Sometimes, reaching a local maximum can be a lot more rewarding than the absolute one.
I had some good years of dentist relations, and of course a lot of so-so ones. Years where the little things add up in one way or the other, where focusing on one thing only seems to mean another will be remarked upon during the next check-up.
Last time I went, we had the usual conversations, the usual x-rays, and the usual poking around. As far as I recall, the comments sounded as they usually do as well.
Then, the dentist wrapped up the examination. I was expecting some immediate or schedulet follow-up to address this or that, as well some comments about flossing more, brushing softer, not drinking carbonated drinks, what have you.
All I got was "We do not need to do anything."
No praise could have felt greater.