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January 29, 2004

Thoughts on Dentists (Yes, It's A Slow Blogging Day)

Recently, King Pen had to go to the dentist, and it prompted a conversation about why we dislike it so much. Of course, the physical aspect of it is a factor. But that's endurable... no pain, no gain, right? And that's what the gas is for (whoohoo!! Gas!) No, what really bothers us, is the condescention you get from the staff. Of course, they all have beaming, beautiful smiles. (employee discount? company policy?) So, here you come with your shameful mouth full of teeth issues... cavities, old ugly silver fillings, and teeth that haven't seen that particular shade of brilliance since you were three. You go sheepishly. Hat in hand. You know you've dropped the ball, and now you have to pay for it. But the financial penalties for your negligence are not enough to them. It's like a personal affront to their dentist sensibilities, and they feel the need to punish you more. They're like... "You haven't been flossing, have you, little missie? Oh you have? Well, you must have started recently, huh? Like yesterday."

Yes, yes, you cry ashamedly. You hang your head, and silently take the abuse you know you deserve. You didn't fool anybody with that extra good brushing and mouth washing that morning. You're busted.

And then, after the humiliation and embarassment is all over, guess what you do? You pay them. And you make an appointment to come back, to repeat the same joyful experience all over again in six months.

Sigh. At least you get a free toothbrush though.

By the way, no offense to the dentists out there, I'm just poking a little fun.

I'm not an Anti-dentite.

The Daily | By WonderGirl | 11:16 AM


As Mitch Hedburg said - you know how it's really hard for people to stop smoking? That's how hard it it to start flossing.

Posted by: Christin at January 29, 2004 12:04 PM

Well I am an anti-dentite! They are the medical worlds equivalent to the shifty car mechanic. The only way to live up to their standard of dental care is to pay to have them clean your teeth every day, and even then they would make you feel guilty about it. Blarrrr!

Posted by: King Pen at January 29, 2004 12:21 PM

I KNOW!!!!! I blogged something similar lately, too. It's like you NEVER BRUSH YOUR TEETH!! And there's no point protesting that you do as they sit there and "teach" you how to do it! Maybe the reason I haven't been to the dentist in four years is our crappy health care system and my inability to pay for it.

Posted by: Jeannette at January 29, 2004 2:35 PM

Growing up, I was always afraid that the dental hygenists would yell at me, or at least scold me. Then, about a year ago, I realized that when the staff was condescending/rude to me, I could be condescending/rude back to them. I could say things like, "No, I don't floss. And I don't plan to. I'm a busy man." And as long as I wasn't verbally abusive, they couldn't do anthing. We would have to agree to disagree. After all, they wanted my money. Ah, capitalism.

Posted by: mesh at January 29, 2004 3:41 PM

I've been arguing with my dentist for something like the last four years about whether or not I need my wisdom teeth pulled. He was convinced that there wasn't room for them to come in. I kept pointing out that my orthodontist (who happens to be world renouned) said that there was plenty of room for them, but my dentist kept insisting that the orthodontist was wrong. My world renouned orthodontist was right. I don't like dentists, and particularly ones who want to pull teeth that they don't need to.

Posted by: kathryn at January 30, 2004 12:18 AM

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