I admit upfront, this is a pity post.
I caught wind of a study done regarding dental work and miscarriage rates shortly after I had Bluebird. Apparently there was a correlation, but not enough research had been done to draw a concrete conclusion.
Well, I got pregnant for the second time, went to the dentist and shortly thereafter had a miscarriage. I got pregnant the third time, had another dental check-up and miscarried again. And it spooked me, bad. So I haven't been to the dentist since--and that was three years ago. (And, thankfully, I haven't had any more miscarriages.)
Unfortunately, one of my teeth started to hurt last week, requiring a visit to the dentist this morning. And, even more unfortunately, the visit started off with the dentist taking a look at my x-rays and saying, "Whoa!"
Not a good sign.
So now I've got a tube of prescription tooth paste (that cost $10), a referral card to a periodontist to talk about gum grafts (yeah, I know...), and an appointment to fill two cavities, one of which is a huge, gaping void and has the very good potential of requiring a root canal.
I suppose it's a small price to pay considering that, if the study was true, I got two more children out of the deal.