So I am shadowing my dentist the other day and I strike up a conversation with his beautiful daughter. She tells me she could never work in someone's mouth. I tell her dentistry isn't for everyone. She goes on to tell me her dad is always complaining about his neck hurting. I really like dentistry because I get to work with my hands and use all kinds of instruments. But if my neck is going to kill me, I don't know if it's worth it. My only other option would be to go to med school and hopefully match into gen surg. Even then, I don't know if it would be any better. What do you guys think? I asked my dentist the other day if it bothered him to work in peoples' mouths, and he became very defensive. I quickly reassured him I was not trying to talk down on his profession, I just wanted to know if he had any regrets. He goes on to tell me that I would be surprised how the elderly people have nice gum tissue and teeth. Then he says, "I guess you would think otherwise unless you were a dentist and worked with patients." Do you think he was just trying to defend his profession or do most of the elderly have some pretty disgusting mouths?