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'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a big fat lie

Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Lifestyles

LOS ANGELES -- I went to my dentist earlier this year for a regular checkup, and he made a series of observations nobody wants to hear.

I had a cavity.

It was under a crown.

And the crown was next to a wisdom tooth that might have to be yanked to make room for him to saw off the crown and fix the cavity.

So I went to see an oral surgeon, who had his own set of progressively worse observations.

Yes, the wisdom tooth would have to come out.

 

But an X-ray showed another cavity under another crown.

And the second cavity was worse than the first, and deep enough that I might need that tooth yanked out of my head as well.

OK, swell. But my pacemaker battery was running low, and what if it conked out in the middle of an extraction?

It's not as if I haven't tried to stay on top of things — I walk, swim, ride a bike, brush and floss and eat reasonably, at least some of the time. But whoever said an apple a day keeps the doctor away was lying.

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