Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Adventures in Dentistry

I'm really lucky in the dentistry department. I've never had a root canal. Never had a tooth pulled. A couple of cavities. Today I had two fillings replaced. Since they were on opposite sides of my mouth, I'm pretty much incapacitated for speaking or eating. Don't call. At least, don't call before about 1:00pm EST.

I don't know why dentistry makes us all feel so vulnerable. (Or maybe it doesn't. Maybe there are people out there who can go to sleep in a dentist chair.) I'm not dental phobic, but still, lying there with my mouth open and the sort of tender mouth bits drying and vulnerable. It's almost like having one's naughty bits numb and under the doctor's tender ministrations.

Which leads to the natural question--are there people with dentistry fetishes?

Of course there are. Lesbians doing dentistry. People with a fetish for braces. Thank you Google. I think.


Blogger SquidgePa said...

Welcome back.

July 11, 2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Yeah, yesterday I went to the opthamalogist and got drops to have my pupils dialated. Today the dentist. Friday I have a check up with my GP. I come home and its poked and prodded week.

But it's good to be back.

July 11, 2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger Trent Walters said...

Howdy, Maureen! Hope you had a good Clarion. I've been wanting to chat with you about , but braces are good, too. As primary school boy, I fell in love with any girl who wore braces. I have no idea why. Later, this mutated into glasses (presumably because it made them look smart). What shall the fetish become next? cyborg mechanisms with zoom lens eyepiece and FM radio?

July 11, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger Trent Walters said...

"about philip larkin"

I forgot who I wanted to chat about.

July 11, 2006 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I'm one of those people who almost immediately falls asleep in the dentist's chair. Cleanings, especially. Might as well just prop my mouth open and throw the switch cuz I'm out like a light the moment I sit down.

I hate going to the dentist, not because of pain or discomfort but because it's so indescribably boring to me.

Michael Weholt

July 12, 2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Philip Larkin is as good as anyone to chat about. My personal favorite is "High Windows".

July 12, 2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

I met a cardio nurse who told me she sees more dentists than persons in any other profession. They apparantly are susceptible to the stress of their patients whether it is vocal or not. I guess everyone is empathetic to some extent.

Dentist's commit suicide a lot too.

My dentist has cute pictures of kittens and puppies on the ceiling. I hate shit like that.

July 13, 2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

After eleven (or is it twelve?) root canals--the first when I was not even a teenager yet--I don't adore the dentist, but I am a well-trained dental patient, don't flinch, and don't hold it against the technician and dentist if I'm hurting. I think the day I realized that I was as grownup as I was going to get was the day when I made my first non-emergency dental checkup appointment for myself, and paid for it myself.

July 15, 2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dentists and hair stylists always make you feel guilty about your life before the chair. Stylists snake their fingers through your hair, shake their heads, and comment on how you waited too long--or how the guy what cut your hair before did a shitty job. Dentists prod your gums until they bleed and you confess that, in fact, you haven't flossed religiously, and they get that smug I-told-you-so dental zealot smile, and you vow to floss every day (a vow that, like so many religious conversions, lasts about a week).


July 18, 2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dentist retired and the dentist
that replaced her is totally
incompetent and has the maturity of
a twelve year old. She spent one whole session while she numbed me out and was drilling away unnecessarily I later realized talking about some
old flame of hers. Extremely
inappropriate and immature
behaviour while she was removing fillings that did NOT need to be replaced. What a painful, rip-off.
P.S. three visits later -- no giggling for me. I am going to be out mucho dineros and I'm thick in unnecessary dental pain from an ill fitted crown. This is a nightmare.
She is a nightmare dentist and her dental hygenist is a smiling hyena who is secretly incredibly depressed and angry. what a nightmare.

August 04, 2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous teeth whitening said...

Hello well there have to be a lot of adventures in dentistry cause you will see a lot of different type of people , so is not totally borring you will have some interesting time with youre patients .

June 24, 2010 8:52 PM  
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Anonymous dentists savannah said...

Hi Maureen! I'm glad that your dental visit went well.

There are a lot of things that makes us vulnerable. Dentistry at some point submits a patient into the hands of a dentist. That's why it's very important to find a trusted dentist. Savannah and other parts of the country have experienced dental practitioners who can handle various cases. Some even use advanced methods to ease out the pain or anxiety of their patients. How cool is that?

September 13, 2010 5:12 AM  
Anonymous xlpharmacy said...

This is really annoying I've passed for that situation, I like to eat a lot and I couldn't believe that my Dentist told me that I could eat soups, it was the worst moments for me.

November 10, 2011 12:06 PM  

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