Tight Lipped Tuesday #32

Last week I had a long awaited appointment with the dental hygienist.

Due to using a device that sprays lots of water around the hygienist and her assistant had to get togged up in an outfit similar to this but black instead of green……….

……….and a head covering which looked like an oversized biker’s helmet.

There was also a huge extractor machine by the window which had to be switched on for ten minutes  after I’d left the room before the next patient could come in.  Apparently, at the start of the restrictions, it had to be left on for an hour.

I felt like E.T. but I didn’t phone home because there were no hygienists in France so I really needed that appointment.



  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on May 18, 2021 - 08:20

    Snap. I was greeted with a similarly attired hygienist. They make the cowering GPs look really bad, with their phone appointments.

    • #2 by tialys on May 18, 2021 - 09:20

      I haven’t actually been to my GP yet. I would like to discuss something with him but they make it so difficult to get hold of them that I can’t be bothered – working your way round their online system is particularly fun. To be fair, it was sort of going that way before the pandemic. While I was still in France I remember my Mum telling me how difficult it was to get an appointment with her doctor and even just a phone appointment involved quite a wait. Now I wonder how many people will have missed diagnoses and treatments due to the difficulties of actually seeing somebody which have been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic.
      The routine screening invitations, however, keep coming and I’ve been taking them all up like a good girl. Mammogram on Thursday – whoopee!

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on May 18, 2021 - 09:02

    Yikes! Thanks for the warning.

    • #4 by tialys on May 18, 2021 - 09:22

      Well, apparently, because I hadn’t been able to go for so long she had to bring out the big guns – i.e. the water spraying thingy – otherwise she’d have been able to do it by hand which wouldn’t have necessitated the scary get up. I think the extractor fan might still be used though.

  3. #5 by Evie Jones on May 18, 2021 - 11:58

    Mine did old school scrapping off with a hook. 😳

    • #6 by tialys on May 19, 2021 - 08:53

      Because there weren’t any hygienists in France I used to visit one on my occasional visits to the U.K. but, obviously, that hadn’t been possible since the pandemic started. My dentist used to do a clean after a check up but I’d have to beg and he’d only spend 5 minutes whereas hygienists generally take 20 minutes to half an hour. Now I’ve had my initial visit, I’ll be on maintenance in the future and it will probably be ‘scraping with a hook’ or ‘doing it by hand’ as the hygienist called it.

  4. #7 by Laurie Graves on May 18, 2021 - 13:43

    Holy cats! Shades of E.T. is right.

    • #8 by tialys on May 19, 2021 - 08:50

      You have to find the humour somewhere don’t you?

  5. #10 by Emmely on May 18, 2021 - 18:55

    Oh my! I also need to plan an appointment, it’s been a bit long since I went. I wonder how they handle things here.

    • #11 by tialys on May 19, 2021 - 08:49

      Do you have hygienists in Holland? We didn’t have them in France.

      • #12 by Emmely on May 23, 2021 - 05:58

        Yes, I usually schedule appointments with dentist and hygienist at the same time so I only need to go once.

      • #13 by tialys on May 24, 2021 - 10:09

        I will do the same in future.

  6. #14 by kathyreeves on May 18, 2021 - 19:03

    Very other worldly, but now your teeth are sparkling clean!

    • #15 by tialys on May 19, 2021 - 08:48

      ‘Other worldly’ is right 👽

  7. #16 by cedar51 on May 19, 2021 - 01:03

    I’d not had mine cleaned for some years – but the dude said they were actually in fine shape – explained why 2 of the teeth (L & R/upper) were worse due to the saliva gland is right there. I was actually stunned – although I did change over a couple of years ago to an rechargeable tooth brush which he said had been a good idea.
    At first it was hard to get an appt as we’d had a few lockdowns and everyone that was’t urgent was postponed but now apparently when I want to go ahead with the rest, 2/3 days. I may have the rest of the teeth out but not in a rush…

    • #17 by tialys on May 19, 2021 - 08:47

      The waiting list was very long – I put my name down for a cancellation otherwise I’d be waiting another 3 or 4 weeks.

  8. #18 by Born To Organize on May 22, 2021 - 05:36

    Wow! Not so tight-lipped, eh? I hope you got the intended results. That is really something else.

  9. #19 by tinaor on May 22, 2021 - 12:13

    Wow – what an outfit! I guess this could become part of ongoing dentistry – we might have to get used to it for some time/forever. I am sure I am amongst the millions not worried about missing regular dentist visits. I hadn’t really thought it might be more difficult to remove all the rubbish accumulated, more was aware I’d probably be ‘told off’ for not going!

    • #20 by tialys on May 24, 2021 - 10:13

      Well, I did have the excuse of moving from a country without hygienists and then the quarantine and lockdowns so I didn’t get told off too much.

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