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Barbara Lombardo writes about journalism, local news and anything else that strikes her fancy. She is executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News, sister papers in the Digital First Media family. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A new love for the dentist's chair

I almost always love going to the dentist. Honest -- at least when it’s just for a cleaning, no Novacain, no drilling.
But today’s was an unexpected mini-vacation.
For the first time in 25 years as a patient of Dr. Andy Levine, the dental hygienist escorted me to a second-floor room. I didn’t even know they had treatment rooms on the second floor.
I lay back (laid back? layed back? I can never get that right) in the chair, bib on, mouth open, eyes closed.
“You know what would make this almost perfect?” I said to Peggy, the hygienist. “If this were a massage chair.”
“You want me to turn it on?” she asked.
“You kidding?”
Jackpot. A refreshing scraping of the teeth, a half hour of noontime peace and quiet, and a subtle back massage.
Yes, a massage at the dentist’s office.
Dr. Levine has been holding out, darn him.
“You know what would make this perfect,” I said, still reclining. “A pedicure.”


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