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Makes my teeth chatter
Member Name: mejulie999
Advantages: It keeps the teeth and gums healthy
Disadvantages: It scares the life out of me
In life, two things are harder than anything. One is giving birth and the other is going to the Dentist. All human beings have to do things they don't like and other things they love. I defy anyone to say they like to go to the dentist. I don't want to write about any particular dentist, just the experience of it.
As a child i remember being marched in, kicking and screaming and insisting that i be knocked out before the man in the white coat dared approach me with his 'mirror on a stick' as i called it. Of course my insistence to be in a state of oblivion was met with a harsh look over the thick rimmed glasses of the dentist and an offer of a lollipop when he had finished, which defeated the object of going at all, if i was going to get something to further rot the teeth at the end of the visit.
I know now the importance of healthy teeth and gums but as a child you don't relate to what is good for you, even when it is drummed into you. A visit when i was about 9, stuck in my mind because i had a tooth that was growing at a very strange angle and had to be removed. It was then that i first had the experience of being put to sleep. I remember distinctly, flying in a hot air balloon and looking down on a village full of dentists, running around with mirrors, trying to find me. Every time i go to the dentist now, i still envisage this and i see myself in the balloon whenever the mirror heads towards my open mouth.
Most of our fears when visiting the dentist are irrational because products numb our mouths ready for the work that has to be done. However, i see the needle that is going to numb my gums and think of the pain it causes before the numbing takes place. I cannot bear the noise of the drill and the packing in of the filling into the tooth. Most of all, i dislike myself for feeling so scared and child like when it comes to my dental visits. I am an independant woman who has always had to make alot of important decisions in life but i quiver at the thought of sitting in a dentist chair. I do have to say though, that i regularly visit the dentist, at least twice a year for a good cleaning and look after my teeth. If the alternative is being gummy and watching my teeth in a glass next to the bed, then i will continue to deal with my fear.
Summary: Dental work is a necessity but not an enjoyment