Jan. 26 might not have much significance to most, but it’s a somber anniversary to me.

In 1875, the dental drill was invented.

Oh, there were predecessors, but the first electric drill was patented on this day in 1875 by American dentist George F. Green. The invention revolutionized dentistry and led to more powerful and faster drills.

Fantastic.

I mean, having somebody come at you with a swirling, grinding tool with the goal of putting it into your mouth isn’t something I wish to celebrate.

Sorry dentists, but you guys are one of my greatest sources of anxiety. You’re right there next to snakes and heights and a lot of other stuff I’d rather not admit to.

If I’m not mistaken, your teeth grow right out of your face and are attached to bone. That seems like something you shouldn’t mess with.

Ironically, I see the dentist at least twice a year.

For someone who doesn’t like going to the dentist, that sounds like someone who enjoys going to the dentist.

I really don’t, but I have an explanation.

Because I don’t like having someone put their hands in my mouth, especially if they’re going to push on my gums, tap on my teeth or, heaven forbid, drill, I practice preventive care. If I have my teeth cleaned and checked frequently, it is my hope and belief I will be able to reduce the about of work that must be done on my teeth.

Plus, I try to do what my dentist tells me to do, and that is brush twice a day and floss daily. I even use those little brushes they call Christmas trees to work in between my teeth as an extra measure of cleanliness.

I must, I must, I must keep the drilling at bay.

I know nothing about drilling people’s teeth, but I gather the electric drill revolutionized dentistry because those high speeds they could achieve would get the work done much faster, reducing the amount of suffering a patient has to endure.

On the other hand, any advancements in dentistry should be welcome. Anything “they” can do to keep my teeth healthy and to reduce or eliminate discomfort when something does go wrong would make the inventor a hero to me.

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