|No ADA here, only NHS|
Wednesday came and we headed off to the dentist. The children were excited because that meant a late start for school. Lucy was a little afraid but Jacob was okay. While we sat in the waiting room, Lucy said she had 3000 teeth. Maybe the appointment might take longer than they thought!
|"Elevate!" said Dalek Dentist|
Then it was Lucy's turn. After seeing Jacob have a good time, Lucy was excited to try out the automatic chair. Jacob said the chair was a robot. And the bright light too! I agreed it had a robotic arm so the dentist could position it properly. The dentist went through the same procedure with Lucy. His tooth count was substantially lower than Lucy's. He only made it to twenty. He did say she has some overbite, but that may go away or she might need braces at twelve or fourteen. She had a much harder time resisting licking up all the yummy fluoride paste. She was done by the time we got back to the waiting room.
The kids were banished during mommy and daddy's turns. We were okay too. In addition to counting our teeth, he took x-rays. I was surprised there was no heavy lead apron like American doctors use to protect patients from the radiation. Other than that, everything was the same. Neither of us had new cavities. I got the usual lecture about flossing, which I do once per dentist visit. This time, he told me about how it was important as we get older because the food that gets stuck between your teeth won't come out any other way and that is a common way to lose teeth. This was the first looming-old-age lecture from a doctor for me.
I was surprised to discover we had only taken 40 minutes for our visit, just like the receptionist predicted. We sorted all our paperwork with the front desk. The lady said they would mail us when the next appointment was due and we could arrange it then. The visit was very satisfactory. I don't understand why dentistry has a bad rap here in England. Maybe it is just a bad history that has ended but is not forgotten. We will definitely be back, if only to ride in a cool chair.