Just chilling out

It’s pretty hard not to be relaxed when you’re rocking sunglasses with bright orange frames at the beach, right?

Except I don’t own any sunglasses … and even if I did, my tastes are slightly more conservative, sporting apparel notwithstanding. Nor was I at the beach, unfortunately.

Nope, I was wearing the orange-accented eyewear to make sure my regular glasses didn’t suffer spatters while I was at the dentist.

But I was still pretty relaxed.

As an adult, I went years without going to the dentist, so when I finally did go back, my teeth were a bit of a mess. However, in my opinion, the dentist could have enjoyed the pain he was causing while scraping off all that buildup just a little less.

Yes, I’m aware that “relaxation” and “dentist’s office” don’t usually go together, something I’ve known ever since I was a kid and had to get numerous teeth pulled — including several before I could get braces — because my teeth were too big for my mouth.

(At this point, readers who have known me for years are permitted to guffaw about how they are surprised, given my big mouth, how my teeth could ever be too big. Happy now? OK, continue.)

When I was getting braces, I tried to take my mind off what has happening by shaking my foot, prompting the hygienist to warn me that unless I wanted a brace on my gum, I’d stop.

I earned that one, so I couldn’t really complain, but I never appreciated it when in later years the hygienists at my orthodontist’s office would chat aimlessly about … whatever … while one of them was rooting around in my mouth with sharp objects.

As an adult, I went years without going to the dentist, so when I finally did go back, my teeth were a bit of a mess. However, in my opinion, the dentist could have enjoyed the pain he was causing while scraping off all that buildup just a little less.

Nowadays, I go every three months or so for regular cleanings and get deeper cleanings roughly every six months. I pretty much know the routine, and where the trouble spots are going to be. (I had one of my wisdom teeth out several years ago because it got infected, and I’m just waiting for the day they tell me I need to have another one removed.)

Yet knowing what would happen wasn’t why I felt oddly relaxed. It was more the realization that I didn’t have to think about anything or worry about anything or really do much of anything other than lie back, fold my hands across my stomach, close my eyes, keep my mouth open and let the hygienist do her thing.

Forty-five minutes later, my teeth were clean and I felt as calm as I had in a while.

4 thoughts on “Just chilling out

  1. Yeah I agree that relaxation and dentist office definitely DON’T go together at all! I always hated going to the dentist and orthodontist. It is the most uncomfortable and awkward of sensations to just lay there while they root around in your mouth. It also doesn’t help that I have such a weak gag reflex that literally just the tiny amount makes me gag so the visits are nothing short of torture lol

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      1. I can see that being an issue. but personally I can’t imagine swallowing some sort of metal thing … just the thought of it gives me shivers lol

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