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Numbing the mouth was not much in use in those days, and our dentist didn't believe in doing it. At that time, dentists also used the old drills that were run drive belts. They didn't drill, they grinded. It was very, very painful, particularly for a kid.

Oh God YES! I'd blocked that. I had a neighborhood dentist who worked out of his house, around the corner from us, who HAD to hate kids. I literally remember him saying "Now, what method of torture should we use today." The smell! And when he did use a needle it was HUGE. It took me years to get to a dentist when I was old enough to resist my Mom.

And then came Marathon Man. I was going to post the YouTube video but couldn't.

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