Dentists and Pipe Smoking!

I literally just got a tooth pulled. When I was 18, my dentist set me up with an appointment to get all four of my wisdom teeth removed. When I showed up for the appointment, the surgeon only pulled my bottom wisdom teeth and said that I didn’t need my top two pulled. Sure enough my top right came in and caused problems for me.

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All this to say, that I am always surprised by how doctor’s, especially dentists are about smoking pipes. My brother went to get his teeth cleaned and after he told the dentist that he did drink coffee and he smoked a pipe, the dentist said, “be sure to floss.” My friend went to the doctor for a check up on his diabetes and after he told the doctor that he smoked a pipe, the doctor shrugged his shoulders and said, “that’s fine.” When I went in to get the tooth pulled, the surgeon’s assistant asked me if I smoked, and I said that I smoked a pipe. She said, “Oh that doesn’t quite smell so bad.”

Later the surgeon came in and as he shoots my mouth with wonderful numbness, he asked, “So, what do you do?”

I said, “I make tobacco pipes,” mumblingly.

He said, “I used to smoke a pipe.”

The assistant said, “I didn’t know that!”

He said, “It was a lot more popular back then, and all I remember as that I really enjoyed it!”

As pipe smokers we are in an interesting minority. I don’t want to get into a debate on the health, or lack there of, with pipe smoking. I just want to share my little conversation with the dentist that I went home and chuckled about with my wife as I laid back and watch TV with a mouth full of gauze and one less tooth.

Cheers, John