Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I do not...

like the dentist. Now, she is, I'm sure, a lovely person, but as the dentists, yeah, we're not friends. I would honestly rather visit my Midwife for a pelvic exam than the dentist. (Those of you who know my dislike for all things medical surely must understand how deeply my loathing for the tooth-doctor goes...)

I have not actually been to the dentist in four years. We don't have dental coverage, and I have pretty darn good teeth, so I don't go. But, alas, a year and a half ago, I saw something that looked like it might be a cavity. I put it off for a long time, but finally, decided I didn't want to be toothless so I went.

Here is my issue with the dentist-

I don't like being judged. I do not like getting a lecture, no matter how well-intended that makes me feel like a slug for not having been in four years. I KNOW I should go more often, good oral hygiene is important to me, but seriously, when you have to buy stuff like food and gas, the dentist gets pushed to the very bottom of the list.

No, I don't care for laying there like a moron, having two people leering over me, with bright lights shining in my eyes, with my mouth wide open like some kind of never ending pit. I feel like I've been abducted by aliens, seriously.

I do not like wearing a bib. No, I feel like an infant, drooling all over myself while other people mess with me. Messy faces and bibs are adorable on Spencer, but not so much on his mommy.

I do not like having cavities. Well, in truth, I've never actually had a real one before. I had the beginnings of one that they just slapped a filling on, no needles, or drilling at all, four years ago. But, I don't like the IDEA of having one. Really, it freaks me out. It also freaks me out to think about my mouth being all numb. Again, the drooling is bothersome. So, imagine my delight when it turned out that the suspected cavity, was actually just a bit of build up that the alien-dentist-very-nice-woman cleaned right off. No needles. My streak continues.

I made an appointment for June 16th for a full cleaning. I may cancel it. We'll just see.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Oh, I so hear you. I could have written your post. I hate pelvic exams and yet I would have 100 pelvic exams if it meant never having to go to the dentis!

Anna said...

Oh no, I haven't been to the dentist for at least 4 years either, thanks to no dental insurance, however we now have dental insurance and so will make an appointment, you just made me realize how torturous its going to be. I think I can handle all of it but the lecture. Maybe I'll just start lecturing them on lowering there fees to make it possible for someone without insurance to be able to afford to have a professional brush their teeth.

Chels said...

"I don't like being judged. I do not like getting a lecture, no matter how well-intended that makes me feel like a slug for not having been in four years. I KNOW I should go more often, good oral hygiene is important to me, but seriously, when you have to buy stuff like food and gas, the dentist gets pushed to the very bottom of the list."

That's why I hate the dentist, as well. Don't judge me! Yeah, those are coffee-stains. Wanna try and poke around me when I haven't had any? I dare you. I just DARE you!

I haven't been to the dentist since that cavity filling I had during Theater Camp last summer.

Jae said...

agree. agree. agree. I hate going to the dentist and hearing I have bad teeth. THANKS! Here's your $300.

Yasmine said...

It really does feel like you've been abducted by aliens. I really really really hate the dentist too. I haven't been in years either and I keep blaming it on no dental insurance but we're going to have excellent coverage now and I STILL don't want to go!

Nathaly said...

It seems 4 is the magic number. I just went last month for the first time in 4 years. But I have terrible teeth, so guess how many cavities I have? Yup. 4. Which means I get to go back to the torture chair at least 2 more times. For me, the worst part is having metal instruments scraped against my teeth. That feeling makes all the hairs stand up on my entire body and sends a shiver down my spine. Pure torture. Thankfully my dentist is my former bishop and the sweetest man on earth, and completely understands the insurance situation and therefore does not judge me for never going to see him.

Lindsey said...

I HATE the dentist!!!! I didn't use to until Eric and I went to a crappy dentist who decided to drill in our mouths for no reason and make our teeth worse than when we went in to her. I didn't have any cavities until I went to her and then I magically had like 6 massive ones that needed a bunch of dental work. How convenient for her and her practice that needed money. I am totally on the I hate the dentist bandwagon now!

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