- Oct 25, 2014
I finally started treatment for gum disease two weeks ago, after avoiding dentists for the past five years. Things are definitely better now that my mouth is healing, but the fear that led me to avoid the dentist is still there, albeit not as strong just now. Has anyone else dealt with an irrational fear of losing teeth? I say irrational, because every dentist, orthodontist, and periodontist I've seen has told me that my teeth are strong and stable, despite the gum disease. And yet, there's still this thing in my head telling me that brushing/flossing/chewing isn't safe, and that I could lose a tooth at any time. Like I said, now that I'm taking action, these fears are a lot more manageable, but there still there. Is anyone else dealing with similar fear, and if so, how do you cope and stop believing the fear?