not many people realize this, but i consider being a dentist is really an ‘honor’. in various interpretations.

 

before going any further, go check your own mouth and teeth. are they good? are there any cavities? are there any calculus?

 

not the mathematics calculus. the dental calculus, which is a hardened plaque and food debris due to imprecision teeth cleansing.

 

for those who really don’t brush their teeth well, their calculus tend to build up ridiculously thick. my friends and i used to call it “Chinese Great Wall” or “wasp nest” just because the calculus is altering teeth original shape. tooth is sexy, it has curve and smooth, you know. it’s not bulging and rough or flat and plain and connected. no. a disgusting heavy calculus can wrap around a tooth as if it’s being in a yellowish shell and it’s also able to connect one tooth with another. i think i made my point how gross it is, yes?

 

the thing is, some people who realize how unattractive their mouth is, most likely are ashamed to get them fixed because they already knew that what they have beyond their lipglossed lips are chaos.

 

this brings back to my very first statement: “being a dentist is really an ‘honor'”.

 

i appreciate those patients with crowded teeth, scary cavities, and bleeding gum who come voluntarily to the dental clinic and proceed on their own through the door and sit on the dental chair calmly. and when they do as i say “open your mouth, please”, i know i’ve got their trust.

 

see this bond is often stronger than the one with general physicians. most of the times, general physicians don’t have to physically touch the patients. but dentists, they not only touch, but also do whatever like pull out your cheek and lips, drill a hole to your tooth, apply thingamajiggy in blue color, sometimes hold your head still while pulling your rotten tooth out…

 

it’s that intimate that almost like a date that directly jump to first base without holding hand before. although in reality i don’t think it’s possible because to enter first base, you need to feel the physical connection first.

 

so, that’s the reason why i think it’s an honor, personally, when a patient shows up for numerous time to do another treatment with me. like, ‘thank you, Ma’am, for trusting me to fill your cavity and now you let me crush all of your calculus”.

 

yup. it’s another honor to wrestle with your oral muck cause nobody else would want to touch your saliva mixed with blood and food impaction.

yay.

 

-aga-

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