Most people I know have a deathly fear of going to the dentist. I DON’T!!! I’ve been going to dentist visits alone since I was 14 or 15 I think. I have absolutely no fear of them. NONE, ZILCH, NADA!!!! I guess this must stem from battling with horrid toothache for years and then getting relief after one too many visits. I associate dentist visit with pain relief. I think I can safely say suffering from said toothaches is responsible for my high pain threshold.
The only thing I don’t like about dentist visits – the numb feeling when you get those injections and not being allowed to chew/ drink hot or cold things for a few hours. Luckily thanks to my high pain threshold I sometimes ask if the work can be done without said injection which my dentist kindly obliges
Anyway, for a few years now I’ve been doing to the same dentist, reason being that you don’t have to wait long to get an appointment ( you can call today and get an appointment in 2-3 days) and he usually leaves gaps for walk-ins. Something tells me it is because he is in a “not so palatable” part of the city, but it doesn’t bother me. Another reason – he sends his bill directly to the medical aid/insurance . I don’t have to shell out funds and then go through the process of claiming back.
I don’t miss my yearly appointments and usually I go twice a year for check up. Yes I’m efficient like that – lesson learnt.
Imagine my shock when I called to make an appointment earlier this year with my trusted dentist only to be told he had retired and sold the business. Shock Horror, his could he do that me. I promptly dropped the phone , that was in Feb!! Anyway I was reaching the one year mark so I decided to give the new dentist a try.
A bit of background, my previous dentist is an old-ish Cypriot, happy-go-lucky man. Who always had some Greek (or Cypriot – same same or not) music playing in the background while he went about his work in your mouth, I got used to it and used to look forward to the music.
And I was expecting he would have sold the business to someone older – wrong very very wrong.
I wish a got a better picture – but imagine how odd it would look me trying to get his picture properly. He thought I was snapping the tools of the trade when I took this one.
Moral of the story. Don’t judge a book by its cover. He was very good and swift and I was in and out in about 20 mins. Except there was no music – sob sob. All done and no pain. Till February. Yes I go every February and Aug/Sept
Now over to you -
Are you afraid of the dentist?
Do you go 2ce yearly as recommended?
When do kids have to go for their first dental appointment? I need to find a kid-friendly one for K, she has 2 pearly whites and we can see another 6 will be out pretty soon
Ps: I’m doing some picture organization. Much easier than I expected but I’m glad to finally be getting it done before it gets too overwhelming . 10.5 months worth of pictures which if you know me means over 2000 pictures :) . 3.5 months done, 7 months to go, though it looks like I am missing some weeks, have to look for them tonight
Some cheerful pictures after all the talk about dentists