I had my biannual dentist check-up and cleaning this week. I've never liked going to the dentist. (Does anyone?) Someone poking around in your mouth, the weird smells, that awful buzzing sound...yuck.
But I didn't realize that even the dentist would be one more reminder of our childlessness! Appointments every six months remind me that I've passed another landmark of "timeframe within which normally healthy people conceive." Bummer.
And once, a year and a half ago I think, my dentist visit happened to be right at the end of my cycle - just late enough to wonder "Am I....?" but still to early to test. So when they said I was due for x-rays, I said, "Well, I might be pregnant." (What else could I do? If I was - which I obviously wasn't - there's no way I want my baby fried by x-rays just so the dentist could see if I had any cavities!!)
They were nice about not doing the x-rays, but it got awkward. The dentist looked at my chart and said, "Well, congratulations!" eeeeek! I might be pregnant, I said. (Do I have to explain the basics of a woman's cycle??) I remember him even telling me that my teeth were probably extra-sensitive because of the pg hormones. I think it was because I don't floss enough....
So now that line is forever on my dentist's chart: such and such date, "might be pregnant." Thank God my hygenist is tactful and only asked about that the very next visit, and not since then. And I just hope and pray that my visit falls early in my cycle so I can get my x-rays with no fear and without making a fool of myself again!
I did think of one advantage that IF has brought vis a vis the dentist: compared to getting an HSG or sonohysterogram done, getting my teeth cleaned is a total walk in the park!! (find the silver lining... =))