Sunday, January 19, 2014

Taking a bite out of my to-do list: Dental Work

One of my goals for this year was to finally take care of a laundry list of dental care items that I've put off for far too long now. I had the basic cleaning done, a filling, a post-and-crown put in, all soon to be followed by the extraction of two wisdom teeth.
 
My newly renovated choppers on display

I've known these things needed doing since 2011, but I couldn't afford to do it at that time. Then the foster kids came and I didn't have the time. Now, fashionably late by a year or two, I'm finally getting around to it. While I'm not at all enamored with the expense or the discomfort of doing so much dental work at once, I am kind of enjoying checking it off my "to do" list.

So how does all this fit into my three year plan? Why does it matter enough to be blogging about it?

It really all comes down to this: if you don't take care of the machinery it breaks down. What good is achieving any life goal if you're health and well-being had to be sacrificed to get you there?

One thing living life in the Slow Lane has taught me is putting things off might make today easier, but it makes tomorrow that much harder. Being proactive not just with my money and my writing, but with self-care, is going to be key to getting from where I am today to where I hope to be tomorrow.

I am fortunate that I have both medical and dental coverage at work, but if you don't and if you can't find a dentist in your area who works on a sliding scale, you might try looking for a Federally Qualified Health Center. You will find more than just dental care there, so check them out.

Until next time, here's reminding you not to forget to floss, from the Slow Lane.