While I have inherited some positive physical characteristics from each of my parents (height and a nose with a bridge from dad, decent complexion and juiciness from mom), I have also inherited some bad (poor vision from dad, crooked teeth from mom).
The poor vision will one day be corrected by my sister, Dr. P., after she has performed at least 1,000 Lasik procedures but my teeth have been a work in progress for a while.
The sounds of any dental equipment, whirring, grinding, screechy noises and that distinctive smell dentist offices have, give me nightmares to this day. My mom was not going to let me end up with her messed up grill (thanks, mom!) so every time I went to the dentist, and I went a lot, my mouth was numbed by painful shots and I lost one, two or three teeth. My propensity for indulging in sweets (from dad) combined with my baby teeth not coming out quick enough and my small mouth (I don't know where this came from) made every visit the stuff nightmares are made of.
On top of the painful dental procedures which I had done in K-town in LA, we always went for Korean barbecue after. Because I had holes in my mouth, on top of the fact that I inevitably bit my tongue because it was still numb, I was thoroughly disgusted each time. Maybe this is why I don't miss LA much.
My trauma ended around the 7th or 8th grade when I finally didn't need my retainer anymore and my visits to the dentist have been spotty at best ever since. I knew it was time to make an appointment because it had been 2 years and I guess I chomp my teeth in my sleep so I wanted to make sure I wasn't causing any damage.
Based on a recommendation, I went to Dr. Jew. He was informative as he examined me, as well as when he had to fix a filling, and his staff were all great. I ended up needing deep cleaning which required shots so they could dig around my gums. Gross, I know. The sounds and the shots brought back all the memories I had suppressed but he and the hygienist who worked on me, Cheryl(sp?), were surprisingly soothing.
It was as good as a dental experience could be. Now my chompers and gums are super clean. Yay.