- Jan 2, 2013
I, like so many others, have been terrified of the dentist since childhood. I had a traumatic experience a child and I've never been able to get over it. For whatever reason my fear has gotten worse as I've gotten older. Needless to day, I haven't seen a dentist in quite sometime. I just made my first appointment and I'm scared to death. I actually cried while on the phone with the receptionist. I'm so scared of losing my teeth. The teeth themselves don't seem bad. Very stained from years of smoking (quit 1 year ago), but in pretty good shape. My gums on the other hand look horrible. Very re and swollen and some areas of gum are very loose. I can pull them away from teeth. I'm pretty sure pregnancy exacerbated my gum condition also. I feel like they're deteriorating rapidly. I think it's safe I say I have advanced periodontal disease. I'm so scared about my upcoming appointment. What are they going to do? What is the first step in treatment. Plus, I'm so scared of the judgement. I'm trying to prepare myself for losing the effected teeth, but part of me is hopeful that I won't. Advice...