i managed to live into my 50s without having any cavities or needing any dental work, so i was a little sad to have developed some.
it was cool going to the the dentist, though. i only sort of count as a new patient, though, because my current dentist bought my childhood dentist's practice and although i had not been there since before dr. fersing retired (he has since died) i'm not exactly a new patient.
i am the prodigal dental patient.
the new dentist has not taken dr. fersing's original nameplate off of the door and has no intention of ever doing so, which warms my heart.
i got my first two fillings last week.