I believe children of dentists have more burdens to bear than children of any other type of doctor, because there's far more daily guilt that goes along with dental care. And what better time to have the relive that guilt than this month, which is National Dental Hygiene Month.
As a child of a dentist, I can assure you, that guilt never goes away, even after your dentist parent is retired. There are simply too many ways you can knowingly (and unknowingly) mess up your teeth. But it's not just about tooth care guilt. Here are 14 signs you were raised by a dentist parent that go way beyond sugar-free soda.
You purposefully floss less now that you're an adult as a form of rebellion against all those years of surprise in-home floss inspections. However, the victorious feeling only lasts until your dentist parent sees the state of your gums at your annual checkup.
You could easily make a giant, elaborate collage of all the x-ray photos of your molars alone. You also tend to glow a little at night from all the radiation (jk jk, but seriously, that's a lot of radiation exposure).
Come on... They were probably having fun too.
Last I checked, a dentistry degree was not genetically transferrable, but sure, you might want to get that greyish tooth checked out.
Suddenly you're playing the role of busy receptionist. "The doctor is booked all through March, but would sometime in April work for you?"
People can't understand why you've had cavities filled if you're the child of a dentist.
And your dentist parent LOVES playing into that scary stereotype.
That stuff was never allowed anywhere near your mouth when you were growing up, so now you have an inherent aversion to it.
After all, it feels really good to be bad sometimes.
Because of how many times you get free ones, you always expect them to appear when you need one.
Spoiler alert: all of them.
What? They give it to patients all the time!
Uh oh... Sarah's creeping into level two...
If only they'd stop accidentally getting thrown into the trash!
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