The best of both worlds
“We operate our lives on such a lot of trust,” the thought went through my mind as I willingly opened my mouth for the dentist to do his probing. Strange how dentists ask you questions while your mouth is filled with funny gadgets and part of their hand!
“I think we should also take a look at the tooth behind this one”, he said to me, but more to himself. “The X-ray shows a tiny bit of trouble. Have you been eating sweeties on the quiet?”, he asked in a way you use to get the truth from a naughty child!
“Uh-uh!” I tried my best to answer, keeping my head still, protecting my innocence.
“Sucking mints …!”, he persisted in a conspiratory tone!
“Uh-uh!!” I said with emphasis on the “Uh!”, a little frown between my eyebrows forming.
“Then you have taken to drinking fruit juices!”, he exclaimed, triumphant in tracking down the source of the little spot of trouble he had found.
My indignation surfaced and I managed to say past his hands and gadgets, “I don’t like swee’ ‘ings!” He calmly carried on with his digging and prodding.
“Then you haven’t been using a mouth wash!”, came his declaration. Subject closed!
While the injection took hold, and the drill did its cleansing of debris for the old filling to be replaced, my silent thoughts were kind and grateful to this man who has been part of my health maintenance team since age 16. I wondered to myself who else I would trust so completely to ensure that I kept a healthy mouth which is extremely important in one’s general health. No-one came to mind. He has become a cornerstone of trust to me, my children and now my grandchildren. No doubt, one day someone will fill his place, just not yet, I hoped and prayed. My thoughts wondered back to our first meeting.