The Tooth, The Whole Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth

SilverPlatinum By SilverPlatinum, 20th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Richard sat slumped on his living room sofa by the t.v, hoping that his favourite serial, 'Crossroads' would help to distract him from his toothache.

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth

"Stop touching it, Richard!" Said Cheryl to her brother. "The more you touch it, the more it's going to hurt. The sooner you grasp this, the better."
Richard sat slumped on his living room sofa by the t.v,, hoping that his favourite serial, 'Crossroads' would help to distract him from his toothache. They were both in their thirties and their parents had gone to Flourida for the week. It was early Summer, a time when people are out and about, enjoying the warm weather, but poor Richard, because of this toothache, was confinded to remain indoors as his tooth had actually become so loose that even when he opened his mouth to speak, it moved back and forth.
"There's only one solution now, my dear brother." Said Cheryl. "It's got to come off."
There was an instant look of fear on Richard's face and he sunk lower down on his sofa.
"No! That's going to hurt alot!" "Now,you listen to me very carefully. There's absolutely no way that you're going to pull it off!" He turned his head to the left, sulking.
Cheryl didn’t know whether to feel sorry for him or thump him. It was, after all, for his own benefit and so, she lifted the telephone receiver and rang the dentist.
“Hello, I’d like to book an appointment for my brother, Richard Spencer. Oh that’s great, 10.30 a.m. tomorrow morning. Super. Bye!” Cheryl placed the receiver down on the phone. She went up to Richard and gave him a sisterly hug.
“Oh, don’t be such a baby, Richard. Remember, the pain will only last a few moments as the dentist pulls it out.”
“Oh thanks, Cheryl. That really makes me feel a lot better!” She went next door singing to the kitchen and opened the fridge door. There was chocolate pudding in a glass bowl. As she lifted it out and lifted the plate that rested on top of it, it didn’t take very long for the smell to reach Richard.

“Hey, what’s that lovely smell?” Called out Richard from the living room.
“Oh, it’s nothing.” Replied Cheryl, placing a large spoon in her mouth. Her eyes closed in ecstasy.
“Mmmmm!” “This is absolutely yummy. I’m in Heaven at this point in time.” Suddenly, Richard appeared and instinctively grabbed the spoon and bowl from her and quickly placed a spoonful in his mouth. There was a moments silence and then,
“Aaahhh!!” Cheryl tugged the bowl and spoon from him and threw the choclolate pudding in the bin. Richard cupped his mouth, jumping up and down.
“Serves you right, Richard!” “Now you’re going to feel even more pain. How many times did Mum and Dad tell you not to eat any kind of junk food because of your toothache?”
“It’s all your fault. You tempted me with that chocolate pudding. That was supposed to be for the two of us so I was saving it for later!”
And so, the day passed by in this manner and the next morning, Cheryl decided to accompany Richard to the dentist. When they arrived, at 09.50 a.m., there were two patients seated, an old man in his 80’s and he had a plaster across his jaw-bone and he was making moaning sounds. Beside him was young lady who seemed very calm and relaxed. Richard and Cheryl sat beside her and she smiled.
“Hi, my name is Richard. Hey, you don’t look tense at all.” He said, nervously.
“There’s nothing to be tense about.” She replied.
“Excuse me, but you have such a wonderful set of teeth, so er…why are you here?”
“I’ve come to give my father, moral support.” and she turned to the old man and held his hands. He smiled to reveal one gold tooth in his mouth. Cheryl found it hard to control her laughter at her brother’s ignorance and excused herself and went to the Ladies room and burst out in a fit of laughter.
“Ahhh haa haa haa haa!” “Ahhh haa haa!”
A few moments later when she emerged, she was surprised to see that nobody was there in the waiting room. She went to reception.
“Excuse me, but I came in with my brother, Richard Spencer. Did you see him leave the building?” The receptionist looked into her appointment book and scrolled down. She pointed to the Dentist’s surgery.
“Oh, do you know when he went in?” She shrugged. “Can I join him, please?” She nodded. Cheryl knocked the door and entered. Richard was lying stretched out on the chair and the dentist, a tall young man and his young female assistant were standing around Richard. The assistant held a rubber face mask which was over Richard’s mouth.
“Please be seated. You are?” Asked the assistant.
“I’m Cheryl Spencer, his sister.” “It that anesthesia you’re giving him?” The assistant nodded.
“There’s absolutely nothing to worry about, Ms Spencer,” Said the dentist, “but I must say, you’re a very brave girl and hats off to you for bringing him here.”
“What…I don’t follow you.”
The dentist placed an X-Ray plate up against a projection screen which lit up to reveal left, right and front images of Richard’s skull. He pointed with his pen at white areas around the gum region around the infected tooth.
“I know it may not be clear to you, so let me explain. Your brother had picked up a fungal infection that was slowly spreading around his entire gums and it had reached it’s advanced stage. If you had delayed any longer, then it would spread to his jaw-bone and we would have to use surgery to amputate it. Now, I’ve applied some medicated gel and am giving you this prescription for steroids. Nine a week then eight and so forth. Don’t miss a single dose.”
Cheryl’s face grew long and unhappy. The dentist’s assistant placed her hands on her shoulders.
“Well done. You may not be aware, but you saved your brother from a terrible fate.” Cheryl stared at Richard who was now conscious.
“Come on silly, let’s go home. Oh, and by the way; how are you feeling now?”
“Well, to be perfectly honest, I feel very nauseous; and that’s the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.” There was a brief pause and then they all burst out laughing.
“Ha haa haa haa haa haa haa!”
In the days that followed, Richard completed his regular dose of steroids, collected from the chemist, and made a firm decision never to allow his taste glands get the better of him. He turned vegan and changed his entire eating habits by giving up meat and all junk food and led a fit and healthy lifestyle from there on, and his sister, mum and dad all followed his example.

The End


Dentist, Tooth Ache, Tooth Care, Tooth Decay, Tooth Extraction

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author avatar SilverPlatinum
I've just obtained my Bachelor of Honours in Literature. I would like to focus more on my writing skills, as I have been having my works published since 1990. These include, poems and stories.

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author avatar Markthespark
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Lovely funny story in parts. Thanks for that!

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author avatar SilverPlatinum
20th Mar 2015 (#)

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks very much, Mark. :-)

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