Wednesday, August 01, 2018

how a visit to the dentist is pretty much like an awkward first date

everytime i go to the dentist, i think about how awkward the experience is. when i was in high school, i had braces and i would have to go to the dentist on a weekly basis for a while, so you'd think i would have gotten used to it. but i still find it super awkward. my dentist was also my orthodontist, by the way, so i still go to the same person that did my braces. 

my dentist office is also pretty large, so up until the last few years i always had a different hygienist everytime i went, which added to the awkwardness because each time it would be someone i didn't know. i only have to go to the dentist twice a year because thankfully i have healthy teeth... but it still feels like an awkward first date each time. i've been thinking about the similarities for a few years and finally decided to write them down. ;) 

5 ways a visit to the dentist is pretty much like an awkward first date:

o1; the entire time i'm laying back in the chair, i'm thinking to myself "what do i do with my hands?" and "how much eye contact is too much eye contact?" i lay my hands on my stomach for a while because that's the easiest but then they get tired after a while! i also don't want to look at the hygienist while she's digging around in my mouth (lol) but sometimes she's leaning over my face and i can't help but look at her. nothing is more awkward than making eye contact with someone when you can't talk, at least i find that awkward! 

o2; prior to the appointment, i wonder if we are going to have enough to talk about or if there will be awkward silences? since i only go every 6 months it's hard to remember details about my hygienist (and i'm sure she doesn't remember details about my life either!) so i get stuck on questions to ask and i'm not huge on small talk in the first place! this is a huge anxiety before meeting new people as well, and especially on a first date! 

o3; at the dentist it always seems like they ask me questions while they're working on my teeth, so i can't really answer. on a first date this is the equivalent of someone asking you questions when you just took a bite of food... so you have to hurry and chew your food, while they watch you, before answering. either that or talk with a mouth full of food. another similarity is that the questions that are asked, both at the dentist and on a first date, are very generic and general. i feel like i answer the same questions every visit to the dentist haha

o4; at the dentist, and on a first date, you're trying to impress them which often comes in the form of embellishing the truth. at the dentist this looks like "oh yeah I floss EVERY day" and on a first date this may look like "i am pretty much the most awesome person in the world" haha

o5; at the end of the visit or the date, you have to schedule the next one and it's always hard to figure out what will work between both of our schedules. if it's a bad first date, you may not want to schedule another one and i basically never want to think about having to do the dentist appointment again so soon, haha! you may find yourself thinking "well if it doesn't work out and i have better things to do, i'll just reschedule" ;)

do you find the dentist awkward also? or is it just me?

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