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We know that eating nutritious foods and engaging in regular exercise are essential to maintaining good health. But did you know that how you take care of your mouth, teeth and gums is equally important?
I had a dental cleaning appointment this morning. I considered calling in sick and putting the torture off until next week but in the end I worked up my courage and went in as scheduled. I have dental anxiety stemming from several bad root canal experiences. Every time I find myself lying supine in that chair my heart rate increases. And then the hygienist comes in and seems to mock me in the way she suits up. First she strings that mask across her face—I presume to hide the snide smile that will creep across her lips as she slowly tortures me. And then—one by one—she pulls the latex gloves on and lets them snap to spite me. I stiffen in response. The worst part is when she emerges with her tray full of sharp and shiny death tools. Oh sure, they look harmless enough beneath that flimsy sterilization sheet. But in the right hands, even that insignificant little string of floss can be wielded like a miniature machete and slice right through the tender, fleshy gum right there between my two front teeth. Believe me, I know.
Over the last three years, I’ve been stopping by an oasis in our desert, where I’m pampered during every visit with cool libations, the beauty of fresh flowers, and above all, the luxury of being treated like a VIP. What exclusive spa or salon is this, you might ask? Actually, it’s Southern Arizona Endodontics, located at 7493 N. Oracle Rd. For the majority of the last three years, Dr. Chris Douville kept an eye on an area in possible need of a root canal with pop-in visits. Who thought I could actually enjoy these three or four times a year checkups?
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