Notepad on Life

December 2, 2016

Today’s Public Service Announcement – why do dentists scarper during x-rays?

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3462884640_9797d135f5_mI’ve reached the point in my life where a they-know-best mentality is no longer enough. If questions arise, more likely than not they get asked.

So after maybe two decades of occasional dental x-rays -an odd piece of theatre in which plates are stuffed in my cheeks, the x-ray machine moved alongside my head and everyone then briskly exits the room, leaving me alone to ponder whom the mug is here – I finally raise the matter with my dentist upon her return.

It turns out that the issue is dosage. You and I can cope with the odd zap every year or two but soaking x-rays up several times a day, five days a week wouldn’t bode well for dentists and their support staff and so they make themselves scarce while the machine does its thing.

So now my only outstanding question in this context is one I will never dare ask. “What inspired you to become a dentist?”

Just in case the answer is ever “Marathon Man“.

[Pic courtesy of Steve Snodgrass]

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