I'm here to talk dentists! And to confess I'm a quivering jelly when it comes to visiting one. Several really bad experiences have all left their mark. The low lights - wisdom teeth (all out before I turned eighteen), miscellaneous extractions in the days when that was the preferred option to straighten teeth and one very unpleasant experience at a dental school with a needle when I was 5 years old. I've fainted in the dentist chair on two occasions.
Needless to say, visiting the dentist hasn't featured high on my list of fun things to do. But a few years ago, I realised I couldn't put of going any longer so I asked around and found my new tooth expert.
I still don't like going to see him but I do like his approach to dental care.
My latest visit was to his hygienist! She is a Tartar Titan! All alien mouth forms will be found and ruthlessly eliminated!
I spent the morning before the visit, flossing and brushing and NOT eating chocolate! I'm actually pretty good with my tooth care but there's something about knowing the enamel will be examined under the microscope that makes me want to polish each millimetre meticulously.
I learned that I have an overbite, retrograde lower incisors, and that she could tell I was right handed because I don't do quite as well at cleaning the back molars on the upper left-hand side. Have to work on that!
She discovered an ultra-sensitive spot on one of my molars and had to scrape me off the ceiling back into the chair. That spot was 'painted' with a super-fluoride treatment which tasted suspiciously banana-ry.
Anyway, I'm thrilled to say that all is going well with my teeth and I'm doing a pretty good job of maintaining them. My reward was a 'show bag' containing tooth-related goodies! a tooth brush, a small tube of toothpaste and the cutest little floss!
How about you? Any scary dental stories? Does the thought of a visit to the dentist have your knees quaking?