Dental Anxiety

Yesterday I worked 8 hours,  then went to the dentist.
Does anyone else feel the way I do about the dentist?   Terrified because of experiences from your childhood.   Convinced that they create problems with your teeth just to get your money.  That’s how I have been all of my adult life and about 6 months ago that changed.
I decided to call a local dentist and make an appointment for a cleaning.   Not because I cared,  but because my kids were asking to go and get their teeth cleaned.   They were making me feel guilty.   I can’t very well expect them to go to the dentist regularly if I won’t.  Nor can I expect them to have good experiences at the dentist if I tell them or show them how scared I am.
I knew my first appointment would be a rough one.   They didn’t even clean my teeth because of all the plaque,  they did lots of xrays and the verdict was in.   I needed to come in for a full mouth debridement..I think that’s what it’s called. ..I also was in need of 1 root canal,  2 extractions,  2 crowns and like 18 fillings.   Yup. .. That’s a whole lot of work.   I decided to take a whole new approach to the dentist though. .. make appointments and more importantly keep the appointments.   I got all the crap scraped off my teeth a couple weeks after the initial appointment,  they already could see a vast improvement in my gums because I had started flossing regularly.   A month later 2 extractions and 3 fillings,  a month after that a root canal,  crown and 3 more fillings.   Then about 2 months after that 4 more fillings.

Yesterday I went in for my cleaning.   My second consecutive cleaning at a dentist. . For the first time in my adult life I made appointments and kept every single one, even though I was terrified.

Now I love my dentist.   Slowly but surely my smile is looking amazing.   My kids went 6 months ago too and are due for the next cleaning next week .  They are actually looking forward to it.   Who knew that at 34 I could turn my opinion of dentists around 180 degrees.   Mind over matter. . That’s for sure!

And oh ya,  another 3 miles down for #100milesinmay

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Published by Making Time For Me

Wife, Mother, Step Mom, Control Freak. 7 years into my second marriage and dedicated to making my home a chemical free safe haven <3

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