Seems like my dentist's office is among the latest to have become paranoid. Earlier this week, before they would begin cleaning my teeth, I had to have my picture taken -- "for security reasons" was their formal answer. Come on! What do they think I'm going to do? Send a proxy to have dental work done? ;-) Maybe it's that there's fraud in the dental insurance industry ... Don't they use dental x-rays for identifying people? And wouldn't that suffice?
DH says to get over it, and I will, but seeing as there is so much fraud out there, wouldn't you think they would use the tools already in their possession instead of using one that has greater potential to change?