silence is compliance 18

There will be no silence

Impressing People (Primarily Your Dentist) May 25, 2012

I have always wondered why people made such an effort to impress others. Why do I put on makeup when I go out in public? Why am I trying to impress people who I will most likely never see again and whose opinions of me have absolutely no impact on my life? I will never know – but I will still continue to put on makeup before I go out in public.

I promise eventually I will get to the impressing your dentist part, but first a backstory. When I was little, and I went to the dentist (EVERY 6 MONTHS!) they would always tell me where I needed to brush better,. I took this to heart, and would work so hard to make sure I got every spot in my mouth. Because of this, I developed extremely good dental hygiene habits. Once I turned eight or so they would tell me that I did such a good job brushing and flossing. I was really, really proud of this. Also, around this time my family bought a really good electric toothbrush (we had a head for each person-don’t worry!). This made my brushing a lot better. I used it from then on and never had to worry about getting yelled at by my dentist, until I grew up a little bit and got braces.

Now braces are not fun and they hurt and I generally hated them. Also, it was hard to brush well and floss while I had them. Brushing was difficult because I had gotten older so I didn’t brush my teeth in my parents’ bathroom so I couldn’t use the electric toothbrush. It was also hard to get into tight spaces. Flossing was difficult because it took forever. When you have braces, it takes no lesst than ten minutes to floss your teeth. I didn’t have the time or patience for that! Because of this, my teeth were generally not as healthy as they were before. Now we get to the impressing people part!

Every time I would go to the dentist I would always brush really, really good ahead of time and floss. This was not the most helpful for my teeth, but I thought my dental hygienists wouldn’t realize that I hadn’t been doing this for 6 months (or more honestly about two years).  Obviously, I wasn’t impressing them with my falsified extremely good brushing and flossing, but I did it anyway. Why was I trying to impress them? Wasn’t I (or more accurately my parents’ insurance) paying THEM? Why would they pay them and not be honest? That’s like going to a psychiatrist and being like “Nope, I have absolutely no mental problems! That’s why I’m here!” It makes no sense whatsoever!

Eventually I realized that, and now I simply brush my teeth like normal and floss ONCE like normal before I go to the dentist. Last time I went my hygienist said, “Do you always brush like this, or did you just do it for me?” SEE! They know that a lot of the time we brush badly and then go to them and brush well once! Coincidentally the only time I’ve ever been asked that was when I do in fact always brush like that but still! So people, brush your teeth well all of the time and floss often! But if you’re not going to do that, at least be honest with your dentist. They are being paid to help you; you don’t have to impress them.

All of this had already occurred to me, when one day in le classe de Français (French Class… I think…) we were discussing our daily routines (get up, get dressed, take a shower, etc.) when my french teacher asked about flossing. I saw that I was the only person of my class of over 20 students that flossed on a regular basis. Then she asked, “how about right before you go to the dentist?” and nearly every hand went up. Clearly, this is a common problem that needs fixing! Again, I say, YOU DON’T NEED TO IMPRESS YOUR DENTIST, AND YOU’RE NOT IMPRESSING THEM!



Hello world!

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WordPress started this blog post for me, so I decided to keep the title “Hello world!” which seems to be an appropriate title to me. They told me to say why I am starting the blog, which seems like a good idea. It is also however, a difficult question. Truthfully, I am not sure why I started this blog. I don’t really expect people to be interested in my life or rants or anything else. I guess I just wanted to talk about myself. This seems narcissistic however. Maybe I just wanted to talk to myself. It seems that often talking to yourself is more helpful than talking to other people. But couldn’t I have just done that with a journal. Then it would be more private and I wouldn’t need to use proper grammar our avoid cursing. I’ve decided that I like this better partially for that reason — it raises expectations. With a journal I would not be able to as deeply express my feelings because I would not think about it. On here, the slightest possibility of someone else reading this makes me want to make sure it is up to par. The other reason why I think I decided to post on here is because of the slightest possibility of someone reading it. With a journal, there is no chance, and even if I do not expect people to want to read this, it would be amazing if someone did and it cheered them up or made them feel less alone or gave them a glimpse into another point of view and the glimmer of hope is enough I think.

WordPress also told me to say where I saw this blog going. For that, I don’t really know. I see myself posting my opinions in hopefully a somewhat entertaining way. I know I will post rants, but I guess my hope is that these rants will be well thought out and make sense, but make me feel better at the same time. That is all I know for sure right now, but I guess I can update this when I know for sure.

Now I decided to talk about my name on here. The 18 part simply came fromt the fact that silenceiscompliance was already a username so I had to add a number. Silence Is Compliance is a term used in debate basically where if your opponent does not refute your point, they automatically agree with it. However, I feel that in life this is a useful idea. If people don’t talk they cannot hope to make a change or let anyone know that they see a problem. By talking and expressing ourselves, we make it possible for changes to occur. Napolean Bonaparte, who I will admit was a terrible person but was an excellent leader, said “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent,” and I think he was spot on with this.