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Are you sure this isn't a version of the electric chair? No wonder folks don't like going to the dentist. Myself, I've never had a bad experience at the dentist but this picture gives me the creeps.
Yeah. Thanks, but no thanks. That's only half a step above having the blacksmith pull out a tooth with pliers.
I swear I remember that "spit" bowl from my childhood. I was born in Wayne County, Michigan.
Yeah, I think a gun in my mouth would be preferred.
My dentist still has porcelain "spit bowls" like that. Thank god everything else is modern.
I remember spit bowls from the 1950s and 1960s. But not since the 1980s or so. Dentists or hygienists in several states have told me that State Dental Boards won't allow spit bowls, because they spread germs. That particular room is, among other things, too small for a dental assistant, which speeds up the process. I'm all for that. The walls do allow for multiple certificates, so I suppose the dentist is well trained, at least. I well remember dental exam rooms that look like this. Maybe that's why I'm a white-knuckle dental patient to this day.