Monday, July 23, 2007

Shamin' Sara


There are a few things in life that I have to use the motto "Fake it 'til you make it". Going to the dentist, I have to psyche myself up and fake that it'll all be okay. It isn't just one thing that I hate about the dentist, but a list of disgusting and shame-filled conversations that take place at the dentist.

Dental Assistant: Sara, do you floss everyday?

Sara: No.

Dental Assistant: Sara, looks like you might have a start of a cavity back there.

Sara: I bet.

Dental Assistant: Sara, looks like you have been using a medium toothbrush.

Sara: You're probably right.

Dental Assistant: Sara, You must drink a lot of Diet Coke or coffee.

Sara: Yep.

Dental Assistant: Do you know why it is important to floss, Sara?

Sara: Yes. I am just lazy.

Dental Assistant: Well, just remember, Sara, they are the only teeth you have.

I wonder if they take a course in guilt and shame in dental hygienist school? One of the tenets of a shaming is the use of the first name over and over and over again. It really drives home the guilt.

3 comments:

Sara Hondl said...

I always wondered why they ask me if I floss everyday. I want to say "You tell me, does it look like it?" and if they say yes than I say "ok, then I floss".
Even though the only time I floss is the night before my dentist appointment.

rachelzana said...

My orthodontist's assistant was just like this! It drove me CRAZY and I was only 11. Flossing in between braces (and the results from the lack of flossing with braces) is even worse.

Anonymous said...

I'll be the Debbie Downer here, I hated going to the dentist until I started flossing everyday. They don't hurt me anymore with their sharp picks so I don't mind going now.