At 8 am Thursday morning, both Maren and Brad Cupit sat in the dental office at 2 different locations. It turns out that both parents have been grinding and/or clenching their teeth lately, resulting in worn down enamel for Brad and a little jaw discomfort for Maren.
Brad's dentist asked explained that this condition happens usually in three different scenarios. 1. Misaligned bite 2. Trauma to the head 3. Stress. While his bite is pretty decent, Brad is 2 for 3.
Maren's dentist asked if she had been in a car accident in the last 5 years. "Yes." He then asked if she was under any stress in the past few months. She couldn't help but smile. He said, "what do you do for a living?" He looked just a little confused when she said she stayed at home. Then he asked how old her children were. Upon learning that she takes care of a 3 year old and a 20 month old, he seemed to understand. He also asked about exercise. Well, this certainly is an area for improvement. Ever since Jazzercise shut down a few months ago, scheduled exercise has been neglected.
Brad's dentist recommended a special contraption for his teeth to wear at night to prevent further damage. Maren's dentist recommended a lifestyle change. Hmmm, add exercise and tell the kids to fast forward a few years? Maybe adding the right amount of exercise will allow both parents to relax...just a little!