The next two consultations went by in a jiffy. The first one just had a guava seed stuck in this teeth and I can’t remember why the second one had come. Something about jaw pain? I need to look up his file and see if it was something serious. I just remember brushing him aside with some medications. Next, the pretty girl with the Chetan Bhagat novel entered my clinic and that was when my day really started.
‘I think I need to get my teeth cleaned,’ she said while putting her bag on a swivel chair. I stood up and stammered, ‘Yes sure, let’s have a look.’ It wasn’t that she was exceptionally pretty. Maybe I had been single for a long while. I was like that sprinter who was tired of waiting for the gunshot. I could go off like a cannon even on the sound of a sneeze. I forgot to look at her case file and sat her down on my dental chair. All masked and gloved up, I realized that I hadn’t asked her name.
‘So, what’s your name?’ I asked after some contemplation.
‘Gega Gaagia,’ she choked.
‘Oops! My bad!’ I took out my mouth mirror from her mouth in order to let her speak. ‘Every single time!’ I thought, kicking myself in my mind.
‘Neha Walia,’ she replied with slight amusement.
‘So Miss Walia, what brings you here?’ I leaned back on my chair with a smile.
A dentist can be really intimidating with the mouth-mask and gloves appearance so, we tend to be really friendly in order to compensate. Unfortunately for me, as Neha later told me, I looked really creepy smiling with that mouth mask covering my face.
‘Uh, I just wanted to get my teeth cleaned,’ this time the amusement in her voice was amiss. I could judge that I needed to keep it together. I cursorily looked at her teeth which seemed to be in fine condition but, since she was here for a routine cleaning, I transferred her to the Hygienist’s chair.
The hygienist did her job and Neha was sent back to my cabin. She looked cross.
‘What’s the matter?’ I asked.
‘They still look the same!’ She said.
‘Well, you can go for bleaching if you want really shiny white teeth but, I think your teeth look just fine. The hygiene has removed the debris from your gums.’ I assured her. I was about to write her prescription.
‘Okay, I will go now. How much?’ She said in a dull tone.
‘Just Rs. 1500,’ I said smiling while glaring at her disappointed face. She dug in her purse, took out the money and was about to leave. I smiled because I knew the most important part still remained.
‘Also, I will prescribe a mouthwash and gum massage for you.’ I said and noticed that her eyes had lit up.
‘And you have to rinse your mouth while following these instructions rigourously.’ I said with a sudden serious air about myself. Then I went on to describe the whole routine she was supposed to follow. I had stopped smiling with my eyes.
She nodded and seemed happier. I went on to write a prescription for her.