Imagine that one person it seems everybody knows. That friend who has the big personality and the big smile. The one dude or girl who is always laughing, and constantly making everyone else laugh too. They have an innate inner warmth and a magnetic charm that makes other people instantly like them. Are you imagining him or her? Now, imagine the exact polar opposite of that person. Congratulations you have just met my dentist. She is a fine dentist, excellent actually, possibly the best I have had in my life to date, but a humorous and warm person she is not. In fact if I had to describe her in one word I think “robotic” would sum it up best. Therefore it shocked me beyond belief the other day on my most recent visit when she busted out one of the greatest one liners I have ever heard from a medical professional. The line is good but the delivery was so dead-pan, so spot on serious, that it had to be seen and experienced to be believed. Even now, three days later, I chuckle as I recall it. She did not smile, or laugh, or change the tone of her voice in any way before, during, or after the entire exchange.
Dentist: How are you doing with your flossing? Are you flossing everyday?
Me: Pretty much, when I remember.
Dentist: That’s OK.
At this point she took a long pause. I was thinking, sweet she is not going to hassle me about stupid flossing, I knew it wasn’t that big of a deal. But then just as I was relaxing and thinking I had dodged a bullet she took a little breath, looked right at me and said
“You only have to remember to floss the ones you want to keep.”
I am sure she is not the first dentist to use this line but I can’t believe anyone could deliver it better. Classic.