Do you like your dentist?
I hope you do. I can’t imagine a more awkward, complicated relationship if you didn’t.
Fortunately for me, I do like mine.
(As a child however, I did have a dentist who I’m now convinced was the inspiration for the Steve Martin character in “Little Shop Of Horrors.”)
But let me repeat, I really like my current dentist and have great respect for him and everyone involved in his practice!
Just want to be clear about that…
He’s an older, experienced gentleman who speaks with the authority and quiet confidence of one of those early 60’s, Space Race, “Right Stuff” pilots.
He’s Chuck Yeager in pressed navy scrubs.
“OK Mr. Hewitt, ” he’ll say with that relaxed southern twang, “you just sit back and we’ll be done here in just a bit.”
I half expect him to announce that we’ve hit our cruising altitude of 12,000 feet and that he’s turning off the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign.
The reason I mention all of this is that I had a dental appointment this morning, and while sitting in the lobby beforehand, I noticed this story on my Twitter feed.
It’s a cringe inducing tale about what can only be classified as the single worst dental appointment of all time. And it happened right here in St. Louis!
“23-Year-Old Sues Dentist For Allegedly Pulling Out All Of His Perfectly Healthy Teeth”
Yes, all of his teeth. All 32 of them. It had something to do with the credit card of the patient’s mother and some other nonsense. I couldn’t read much more than that seeing as where I was at the time. I encourage you to click on the link if you’re truly interested in all the details.
Suffice it to say, there is a lawsuit pending.
I have to admit, even though I may like my dentist, (which we’ve established several times already), it doesn’t mean that I don’t harbor some anxiety about my visits to his office.
Come to think of it, he does look a little like the late actor, Lawrence Olivier.
Movie buffs will get the reference.