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Dentists in Brooklyn

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Posted by Alibrando on Tuesday, July 4th 2017:

While growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I had occasion to use three Dentists. I used Dr. Jack Friedman (49th St., and 15th Ave.), Dr. Gitlen, on Westminster Road, near Glenwood Rd., and Dr. Abe Mencher, on Avenue J., and E. 13th St. There were no receptionists at any of those practices, and no dental hygienists, or assistants. All of them did the cleaning of the teeth, and the filling of the cavities, by themselves. There was one thing I could never understand, though, and still don't understand to this day. Whenever I had cavities, and required a filling, two of those Dentists (I never had any drilling with one of them), never gave me Novocaine to relieve the pain. It was torture to be drilled without a pain killer. In fact, I didn't even know what Novocaine was, until I moved out of town. Did any of you have any similar experiences with your Dentists in Brooklyn? Surely, Novocaine was around in the 1950's and 1960's? Incidentally, if one is lucky, the fillings which are used today will last maybe seven years, and then have to be replaced. I still have the old silver amalgam fillings in my teeth, which are still good, from the 1950's and 1960's. The latter fillings are my souvenirs, from Brooklyn, NY!

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