Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Rant #299: I Hate Going To the Dentist
I have to go to the dentist today. I will be leaving slightly early from work to make my appointment later this afternoon.
I know people strive to become doctors, and they go through a lot to become a member of this profession, but why would anyone choose to become a dentist?
It seems to me to be the most masochistic of all doctoral pursuits, although I realize it is necessary.
To want to make a living diving into patients' mouths to make sure their teeth are right, at least to me, seems so much less honorable and fascinating than working on a person's other medical faults.
I know we are far from the days that dentists would literally rip teeth out of the mouths of their patients--I remember that very funny W.C. Fields short where this exercise almost becomes a sexual practice--but why anybody would want to go into my or anyone else's mouth is beyond me.
I guess you could say the same thing for proctologists, but we don't regularly go to one unless we have a problem.
With dentists, we go each and every year.
Personally, I don't have any cavities, but it seems my crowns are coming out of my mouth, I have a chipped filling, and I have gum disease.
I know that today I am going for a cleaning before the major work is done next month. Even with the cleaning, I bleed a lot, due to the gum disease.
Again, I understand the services that dentists offer all of us, and I am grateful that they do so.
I just don't understand why, of all the noble medical areas, they picked this one.
I just don't get it.
Open wide ...
Posted by Larry at 4:47 AM