When I was young and just a bad little kid,
My momma noticed funny things I did.
Like shootin' puppies with a BB-Gun.
I'd poison guppies, and when I was done,
I'd find a pussy-cat and bash in it's head.
That's when my momma said...
(What did she say?)
She said my boy I think someday
You'll find a way
To make your natural tendencies pay...
You'll be a dentist.
You have a talent for causing things pain!
Son, be a dentist.
People will pay you to be inhumane!
You're temperment's wrong for the priesthood,
And teaching would suit you still less.
Son, be a dentist.
You'll be a success.
"Here he is folks, the leader of the plaque."
"Watch him suck up that gas. Oh My God!"
"He's a dentist and he'll never ever be any good."
"Who wants their teeth done by the Marquis de Sade?"
"Oh, that hurts! Wait! I'm not numb!"
"Eh, Shut Up! Open Wide! Here I Come!"
I am your dentist.
And I enjoy the career that I picked.
I'm your dentist.
And I get off on the pain I inflict!
I thrill when I drill a bicuspid.
It's swell, though then tell me I'm mal-adjusted.
And though it may cause my patients distress.
Somewhere...Somewhere in heaven above me...
I know...I know that my momma's proud of me.
'Cause I'm a dentist...
And a success!
|Bleeding Gums Murphy|
You haven't been to the dentist since you were ten? Dude, that was pretty negligent of your parents.
The only thing runners have going against us, dentistry-wise, is our high metabolism. I once needed some extensive work done on a problem tooth, and I was burning through the Lidocaine so quickly that I felt a lot of the procedure, in-between jabs.
Unless you have been diligent at flossing - "there will be BLOOD," and lots of it. So don't wear your favorite shirt!
Dental floss is your friend from here out!
You've clearly never been poor. There were times in my life when I wouldn't have been able to pay $80 to save my life.
Disagree on all points. Dental insurance is very cheap. I pay $6 per month for it and have no co-pay. That means it is free when I actually go get my teeth cleaned. $72 per year is pretty reasonable to me.
Second, although you can "take care of your teeth" with the methods you listed, haven't you ever noticed a difference in the way your mouth and teeth feel when you return from the dentist versus how it usually feels? Going to the dentist is healthy. You can't clean your teeth as well as the dentist can. Not going to the dentist is like only washing your visible skin.
Genetics is huge. I have horrible genetics for teeth. All my family has super straight white teeth and all of us have shitloads of metal in our mouths. We all brush twice a day and floss as well.
I've lived with people that rarely ever floss and only brush once a day and never have any issues.
I was dumb enough to not go to a dentist for about 8 years. Nightmare baby! Three normal cavities, two root canals and a couple crowns. I go every six months now and couldn't be happier.
Went 28 yrs without a visit to the dentist, ended up with a lot of blood but only one cavity.
The only negative was having to get my wisdom teeth pulled at the age of 41. One of them had fused to the jaw bone, they nearly broke my jaw trying to rip it out, had to split the tooth in half with a chisel (i was awake) then rip it out. Have a hard time going back after that one, but going in this morning after two years for a cleaning.
|D of D|
Yikes! Now I feel better about myself. Haven't seen a dentist in four years. However, that will change because my fiance's been nagging on me about being checked out by a dentist and a doctor before we get married. I guess I'm just a piece of meat to be inspected.
I went six years without going to the dentist. I had zero cavities. On my next visit after that (one year later), the dentist told me I had natural protection against cavities. He even told me I didn't have to floss (and admitted he rarely did). I haven't gone since (3 years now).