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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. 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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