last year and they cleaned my teeth and did an x-ray. Now, I’ve always been told that I don’t need my wisdom teeth removed. But when my x-rays came back, her mentor told me I should get them taken out. I explained that I had always been told I could keep them. He seemed concerned, and called over yet another dentist and they all started looking at my x-rays. Turns out I had not 4, but 5 wisdom teeth. And the 5th one was way up there and it looked like it could grow upwards into my head rather than down into my mouth. So, to wrap it up, I had all 5 taken out at once with just some laughing gas and novacaine even though they had to dig for that last one. Thank you for listening.
At semi-annual checkups, my dentist would lobby hard for me to floss more (or at all). This went on for years until I finally got the message (slow on the uptake). Now I am a fanatical flosser, no cavities for years, no more bleeding gums and at checkups the hygienist complements me on my home care.