As I sat in the chair yesterday having my teeth cleaned, I remembered I intended to write a sequel to this post.
Later, in my first appointment with my new dentist.
Dentist: I noticed a bit of wear on your teeth.
Me: What would that be from?
Dentist: Well, most often stress.
Dentist: It doesn't appear to be old damage. I don't mean to pry, but would you have gone through a stressful period in the past two years?
Me: Oh, yes. I would say so.
Dentist: Have you had headaches?
Me: Yeah. And I never had them before.
Dentist: Most often in the morning, I bet. After a night with clenched, grinding teeth.
Me: Wow. You're totally right.
Dentist: I wouldn't even mention any of this if I didn't see evidence of improvement.
Me: You can see that?
Dentist: Looks to me like you haven't been grinding in the past several months, maybe half a year. Which tells me things are maybe better than they were?
I stare at him a moment.
Me: Can we set up a counseling schedule?