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*You should still probably go to the dentist.

I’m not typically timid about going to the dentist, I actually like my clinic and have never felt uncomfortable there. But with it being pandemic times, I was really dreading the idea of even going. This counts as, no kidding, the 5th time I’ve left my apartment building since March. To say I’ve been careful is an understatement.

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But I had to go, even though it was a routine checkup, for certain health reasons. They have everyone waiting in their cars until the staff is ready, which luckily for me was before I even parked. There’s double the staff in the office and everyone is in PPE, which was both reassuring and also disconcerting since I haven’t seen that many people crowded indoors anywhere in ages.

The temp and blood pressure checks are standard in my office, but they added in a step where patients have to swish a hydrogen peroxide for a full minute since there’s just so much fluid that’ll be in the air. I’m usually friendly and chatty with my hygienist, but this time I reflexively kinda just kept my mouth shut the entire time until they were ready to get to work, out of fear of spreading literally anything. A few chairs away I could hear this man and his hygienist chatting it up, talking about July 4th plans like it’s nbd and it BLEW MY MIND. Just... how? How are people still so chill and casual?

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Sitting there just made me hyper aware of just how wet everything gets at the dentist. Ugh. After I was done, the hygienist offered me travel toothpaste and I said, “Lol, we’re not traveling anywhere!” Overall I felt, uh, as safe as one can feel in a dentist office right now. You know, as much as you can in any place that makes you sign a waiver first.

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