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