Visiting the Dentist

I have a dentist appointment in 30 minutes. I haven’t been to a dentist in about 10 years, maybe longer. I have no cavities and have never had any problems with my teeth. But I have a wisdom tooth that seems to get infected around the gums every couple years. I end up eating on one side of my mouth for a week. Then it goes away. That’s the only thing I’m concerned about.TOOTH

The doctor I had when I was kid, Dr. Fung, didn’t use needles. He used acupuncture instead. Whenever he had to do something that might cause discomfort, he’d press beneath my ear on some pressure point, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. He even removed a tooth when I was 10 without giving me a needle, and I didn’t feel anything.

He’s retired now. I don’t want to get a needle in my gums.

UPDATE (a few hours later): It was only a cleaning, but it was unpleasant. Having gone about 10 years without a professional cleaning, there was some build-up on my teeth, which I assume has all been cleaned away now. Great news: They’re going to tear out my wisdom teeth — all of them. I have to go back on Thursday for a more thorough x-ray and then a decision will be made. But by the looks of it, I’d say all four of my wisdom teeth will be gone by the end of the summer. One of them is severely impacted and the others aren’t in the greatest shape. Oh, blessed joy. After this, screw it, I’m never going back to the dentist.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

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