A pleasant afternoon spent at the dentist. Yeah, right! My dentist has been taken over by some company based in the Madison area, which almost takes away the majority of the “small town feel”. It’s sad really, because it seems that a lot of medical and dental places have gone that way. Instead of us being able to pay the bill after we get one in the mail, they now offer a 5% discount if you pay the full amount before you walk out the door. All well and good, if you can afford to do so. Plus the prices have pretty much doubled, so even if you can pay the whole amount, you really aren’t saving much. They have all kinds of new fancy gadgets WE are getting to pay for, doncha know. sigh… Just a plain ol’ cleaning was $65. Now, it’s $120. For what? They aren’t really doing anything differently, just charging more for it. Add in a couple of x-rays, you’ve got a nice car payment.
So, there I am, reclined, with some strange woman’s hands in my mouth, and yes, of course, she has to ask me questions. When did she think I was going to be able to answer? When she was finished? I don’t remember what the heck she asked 2 seconds later, I’m going to remember more than 2 minutes? I don’t think so. After all that scraping and poking with sharp, pointy objects, she starts the polishing. Who knew that stuff could fly up your nose? I know now, although I wish I didn’t. Isn’t it suppose to stay on the tooth, in the mouth?
Next, I get the dubious pleasure of having to have some work done to keep me from grinding my front teeth to nubs. What that adds up to is what it would cost for use to spend another 10 days in Jamaica. sigh… Well, at least I’ll get to keep my teeth. Chewing is a good thing. Besides, I don’t want to look like some of those ya see on the news after their double wide has been blown away by a tornado. (No, we didn’t buy a trailer!)