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Finally made first appointment

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ReginaPhalange

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One more appointment done ?

It wasn't tooo bad. A little bit of pain at certain points, like twinges. The embarrassment was probably worse. She was nice and didn't say anything to make me feel guilty, but mentioned the tartar was stubborn because it was years of build up and that it'll probably take another two half hour appointments. She only did the bottom teeth today and showed me how I should be using the electric toothbrush (because it's been a long time she can't tell if I'm already doing it right ?), and gave me the little brush for in between.

My teeth feel really weird, like each tooth feels like its own separate one. Not sure if that makes sense but the years of neglect really were apparent. I won't let that happen again!
 
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I just looked at the back of my front teeth. Can't believe the difference! ?
 
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Well done :claps:!!! It's amazing isn't it? Don't worry about the weird separate feeling - it won't last very long ?. Glad to hear that your hygienist was nice and didn't make any negative comments! Congratulations:you-rock:
 
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just read your entire thread- you are so inspiring!! Thats awesome your cleaning went well today and you can feel a noticeable difference too! :cheer2:
 
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Well done :claps:!!! It's amazing isn't it? Don't worry about the weird separate feeling - it won't last very long ?. Glad to hear that your hygienist was nice and didn't make any negative comments! Congratulations:you-rock:
Thank you! Yes, and it's amazing to think that what I thought this time last year was badly decayed, rotting teeth that could all need extracted, was just tartar and could be so much better after half an hour!

She didn't make negative comments as such, although it was clearly worse than she expected and obvious I hadn't been to a dentist for years, whereas with the dentist himself it was more like he was working on an individual tooth at a time, and I could forget about the state of my mouth as a whole. But if she was disgusted, she certainly hid it well, and that's all that matters really!
 
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just read your entire thread- you are so inspiring!! Thats awesome your cleaning went well today and you can feel a noticeable difference too! :cheer2:
Thank you so much, that must have taken ages to read! I did ramble a bit ?
 
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I just realised, I had another cleaning appointment today and forgot to update here. I really think that's a sign that dental appointments are now becoming normal to me. I'm almost in shock! I wish I could tell myself all this a year or ten ago, but instead I'll tell anyone new reading this... Make the appointment if you can, it's so worth it!
 
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I just realised, I had another cleaning appointment today and forgot to update here. I really think that's a sign that dental appointments are now becoming normal to me. I'm almost in shock! I wish I could tell myself all this a year or ten ago, but instead I'll tell anyone new reading this... Make the appointment if you can, it's so worth it!

That’s so great Regina! You have made remarkably fast progress with tackling your fears. Once you made up your mind there was no stopping you! Congrats on how far you have come!
 
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Make the appointment if you can, it's so worth it!

I second this! ReginaPhalange, you’re doing amazing. I read through your journal and it’s amazing to see your progress. I love that appointments are becoming routine for you and I hope I get there really soon!

Also, I love your username. ?
 
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Wow, that's been a whole year since I made my first appointment and posted here. It sounds like a long time but after so many years of not going and avoiding dentist discussions at all costs, I feel like I've come a long way in a fairly short time. If anyone is reading who is thinking about making an appointment, just think, this time next year you could be looking back at when you felt like that, or looking forward to a healthy new mouth... Either way, not feeling stuck. My only regret is definitely waiting so long.

Thank you all so much for the support. I wouldn't have made the appointment without it (even though I hadn't even joined DFC, I still benefitted from it). Sorry for not being on much any more ?
 
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Wow I seriously cannot believe that it has been a whole year already! That went by so quickly!
 
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