Yesterday I went to the dentist for a deep, under-the-gums cleaning. It was hideous.
Everyone, believe your dentist when he or she tells you to floss.
This procedure required six -- yes, SIX -- shots of Novocaine to numb the right side of my mouth. My dentist worked really fast, but everything about having your gums probed and scraped is negative and induces whimpers.
I walked out of the office hunched over, sweaty and hollow eyed. My face was so numb I couldn't make the straw work in my iced tea. I wasn't right for hours.
The worst part: I'm going back to do the other side of my mouth next week.
The silver lining: this time I'm paying the extra $100 for laughing gas.
The moral: I'm going to floss right now.