Dental Reverberations

Writing 101 instructions are: Go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see. The twist of the day? Write the post without adverbs.

I walked into the dentist’s office this morning with a purpose in mind. I wanted to get my teeth cleaned and get out of there as fast as possible. Now, do not get me wrong. I like my dentist. I even like my hygienist. I just hate going to the dentist. It is the noises in a dental office that get me off balance.


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I sat in the chair in the waiting room after I had signed in for my appointment. The whole office had been redone after the flood we had the end of April. I remember my dentist telling me about all the damage they had sustained. All the drywall, floors, and even the windows had to be replaced. I bet my bill will go up, I thought.

The walls were painted a soothing chocolate brown color with cream and tan stone tiles accenting the walk way into the main office. The rest of the room had tan carpet on the floor. Carpet is a good way to muffle noises. I smiled at that idea.

Against the back wall, a television was playing a show about Houston, TX pet rescues. I could hear the screams of cats, and the wild barking of dogs, as they were scooped up from the horrors they lived in, and placed into pet carriers to transport them to safety. I was awed by the conditions the animals had survived in.  Their howls were memorable.

As I watched the animal rescues on the television with their primal screams in the background, I could hear the high-pitched whirring of the dental cleaning tool used on the patient before me coming from the back office. I shivered. My nerves were raw, and I was on edge from all the different sounds. Please let me be next, I thought.


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At long last, the hygienist retrieved me, and I could abandon the animal rescue noises there in the waiting room where they belonged. I sat in the hygienist’s chair and endured the sound of the high-pitched cleaning tools I had come to despise.

At last it was over! I got my new toothbrush, floss, and fluoride treatment as I paid the bill. Sure enough, there was a $25.00 charge for fluoride. I knew the prices would go up!

10 thoughts on “Dental Reverberations”

  1. Aww…that cartoon about the chocolate filling was adorable. I’ve seen that show about the pet rescues before and usually can’t make it through the whole episode. Waiting rooms should be soothing…always.


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