It had been nearly seven years since Dave Tomlinson's last root canal.
He remembered the uncomfortable feeling of having his mouth open for an unusual amount of time, the cold dental silverware like brittle ice between numbing, vertical incisions.
Dave vowed to cut back on Porterhouse steak and cheese/broccoli baked potatoes. Instead, his indulgence would be simple Dove bars while watching Alex Trebek sigh "no" during a dramatic moment during "Jeopardy."
Dave pondered the usefulness of dental floss and debated the merits of Aquafresh vs. Colgate.
It would turn out to be an uneventful visit although the dental assistant spoke in even tones about recent local brush fires.