There aren't many of us who can say we look forward to a trip to the dentist. The promise of a free toothbrush doesn't quite balance the uncomfortable feeling of someone sticking their fingers under your tongue, scratching your teeth with miniature ice picks, and vacuuming the spit out of your mouth. And then, having to pay for it.

For some, this attitude can be applied to seeing doctors in general - it's not the most pleasant way to spend your time. Those of us who live with diabetes see more than our fair share of healthcare people, and "one more appointment" can feel like that proverbial straw, threatening our motivation camel. (See also: my inner six-year-old, crying and yelling I don't waaaaant toooooooo!) In other words, we'd rather be doing something else.

And here comes the part where I reveal another layer of my weird: I'm not one of those people.

I love going to the dentist.

It's partly because the receptionist starts greeting me, by name and with a smile, before I've even finished passing through the doorway. It's partly because on days like this, where the flakes won't stop whizzing by the window, they let me escape via the super-secret FIRE DOOR: DO NOT ENTER UNLESS DURING EMERGENCY door, because it will let me out mere steps from the mound of snow my car is under. But, mostly, it's because this is the one doctor I can count on getting a gleamingly perfect review from.

I was blessed with very healthy teeth. Looking at some of the dental history in my family, I'm not sure how I drew this lucky card - but I've sometimes wondered if this is that one golden ticket life gave me.

"Your pancreas and thyroid will slack off, and I'm going to call some other things too - but teeth? Teeth you can have."

When I sit in that plastic-covered lounge chair, I don't have to talk about fasting numbers, or how often I'm testing, or how I gained 3 lbs. since my last appointment. I don't have to get blood drawn. I don't even have to think about anything, really, except for the neat-o pattern on the ceiling, and how fun the hygienist's purple gloves are.

This is the one place where I consistently get to hear things like, "Beeyoooootiful." "Everything looks GREAT!" and "You really didn't leave me much to work on! Keep up the great work." It's a blissful change of pace from "We need to work on these post-prandial spikes", or the dreaded "You need to do basal testing".

My dental office is my health oasis. (Which, as my friend put it, is "pretty floss-some".)


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Comment by KimKat on January 21, 2011 at 11:24am
Cute post! hehe "floss-some" - I like that. Sounds like you have a great dentist. I am not one who fears the dentist either - except that my mouth is on the small side and my teeth are very tight together and it makes it harder for the hygentist to do the flossing and makes it uncomfortable.

Funny I am trying to think of something I have like that. For me, it USED to be my overall health - I rarely got sick, never had chicken pox etc - that was always my "good thing" until D. I have/have had problems with my ears, skin, eyes (well, laser surgery gave me 'superman' visiion which I brag about), teeth (had braces). My nails always grow in thick and fast and some other women are jealous of that. :)

I am kind of the philosophy too - if I have to have D, couldn't I have just ONE thing that I never have problems with? Mine would be my hair. I am vain when it comes to the hair. I do have problems with it but gosh darn it couldn't it be thick and long and gorgeous - I'll trade in my nails for that anyday. :)


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