- May 25, 2018
I am a 48 year old woman who is educated, has a good job and take my kids to the dentist..yet I can not bring myself to go to the dentist. I haven't been in 30 years..and on the surface, my smile seems normal and healthy to the outside world, but on the inside, I have 5 molars that have completely rotted away below the gum line. I have deep, black gaping holes where my teeth should be. As a child, I was never taken to the dentist and as I got older, the fear kept me away..then it morphed into the fear of the humiliation and embarrassment of the condition of my teeth. I am afraid the dentist and the staff will be horrified and judge me. Has anyone out there who is a dentist that has seen someone like myself? Anyone a patient that is like myself that can offer some advice? How do I explain myself when making an appointment? I feel hopeless and anxious..I haven't even told my husband as he is very judgmental and often makes comments on people with bad teeth. I feel like running away or hiding under the covers forever. I don't know what to do..it all feels too overwhelming and scary.