Thursday, October 9, 2008

All Clear for Another Six Months


I went to the dentist last week for my twice yearly cleaning and yearly check-up. As often happens with me, I was in a hurry to not be late. And I could kick myself, because I forgot my camera. I almost never forget to take my camera when I leave the house, because I never know when I might encounter something interesting out there in wild, wild Willits. Naturally, there were all sorts of opportunities for good images, not the least being my digital x-rays on the dentist's computer screen. I'm happy to report that my oral health is ship-shape. And this picture of his office (a beautifully converted old residence) was taken on another day. Soon, the glorious shade of the walnut tree will be shed.

13 comments:

jill said...

It's a lovely house. My chiropractor and ob-gyn are both in converted houses.

Nathalie said...

This looks like a true summer shot, not an autumn one, so I suspected it wasn't very recent.

What a lovely house.
Glad your teeth are in good health!

Hilda said...

That's a very welcoming dental clinic. Congratulations on the perfect bill of dental health.

I hate dentists! No, that's not right — it's more I'm SCARED of dentists.

Laurie said...

My dentist is all the way down in Palos Verdes but I'm so freaked out by any other dentist than her I don't mind the hour's drive there.

This little house makes it seem downright welcoming ... for a torturer with sharp instruments...

(I have issues with dentistry.)

Halcyon said...

That's the nicest looking dentist's office I've ever seen!

Petrea said...

I love my dentist and his office is nice, but it's nowhere near that nice.

I have a good one in Burbank, Laurie.

Jilly said...

Now if my dentist worked out of a beautiful place like this, I might not mind going...

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I'm envious (not of your dentist or the attractive office) it's your clean check-up. I've put my dentist's children through college.

Barbara Rahal said...

uufff what anice place to work and live, nice photo of it!!! Glad your dental health is going well!!!

Jules said...

It would be pleasant going to the dentist if he lived here - what a charming house. Can't hear any screaming so that is good.

The funny thing is I'm sitting here eating an apple - I guess I'm hoping for a good bill of health too!!!

USelaine said...

Jill - It's a comforting environment to receive health care.

Nathalie - You busted me on the season, but there is still a lot of shade at this place. Keeps it comfortable in our heat waves.

Hilda - It seems that Americans have been getting dental care messages through public health campaigns for a longer time than most places. I remember participating in "Dental Health Week" poster art contests as a kid. Health insurance plans that cover dentistry usually cover twice yearly teeth cleaning by a trained dental hygienist, which goes a long way to preventing problems. So the more problems you prevent, the less scary the visits are. Of course, brushing and flossing are good habits, and I think we benefit from fluoride in our tap water. 8^)

Laurie - You too? I used to get cavities back in the days when I drank sugared soda pop. Since giving them up, nothing. But to be fair, a lot of it is genetics too. Something about the pH of the saliva, which we can't control. I know what you mean about finding a dentist you trust. I went to the same one from the age of ten to about thirty. He was superb with the novocaine, when any drilling was involved. (Drill, baby, drill!)

Halcyon - If I remember my camera for my next appointment (in six months), I'll get some shots of the inside too. 8^)

P - Like my childhood dentist, this one will take time to answer my questions and treat me like an intelligent person. That always makes it a better experience for me. Plus, they both get/got my sense of humor. If you don't laugh, you'll cry ?

PA - Well, I did go to an orthodontist for a couple of years of high school. That hurt. The other hallmark of American dental health consumption: braces.

Jilly - Hey, I imagine your dentist in a lovely limestone villa with windows looking to the sea... and then a complimentary cocktail on the terrace after it's all over...

BR - He's lucky he can choose the real estate he wants to be in! And thanks!

Jules - No screaming inside or out. 6^) If you can bite into an apple, you're teeth are probably in good shape. (yes, an apple a day...)

Thanks everyone. Good dental hygienists are worth their weight in gold. I wish everyone had such a thing.

Petrea said...

My childhood dental experiences in Illinois were so horrible that as soon as I was free to choose, I stopped going. This led to awful dental episodes as an adult, until I was forced to find good care. My California dentist, by the way, had heard of the dentist I'd had as a child. He was THAT BAD.

USelaine said...

Yikes, P! From what I've seen of your smile since then, all seems to be in order these days.