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Healthy Happy Smiles

It was technically supposed to be our last date before we got married…to each other.

I had come on a short leave of about a week to buy everything that I could have needed to look “pretty” – shoes, shirts, suits, ties, some indo-westerns…what else?

Parul, on the contrary, had been shopping since the last eight months !


It was a pleasant October Monday morning in Chandigarh. I borrowed my friend’s bike and like all good friends do, fell about a kilometer short of the nearest petrol pump and reached Parul’s PG an hour late.

She was still getting ready.


“So, what’s the plan?” I asked her as she sat on the pillion and her idyllic aroma overwhelmed my senses.

“Well, got an appointment at the boutique, need to pick up some sandals, your churidaar must be ready so we need to have a trial and…hmmm…let’s start moving first, I’ll tell you.”

I just loved the way she plans everything, leaves only the driving part to me…much easier !


“We need to see a friend of mine in Sector 21. Won’t take much longer and then we’ll move for lunch, OK?” she said after a couple of hours of shopping. We drove to Sector 21 and stopped in front a big red-bricked house.

“Healthy Happy Smiles Clinic” the board adjacent to the gate read. I had my sixth sense playing rugby inside my gut. Parul’s “friend” was a dentist – a lady dentist and I knew what was incoming for me but kept on hoping against hope.

“So, shall we have a look?” the dentist-cum-friend asked after the courteous congratulatory talk. Parul had a smile on her face as she looked at me. We let our eyes do the talking for a while.

“You should have told me.”

“Then you won’t have come.”

“I feel embarrassed….so embarrassed !”

“Don’t worry, it’s just a treatment. A quick sitting and you know you need it.”

“But a lady dentist ? And that too your friend ?”

“She’s giving us discount !” her eyes gleamed.

…and I lost another argument !

I needed a root canal treatment for my left upper molar, scaling and filling for some of them and detailed advisory for likely gingivitis i.e. bleeding gums.  


“Oral hygiene is not genetics that “if my mother had bad teeth, I am also born to have those” or “my bad breath resembles my father’s”. Oral hygiene is a practice one must understand and adhere to. The thing with oral hygiene is that it won’t show alarming signs when things are in the process of deterioration, but the unbearable pinch would come when things would’ve gone overboard,” the friendly-dentist explained to me.

“We don’t realize how much we put our oral system through every day. It’s a continuously working system and if we introspect how much we put behind the maintenance part, most of us would not be acknowledging the hardwork it does.” She sounded so right.

“Brushing your teeth twice daily with a good toothpaste like Colgate Total, rinsing your mouth after meals preferably with a good mouthwash and believing that you need to regularly see a dentist to have an expert opinion and likely treatment are some simple basic rules to follow towards a good oral hygiene.” The only thing left for me to say was “Thank You so very much.”


“Do I have bad breath ?” I asked Parul as I received my complimentary ice cream after the visit to the dentist.

“Nope,” she replied. “You smell good enough for me to decide getting married to you. I just don’t want you to keep your fake teeth on the bedside next to my photo after, say, fifty years. Let there be only turn-ons and no turn-offs between us!”


The plan sounded good enough and worth having some time dedicated for my oral hygiene. Afterall, it’s a short life and lots of love to make.


Healthy Happy Smiles to you all !

This is an entry for My Healthy Speak Blog on http://www.indiblogger.in

  1. May 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Haha! For a moment i bought the story!

  2. May 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I love it! I will be sending it on to my best friend the dental hygienist and her husband the dentist. Great job! May you both have a life time of delicious kisses with all your teeth, Namaste, mary

    • May 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Nawaazish !

      • May 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        आपका स्वागत, आप बधाई देने के कई आशीर्वाद।

        I used a translator on line so hopefully this says, “Your welcome, Wishing you many Blessings.” mary

      • May 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        A wonderful effort indeed. Truly honoured I am

  3. May 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    liked it 🙂

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