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Dental Cleaning
"Oh, I meant to tell you," I said to my coworker this afternoon. "I have a dentist appointment this afternoon at two."

"Oh, yuck," he said.

"It's just for a cleaning, so it shouldn't take that long."

"Still, dentists. Yuck."

"Yes, I agree. I'm trying to be brave."

...and I was fairly brave. You could hardly tell how unhappy I was, unless you looked at my hands. Semi-hidden in my lap, they were tensed up like claws, clutching at the air, almost strangling the suction tube she made me hold. I couldn't control them. Well I could change their position, but I couldn't relax the least bit.

Eventually the appointment ended without any cavities found, so hooray for that! The hygienist was unimpressive though. She took the longest time EVER in polishing my teeth, and I don't think she even did a thorough job. She would spend many seconds on one spot on my tooth, polishing and spinning away, then she would skip the tooth's other side altogether.

On the other hand, she did a thorough job with the nasty scraping, which is probably more important to my dental health. And I just wanted to be free, so I didn't mention it.

My dentist asked about the strange mouth/throat/whatever infection I'd had, that started over a month ago and only seems to have ended last week. I told her that, after two courses of antibiotics, I seem to be practically over it. Finally! She examined me and noted that my gums and neck glands are still a bit inflamed, but agreed that it seems to be on its way out. I sure hope so, and I hope it doesn't return. She reminded me to be extra-vigilant in keeping my mouth clean, because mouths are full of bacteria. Icky.

I got a new toothbrush, some toothpaste, and dental floss. So at least the visit was ALL bad!

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simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: April 20th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I was at the dentist today, too ... bleah! but hey, yay for nitrous oxide! ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 20th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Nitrous oxide sure does help, yes! But dentists are still sucky. Feel better quickly -- you and David both....
operatic From: operatic Date: April 20th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird! I was at the dentist yesterday (Wednesday) also! (Had to wait in the chair an hour for what turned out to be a ten minute cleaning. :( )
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 20th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did people have bad experiences as kids or what? I know a lot of people who are terrified of dentists. I have really no problems at all, even if there's more invasive work to be done. In fact I've stopped even bothering with getting numbed up; having a numb face bothers me more than drilling does and lasts a lot longer.
I have nooks and crannies that I need a pro to clean for me, and sometimes stuff that needs fixing. I've never fathomed what the big deal is.
magentablue From: magentablue Date: April 20th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
when you have a chance, would you send me the name and contact info for you dentist? hopefully, they take my insurance and I will get over my fear of making an appointment. zurburn at yahoo dotcom

yay for no cavities!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 2nd, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry... I almost forgot about this one! Here's the info, I hope it helps. I find everyone at the office very friendly and gentle.

Francine Greenfield
800 W Long Lake Suite 145
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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