Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Cavities.
Ah, what might have been ….
This is the ADA risk assessment form for tooth decay:
If you have reason to believe you have untreated cavities, or are frustrated by getting cavities a lot in your life, please fill out this form and bring it in to our office for discussion with Dr. Kuang, Dr. Conover or Dr. Wilson, and our hygienists Maryanne and Melissa. We have learned many strategies that prevent cavities and are quite skilled at designing preventive programs for our patients.
(“Caries” is the scientific term for “cavities.” Every time you see the word caries on the form, they are referring to cavities in human teeth.)
We love to repair the damage caused to teeth by cavities. But we only want to do it once for any given person! Let’s work together to stop the recurrences of one of mankind’s very most common diseases.
Here is information from the N.I.H. on the prevalence of caries in America today:
Oh, and if you’re looking for motivation to get started on the path to better dental health, here’s some motivation of the humorous variety: