David Emami rarely went to the dentist because he didn’t have insurance and he was certain his own dental hygiene routine was sufficient. He was convinced that dentists were for people that didn’t take care of their teeth and needed someone else to do it for them. However, when he felt some severe pain in his molars, he decided he had no choice and had to go in to see what was going on.
When he arrived, he waited for a moment in the lobby, then was escorted to a room in the back. Dr. White entered the room and asked him what was going on and David told him everything he needed to know.
“Oh, my molars are killing me! I’ve felt dreadful lately!”
“Well, let’s take a look,” replied the dentist. He poked around while David held the armrests tightly, wincing every now and then. After a few minutes, he said aloud, “Bingo. That’s your problem.”
“What is it? Am I going to perish?” asked David with fear in his voice.
The dentist laughed. “No, of course not. You have two rotten molars. I’m surprised you didn’t come in earlier. This must’ve been painful.”
“Well, I have felt some pain for awhile. What do you need to do? Fill a cavity?”
“I’m afraid we’ll have to pull both of them out.”
“Pull them out!” screamed David. “How will I eat? I can’t gum my food, for heaven’s sakes!”
“That’s the only option. We can do it now if you’d like.”
“Well, I guess if that’s my only choice,” he replied hesitantly.
The dentist prepped David and numbed his mouth. David felt euphoric after a few huffs of laughing gas. After some tugs and pulls, the dentist had finished the procedure.
“You’ll be in pain when the numbness wears off. Take some ibuprofen and you should be good.”
David looked in the mirror and smiled. It was quite clear that he had a massive gap on the right side of his teeth. “I look like an ogre! How can anyone love me? My cats won’t even know it’s me!”
“You look just fine,” said the dentist.
David smiled a genuine smile. “You’re right. I am fine.”
David walked out of the office more confident than ever.
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Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
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