I had my routine dental checkup earlier this week. Everything looked great, my teeth were perfectly cared for and I was doing everything right.
Oh, but I had three cavities.
I don’t know why, but this sort of thing has always bothered me. I do everything right; I brush twice daily, floss daily, use mouthwash, and don’t drink much soda (sugared or otherwise).
So, today, I went to my new dentist’s office (the old one retired, but that’s fine since he’s never even looked in my mouth). It’s a disconcerting place; instead of separate rooms for each patient there’s one semi-open room with a divider in between. That sort of bugged me. There are televisions to watch while you’re going through a procedure (uh, alright, I don’t really watch TV, but fine). They offer you tea and coffee. Everything is very new and high tech.
To the extent that they, for some moronic reason, use wireless keyboards on their terminals, with a terminal at each chair. I had to explain why when the batteries run out on one, you can’t just bring it to the other. The dentist seemed confused that just hitting numlock wouldn’t fix it.
Let me make this clear: Just because I’m a software engineer does not make me your tech support. I don’t know anything about computers, honest. Wireless is fun, but, seriously, get a wired keyboard.
Anyhow, they told me they’d be filling one cavity, and I said “but I have three.” They said they could only do all three if I went without anesthetic on all of them. I figured one chunk of time missed from work is better than three, so I went the no anesthetic route.
For those pondering the same decision, don’t make the same mistake I did.