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Encouragement to make the appt. Success after 15+ years



Junior member
Aug 19, 2023
I avoided the dentist for 15 + years. Maybe even 20 years. I would change subjects in conversations about dental visits or issues. Talk over toothpaste commercials. I mustered the courage to make the call to get my teeth back in order. I just left the dentist and it truly was great. They were all so kind and supportive. My x-rays looked great besides 1 issue with my bottom front teeth. They shifted forward and turned causing some gum and bone loss. They believe it should primarily be resolved with an orthodontist but may require more work. I had 3 smal surface cavities and no other gum issues. I got a dembridment which didn't hurt at all and I go back in October for a routine cleaning and to fill the cavities. All in all they said my teeth were in great shape and were kind of shocked. I do floss and brush twice a day (sometimes 3) and use mouth wash. I am considering myself to be very very lucky. Hopefully the orthodontist thinks he can resolve the front bottom teeth preventing other treatment. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Still not cured of this phobia but a good first start. Once we fix the issues, we're looking at how to get rid of some stains that were caused by my removal of braces many moons ago. They scrapped off enamel and I forever had stains.

Please do yourself a favor and make the call. Trust me. I lost 10 plus pounds not eating with my anxiety leading up to this. I immediately stopped for sushi on the way home. I was starving when the anxiety subsided. Looking forward to a good night sleep now too.
Congratulations! Good job. Nice to move forward.