“An Unusual Need for Dental Equipment Maintenance

For Dr Molar, it had been yet another busy and stressful day at her surgery. She had experienced every age demographic possible, and every teeth or gum related problem one could think of. She had even endured people utterly terrified of dentists—the most extreme of which had fainted as soon as she had seen any of the dental equipment.

But as per usual, the most difficult of her patients had been the children. But it wasn’t why you’d think. They hadn’t been terrors in the chair. They hadn’t screamed or cried or anything. Generally they were quite the opposite. They were usually scared so stiff that they wouldn’t move, which made carrying out the procedures a breeze. No, the place they were the problem was in the waiting room.

Each time she came out to welcome in the next patient, the waiting room would once again be a complete mess. She asked her receptionist, Peter, to clean up, but it just became more and more difficult. Peter was also relatively new, and to be honest, Dr Molar wasn’t quite sure why the temp agency had recommended him.

Finally, the end of the day came and the last patient exited the surgery. Dr Molar locked the door without hesitation and asked Peter if he could simply give the place a quick vacuum and they could worry about the rest tomorrow. Peter agreed and Dr Molar left without hesitation.

The next morning, Dr Molar arrived completely refreshed. She flicked on the lights to find Peter, still there in the same clothes as the day before. He was hunched over with the dental suction device, slowly making his way around the room.

“I’m finished!” he announced, a triumphant smile on his face.

Dr Molar had no words. She couldn’t believe he had spent all night cleaning with the suction device, rather than the actual vacuum cleaner. She fell into a seat, exasperated, before searching on the Internet for ‘Dental Equipment Maintenance.’ She was pretty sure the suction device would need a few repairs now.