Once I was indoctrinated into the consensus ideas about caring for my teeth, cavities, flossing, regular check ups and cleaning, I began to perform as programmed and produced the usual number of cavities and the usual amount of plaque.
This belief structure worked well for me most of my life. Other than that one period when I didn’t go to the dentist at all in reaction to being told that I needed all the metal fillings in my head replaced with the new white ones. And no apologies for the metal ones, just a huge bill to switch everything.
For me, this raises an important question. If all the things that these authoritative folks with the white coats and fancy gadgets say are true today, how do we reconcile this with all the mayhem they created in the past with what they thought was true then? Which we now have to pay for, without apologies?
Interestingly though, even after ten years of not going to the dentist at all, it only cost about 3 grand to sort things out when I finally went back to a new dentist.
I did the math and this was less than the cost of the semi-annual cleanings and check-ups that I had missed.
So, bringing this up to the moment, I have been putting off getting my teeth cleaned because I have not been very faithful about flossing or using the Waterpik.
A recent adjustment to my understanding of my relationship with outer reality has meant that I now realize that this is a benefit that I am offering myself and that the hygienist is helping me, bless her heart.
Consequently, it was not a problem to go to the dentist today, even though I have not been a ‘good boy’ about flossing and etc.
And here’s the thing. It only cost me $160, took less than an hour, and was only moderately uncomfortable. I happen to know that even when I floss like a maniac, a cleaning still costs me $140 and takes about the same time.
So, for an extra $2o every six months, my diligent dental hygienist will take care of all of this for me and I am grateful for her assistance.
Let’s think about how much time flossing and aggressive dental hygiene takes. I say at least 3 minutes a day, likely more like five. So this is at least 90 minutes a month and that works out to 18 hours a year.
At my last job I made $30 an hour, so eighteen hours of my time is worth about $540 compared to the yearly cleaning cost of 2 x 160 = $320.
For me, this means that I can let go of much of the unwanted regimentation and discipline around flossing, and brushing, and let the Universe, in the guise of my dental hygienist, help take care of all this for me.