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Not quite Innerspace, but close

April 12, 2010 - Deb Gau
Ah, the wonders of technology. For most of my life, I can remember going to the dentist and just having to take the doctor or hygenist's word for it that I needed to brush more along my gumline, floss more often, and so on. But this morning I came in for my checkup and cleaning to see a flatscreen monitor on the wall of the exam room.

After my teeth were cleaned, the hygenist took out an instrument that works like a tiny digital camera on a stick, and *showed me* my teeth on the flatscreen. I actually sat, mouth open, watching my own molars come into hi-def focus. I'm looking for words to describe how that feels ("oddly humbling" comes close), but I think all I can do is let the previous sentence speak for itself.

On one hand, I finally understand what the dentist has been trying to tell me all these years about keeping my gums healthy. On the other, I'm not sure if I'm ready to see every coffee stain and spit bubble in my mouth on a semi-annual basis.


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