Mouth At War

March 3, 2009

I might have been sitting in a dental school classroom, taking lecture notes on all the bad things that can happen in the mouth. But I was prone in my dentist’s chair, enthralled with a stream-of-conscious presentation the hygienist delivered while prodding gums and polishing teeth.

Some of her medical textbook words I didn’t recognize. What I saw clearly was passion for her work. The theme: everyone’s mouth is a vicious battleground, and if the bad guys — horrid germs of every ilk — win,  big trouble awaits.

When I thanked her for the information, she said: “I like talking about teeth.”