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‘Tis the Season for Dental Work

December 11, 2016

Part of moving is, of course, finding new health care professionals. Our new dentist’s office is quite a change from the one we had in Michigan. These folks seem more technologically up-to-date—they have a fancy image-taking machine that swoops around one’s head like something from a sci-fi movie, and they text me reminders of my appointments, to name two things—and also more interested in doing work on my teeth. The old place wouldn’t even schedule cleanings six months out, leaving me to remember when I was due; the new one had us scheduled for the next cleaning before we left the office from the first one, and they also suggested some things both Mr. Karen and I might want to have done in addition to the typical cleaning. Sure, that makes more money for them, most of it coming from our insurance, but I also feel like they ‘re getting me caught up from years of the other dentist doing not very much for me. Thus, I’ve been in their office every week for the last three, and have two more appointments to finish up the treatment plan. Last week, for a deep cleaning, I got half my lower face numbed, which rendered me unable to purse my lips or whistle for a few hours—and which I felt compelled to document; see below.


I’ll be glad when I’m done spending so much time in the dental chair, but am also glad to feel I’m finally taking really good care of my teeth.


On this date in 2015: And I Would Drive 716 Miles
2014: This Is My Brain on Stress
2013: No entry
2012: What’s Up Mushroom?
2011: Grey on Top, Brown Below
2010: No entry
2009: My Secret Self—Not
2008: Any Time Now
2007: WDW, Part Deux
2006: Inside the Numbers
2005: Sunday Stress
2003 & 2004: No entry
2002: I Can See Clearly Now

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  1. Melanie Says:

    Oh I loathe the dentist. I’d rather do anything than sit in that chair. I am in need of a root canal that will be done through a crown that never stopped aching and I have been putting it off for months. Maybe after the New Year….

  2. Bev Says:

    I know how you feel about relief that you are taking good care of your teeth now. I hated my dentist and stopped seeing a dentist for about 20 years. When I thought I was losing my teeth, I went to a new dentist here in our new town. She happened to be a friend for about 10 years before I admitted my dental phobia. I needed a lot of work done and I can honestly say I had zero pain through it all, including 2 root canals (except in the pocket book!). I tell her I put two of her kids through school. Now I see her 3 times a year, they schedule me months ahead of time, visiting the office is like going to a beauty parlor and dental care has become a pleasant experience for me.

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