Friday, December 7

Things I Know About Dentists

For weeks now I have been battling some tooth issues. I had hoped that the power of positive thinking was going to wish it all away. Sadly though that was not the case.

Apparently that is not the way to deal with infections inside your gum though. Neither is chewing through pain killers like they are candy, though that does at least mask the symptoms so it is easier to ignore said problem.

According to my lovely dentist (no seriously he really was quite lovely and incredibly gentle all things considered) the only way to rid oneself of a gum infection is via medical intervention. (Who would have thought huh?)

Deep down I did know what he said to be true. Which was kinda why I was sitting in his chair in the first place. What I don't know  however is why it took me so long to get to the chair.

It is not that I am scared of the dentist or even fearful in anyway, I just don't like going. Mind you apart from one crazy lady I don't know anyone who actually likes going to the dentist. Which is a shame for dentist really because so far all the ones I have met have been really rather lovely.

On the whole I tend to find going to the dentist a rather draining experience more than anything. Draining in that I use a great deal of mental power convincing myself that all will be well. Perhaps if I went on a more regular basis for check ups and the like rather than only when there were rather severe matters at hand to be dealt with things would be a little difference. Perhaps if I was a multi millionaire I would be able to afford such a luxury?

So in light of Wednesday's experience here is what I know about dentists

 I know that it wasn't nearly as terrible as I was expecting. In both terms of expense and pain.

 I know that the pain after it has been a lot worse than I was expecting. A lot worse. But when I think of all I had done I guess it is not that surprising. Not that I want to share two many details as I find it rather embarrassing, but I do have a few stitches.

 I know it is hard not to worry that there is still some infection left and that is why it is still painful. The dentist assured me though that what he was doing would get rid of all the infection.

 I know that dental equipment has really come forward in leaps and bounds.

I know that it I was super impressed the way the x-rays taken didn't need to be developed as they were automatically transferred to the computer screen.

I know that the fact even I could see there was a problem in the x-ray meant I probably should have made an appointment at least a week ago. 

I know  that I was so incredibly thankful that the dental surgery was able to squeeze me in on the day I finally got the gumption to call and make an appointment. 

I know that even though it still wasn't a cheap exercise, it was a lot cheaper than I expected. I know that having private health insurance is great and I am so glad we somehow find the money to pay it each and every month.

I know having teeth removed feels to me like an integral part of me ripped from my soul. I think that is why I put it off for as long as possible.

I know that I just love joining in with Miss Cinders and Grace to flog all that I know


  1. I really need to get to the dentist. I have a massive hole in the back of one of my teeth that really needs filling but trying to find the time when I can go and someone can look after Mia is not the easiest. I really should do it though as I won't be looking too attractive when said tooth falls right out of my mouth coz there is nothing left of it! I hope your mouth heals up quick for you.

  2. I went to the dentist this week. I got a referral to a lovely dental surgeon who has lots of drugs. No way is anybody sitting on my chest to pull my wisdoms while I can see and feel it!

  3. Thank you thank you for reminding me to book an appointment with my dentist before I go away in a few weeks. I'm glad you don't have the fear some people I know have (some people meaning me). they say it's a massive preventative health step as there are some diseases you can contract and get quite ill from via your gums! so well done for eventually taking yourself there.

  4. This might seem strange but I like going to the dentist! I lie there, close my eyes and relax while she's working! But maybe this is because I never had major issues with my teeth.

  5. It's definitely not my fave. But a good chance to practise meditation whilst sitting in the chair. I'm also greateful to have health insurance and like going to the HCF dentist as it costs nothing at the time and that is very satisfying. Dentists are nice, aren't they, but I must say it's a job I'd never do.

  6. Oh gosh I hate the dentist. I'm not frightened of them but I don't trust them either,ha! Like mechanics, they could tell me anything.

  7. Ooh yeah, I'm not a dentist lover. I guess it is like a lot of things - the thought is often worse than anything else!. Now, to book that dentist appointment... next year maybe...

  8. We finally have a good dentist. Still don't like it.. but he does a great job, and charges out the whazoo for the pleasure too.

    I do need a checkup, because they sent me a little note to remind me!

  9. I'm no good at going to the dentist either Rhianna. I think it's laziness on my part and not seeing that I have a reason to go. Last time (which was some years ago...) I had an infection in my mouth too which needed attention. But I have never been back since...I really should make that call and go back in for a check-up.

    I have tagged you too in the christmas wish list game started up by Jess on Tuesday. Apologies if you've already been tagged!

  10. Yeowch! I feel sorry for dentists because everyone dreads going to see them. But it is one of those things, if you keep putting it off, it just gets worse.
    Hope you feel better soon x

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  12. Yeah the after is never really fun, but I'm glad you're on the mend.
    And honestly, health insurance is so good. Not cheap but it's paid for itself for us in every year we've had it. It's paid for itself on Bridie's constant ear surgeries!

  13. The dentist sucks. I went two years ago, it wasn't too bad, dentistry has come a long way. So far so good, no doubt I will have to go again in the future, hopefully not in the near future.

  14. I hate the dentist. I started hating them even more after one near killed me - septicaemia when your breastfeeding a new baby isn't the best experience. So I avoid them like the plague!

    But I have to say I understand how awesome it is to feel no pain after having teeth fixed! Tis bliss!

    I know I have to bookmark this post so I can read it before my next appointment!!

    Thanks for linking up beautiful xxx

  15. Thank heavens for private health insurance. I hate the dentist too and have been procrastinating for a few weeks - must make that appointment


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