I had a filling just recently. It was very painful, mainly in the wallet area. This is because I am “band two” NHS which is far too complicated to discuss now.
As I went back to work with my silly lolling jaw, (not to be confused with a LOLing jaw) I was of course subject to the ridicule that talkingg lyike thish entails.
Irritatingly, however, I was also subjected to the following conversation:
Person at Chris’s work who will remain nameless: “So you had a filling then?”
PACWWWRN: “I don’t have any fillings!”
Me: “That’sh lovely. I am so pleashed for you.”
PACWWWRN: “Yes, I have excellent teeth.” [followed by a smug look]
It really pisses me off when people try to claim it somehow makes them morally superior to have no fillings, and to suggest that I do not look after my teeth properly. You don’t get the same thing with broken bones do you? This is even more true when it is invariably, as it was on this occasion, followed by this conversation:
Me: (irritated now) “So, exactly when did you last go to the dentist?”
PACWWWRN: “Oh about 12 years ago. I have very good teeth.”
Where exactly is this person expecting to pick up a filling? In the street? When she falls asleep on the train? Maybe I will do one for her next time she yawns.