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The Roots of My Dental Anxiety

When I was 6 years old, I slapped my dentist.

Yes. Seriously.

He'd found a cavity in one of my baby teeth.  At age 6, I didn't fully understand the mechanics of getting a filling -- but I did know that cavities resulted in loud and scary drilling sounds.

So, I was nervous.

My mom sat nearby as the hygienist reclined the child-sized dental chair.  I was whining and whimpering.  Most of...
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