1 (edited by Peatle Jville 2018-04-16 00:17:52)

Topic: Ask For Better Music

Ask For Better Music.
"Hell oh great to see you."
"Grab a seat the Dentist will see you soon ".
"He is running a bit late."
Any doubts I have had about me having an eternity now removed.
A half hour is more than an eternity right now.
A happy smiling person appears out of the dentist room and pays the receptionist.
"Come in sorry about the delay".
A young dental assistant calls out to me.
For many years this use to be a bussiness owned by the same dentist.
It is now owned by a business corporation
"What sort of music would you like to hear?"
In a moment of weakness I say, "anything I'm easy".
Within a few seconds a very annoying tune starts playing softly in the background.
The TV screen on the ceiling with fish floating around not much more comfort.
The word idiot floats into my head you deserve this.
Very grumpy looking man introduces himself as my dentist for today.
Already I can feel the big extraction of funds from my bank account.
Words of my Welsh friend circulating in my head," back home NHS would have paid for this".
The pretty assistant starts singing softly in a not so pretty voice.
Mr Grumpy my name for the dentists asks me questions that I can't answer due to things put in my mouth.
A voice only heard by me in my head yelling hurry up.
"Everything alright."?
I lie and say." yes".
Once again my doubts about eternity removed.
Half an hour in this dentist chair an eternity.
"There is a bit more work to be done please arrange another visit with the receptionist while paying your bill".
A sum of money I don't want to hear comes out of the receptionist mouth and my bank.
I arrange a time for my next appointment thinking next time I will ask for some better music.

2 (edited by TIGLJK 2018-04-16 00:29:12)

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FABULOUS  !!!!|

YOU NAILED IT PERFECTLY
(except for the part where he tells you that's enough for today and puts something temporary in - instead of finishing the job).
Then, as you are  sitting in your car  adjusting your seat belt and looking in the rear view mirror to admire his work, you see him dashing across the parking lot to his Lexus with his golf clubs, and pull out in hurry while texting his buddies he is on the way !

Great one Peatle, Oh Lord Loremaster  smile

P.S>  No offense intended to any of you who are DDS's  smile

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

3 (edited by easybeat 2018-04-16 04:04:24)

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Peatle
i love that title,great story.
when the dentist has finished mucking around in my mouth,i usually say.
sometimes    maybe    no     i will if i remember    perhaps next month
then he gives me a funny look,i say, hey, thats the answers to all the things you asked me when you had ya hands in my mouth.
can`t afford to be too cheeky,after all hes the guy with the needle.

None Hit Wonder

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Hi Peatle, great story and unfortunately too true!

I have to correct you on a couple of points...

1. This might have been more at home in poems?

2. Here in the UK we now have to pay for dental treatment, there are NHS dentists but you can never get in to see them that's why British teeth have gone to pot.

As you eloquently say; all medical establishments are run by private businesses with the sole aim of making a darn good profit at our expense of course.

My dentist is a very nice chap and the music is easy listening stuff....no choice, there is also a map on the ceiling and occasionally some of his holiday snaps...nothing to excite the patient too much!!!

I love the way you can put your thoughts and adventures down in an entertaining way...keep them coming LoreMaster

Ask not what Chordie can do for you, but what you can do for Chordie.

5 (edited by Peatle Jville 2018-04-16 11:50:39)

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Cheers TIG, EB and Phill great to have your input on teeth. I would be interested to hear other peoples stories about teeth also. I was thinking about maybe putting this under poems but then thought it wasn't really a poem so I put it up as a chat.  Here is something I recently read about teeth that interested me. The Battle of Waterloo (1815) saw about 43,500 men killed, most of who were buried in mass graves. Generally young and healthy, their teeth were pulled as part of the interment process. Barrels of teeth flooded the market and were shipped all over the world. British soldiers were expected to care for their teeth because they needed to be able to bite their cartridges open; every second soldier was issued with a toothbrushed to be shared with one other.    In 1815, dentistry as we know it today was in its infancy - and the mouths of the rich were rotten. So they took teeth for their dentures from the bodies of tens of thousands of dead soldiers on the battlefield at Waterloo.

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Abe Lincoln...you might have heard of him? had a set of wooden teeth. Just thought I'd impart that bit of trivia...

Ask not what Chordie can do for you, but what you can do for Chordie.

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Phill Williams wrote:

Hi Peatle, great story and unfortunately too true!

I have to correct you on a couple of points...

1. This might have been more at home in poems?

2. Here in the UK we now have to pay for dental treatment, there are NHS dentists but you can never get in to see them that's why British teeth have gone to pot.

As you eloquently say; all medical establishments are run by private businesses with the sole aim of making a darn good profit at our expense of course.

My dentist is a very nice chap and the music is easy listening stuff....no choice, there is also a map on the ceiling and occasionally some of his holiday snaps...nothing to excite the patient too much!!!

I love the way you can put your thoughts and adventures down in an entertaining way...keep them coming LoreMaster

say it aint so you have to PAY for dental work? and the guy that worked for free did a better job?  lol i suppose we will have to start paying mechanics and plumbers next. smart a@# remarks aside that is a great story Peatle. i opt for classical gas when i go to the dentist.

out of tune out of key and out of touch

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Phill
George Washington = Wooden Teeth, Not Abe Lincoln

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

9 (edited by Peatle Jville 2018-04-16 20:48:36)

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Hello Mojo the thing that  interests me about paying for a dentist here in New Zealand is health insurance and  dentist cover are two seperate things,  I always think of my teeth as part of my health not a seperate thing.
TIG and Phill this is what I have just found out about George Washington and his teeth after reading your comments.
George Washington (1732–1799) suffered from problems with his teeth throughout his life, and historians have tracked his experiences in great detail.  He lost his first adult tooth when he was twenty-two and had only one left by the time he became president. John Adams says he lost them because he used them to crack Brazil nuts but modern historians suggest the mercury oxide, which he was given to treat illnesses such as smallpox and malaria, probably contributed to the loss. He had several sets of false teeth made, four of them by a dentist named John Greenwood. None of the sets, contrary to popular belief, was made from wood or contained any wood. The set made when he became president was carved from hippopotamus and elephant ivory, held together with gold springs. Prior to these, he had a set made with real human teeth, likely ones he purchased from "several unnamed Negroes, presumably Mount Vernon slaves" in 1784. Washington's dental problems left him in constant pain, for which he took laudanum.

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Peatle...you are a mine of information. I apologise for mixing up the presidents, but I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong...but wasn't Washington English? So maybe he had some of the Waterloo dead peoples teeth?

Ask not what Chordie can do for you, but what you can do for Chordie.

11 (edited by Classical Guitar 2018-04-16 23:18:31)

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I have read that Washington had wooden teeth and years ago when we went to Mt. Vernon that is also what they were made from wood painted white.  I guess white paint also contained lead.

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

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Hi Phill and CG I will attach a short youtube Doco on George Washington teeth.

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, at his family’s plantation on Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, in the British colony of Virginia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTWsh9OW3E

13 (edited by Classical Guitar 2018-04-17 08:21:39)

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Thank you and I watched the video. It is surprising since even on the tour of Mt. Vernon our guide said he had wooden teeth. Guess he needed more training. I can see from his dentures why he never smiled.  I would think eating at all was hard for anyone who wore the early dentures. Can you imagine going to an early dentist with the pain that went with it? Makes you wonder how many teeth the early dentist had.

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

14 (edited by Tenement Funster 2018-04-17 09:13:15)

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Wow ... I wouldn't have guessed that dentistry had such a storied history. Thanks to our resident "Loremaster" for all the great info, and interesting details about past usages of teeth. Some of it is almost gruesome sounding, like something out of an X Files program. Jim Unger ("Herman" comic strip) had lots of content about dentists:

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Cheer TF first time I have seen a  Jim Unger Herman comic strip I enjoyed that it reminded me of Gary Larson The  Far Side Cartoons.

16 (edited by Peatle Jville 2018-04-18 02:56:50)

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CG I guess going to dentist in George Washingtons days was a bit of a risky venture .  I have read Paul Revere best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dabbled in dentistry. He was a Silversmith but when times were hard to help make ends meet he  took up dentistry, a skill set he was taught by a practicing surgeon who lodged at a friend's house. How much training Paul got I wonder. Imagine doing that, thinking times are tough I  will get a friend to teach me  dentistry and I will have a go at  fixing some teeth for those who can afford my services. Paul  Revere's friend and compatriot Joseph Warren was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Because soldiers killed in battle were often buried in mass graves without ceremony, Warren's grave was unmarked. On March 21, 1776, several days after the British army left Boston, Revere, Warren's brothers, and a few friends went to the battlefield and found a grave containing two bodies. After being buried for nine months, Warren's face was unrecognizable, but Revere was able to identify Warren's body because he had placed a false tooth in Warren's mouth, and recognized the wire he had used for fastening it. Warren was given a proper funeral and reburied in a marked grave

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And who could forget Bunker Hill..... birthplace of Forensic Dentistry !!  smile

"what is this quintessence of dust?"  - Shakespeare

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actually occurred on Breed's Hill

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

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There is  well-documented evidence to the use of teeth for identification began during 66 AD with Agrippina and Lollia Pauline case. Agrippina after her marriage with Claudius, emperor of Rome, Agrippina tries to secure her position. She feared about rich divorcee Lollia Paulina may still be a rival for her husband. She decided that it would be safer if Lollia Paulina was dead. She instructed her soldier to kill Lollia Paulina and further instructed to bring the head back. She was satisfied by Lollia Paulina death by the identification of dental alignments and certain distinctive characteristics. It was the first use of dental identification where there is a record.
The first forensic identification in India started in 1193 were Jai Chand, a great Indian monarchy was destroyed by Muhammad's army and Jai Chand, Raja of Kanauji was murdered and he was identified by his false teeth.
Peter Halket was killed in 1758 during French and Indian wars in a battle near Fort Duquesne. Halket son identified his father's skeleton by an artificial tooth.
At the battle for Breed's Hill in Boston, Dr. Joseph Waren was killed in the year 1776. His face was not able to identify as he suffered from a fatal head wound. A dentist, Paul Revere, identified Dr.Warren, dead body by a small denture that he had fabricated for him. The identification made by Paul Revere made it possible to burry Dr. Warren on April 8th, 1776 with a full military honour.
Breed's Hill is a glacial drumlin located in the Charlestown section of Boston, Massachusetts. It is best known as the location where in 1775, early in the American Revolutionary War, most of the fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill took place.