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Pumpkingirl

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I’ve been a long time lurker of this forum, obsessively checking it to see if anyone was in the same position as me and comparing myself to others.

Long story short I am 33 years old and haven’t been to the dentist for about 22 years. I never really liked it as a kid so just stopped going and brushed it off every time my parents told me I should go. Fast forward many years and I’ve probably been depressed about the state of my teeth and gums for about 10 years now. My gums are bright red and swollen and had a load of plaque and tartar built up. I was desperate to at least try and do something but felt it was too late and the embarrassment of someone seeing the state I had let them get in just overcome me! I cover my mouth when I laugh, I don’t show my teeth in pics, I mumble when I talk because I just feel like everyone is looking at my teeth and gums and I am so embaressed.

About a month ago I decided enough was enough and googled a dentist that specialises in nervous patients and sent an email. Spoke to an amazing lady who rang me and spoke through everything with me. She booked me an appointment for a month later (long waiting times). I very nearly cancelled but this is taking over my life and has even give me thoughts of suicide because I thought I was going to have to have all my teeth removed! I’ve been frantically googling for years and reading horror stories about all sorts.

Anyway, I finally plucked up the courage to walk in. I cried while I waited and I cried on the chair. I had a full mouth assessment and to my surprise even though I haven’t been for 20 years I needed no fillings as had no cavities (I don’t eat hardly any sugar) but as suspected, all my teeth at the front has gum disease. Although I was surprised to hear the pockets were only 2-3mm. (I had convinced myself I had severe periodontal disease and you would think so if you saw the pics). However the dentist booked me in for 3 hygiene visits but the next one wasn’t till July! Felt a bit gutted as now I have been I just wanted to get there! Walked out the dentist like a weight has been lifted and I can’t believe I actually did it. Dentist didn’t judge me at all.

To my surprise I had an email this morning saying the hygienist has a cancellation today and would I like to go. LET'S DO THIS I thought! It’s now or never! So off I went today. Was equally as nervous today but the hygienist was amazing! She did a scale for about 30 minutes and was able to get a lot of the plaque off as a starter. I felt absolutely no pain whatsoever! My teeth look and feel a million times better already! I can’t believe it. This was only a starter appointment but she said she was able to get a lot of it off on that appt but I will need a good few more to try to get my gums decent again. Gums still red and swollen but plaque build up has been removed.

I honestly am so happy already and can’t wait to see if she can hopefully help me more. PLEASE if you are scared please bite the bullet and go. It will change your life.
 
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Pumpkingirl

:welcome: First off , welcome and glad you shared your story!! This is awesome...you did great and you sound like you have such a caring kind dental team! This is awesome you really stepped beyond your fear and what a pay off ! :welldone::dance::you-rock::perfect:
 
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