Thursday, September 9, 2010

Technology is Awesome!

Today I had an appointment with a dental hygienist.  It has been three years since I last saw a hygienist.  Yes, I know, I should be smacked with some dental floss.  But we moved half way across the country and it has taken us a while to reestablish all those health care providers.  All is good now.

Picture taken from Vermont Dept. of Labor website.

Last time I had my teeth cleaned it took almost an hour, several sharp, metal instruments and lots of scraping.  Today I was out of the chair in a little over half an hour because a laser was used to clean my teeth.  It was quicker but not painless.  Ouch! 


But not OUCH! like this!  These are George Washington's false teeth.  Can you imagine how painful it was wearing these?  I went through a lot of torture while wearing braces, but nothing like this.

photo from Smithsonian

Is it any wonder our first President looked like this in all the pictures of him? 

I am not off the hook yet.  In two weeks, I go back to see the hygienist and she will do a "fine scaling" - a non-threatening term for digging around under the gum line.  I will probably be looking as sober as old George when they are done with me...



Busy Bee Suz said...

You are so funny. I don't think mine uses a laser, but it usually takes her 40 minutes.
If I had Georges teeth, I would not smile, and I would be VERY THIN!
Good luck finding your sig.