5 hours ago
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I was at the dentist last week. The concierge asked that I come in early to fill out the all important 3 page paper work. Page 1: How do I get paid? Page 2: What have other medical types told, so you don't sue me? Page 3: What brings you here today?
I'd cracked a tooth, and was tired of spitting fragments. Pretty straight forward, and I was taken care of quickly, professionally, and painlessly. Then the dentist read my entrance exam.
"Looks like you're about due for a cleaning", the good Dr. suggested.
Why? says me.
"Says here you haven't been to the dentist in a while."
What the form said, was that I hadn't been since early in the first Reagan administration. I know because I wrote that.
"Do they need cleaning or do you want to clean them?" I inquired.
Seeing that he wasn't getting a new boat out of me, I was turned loose, without a follow up appointment.
That experience got me to thinking.
How much of what is spewed at us as gospel, is created out of whole cloth, by folks with a vested interest in our fleecing?
Did people need to go to the dentist twice a year, before the American Dental Association was created?
Please, I am not for a minute advocating that you ignore your health, but really, do you really need that appointment?