About 4 years ago, I started to see something wrong with my teeth. It wasn’t pretty – but some of my teeth near the back looked like they were decaying. Wait. Decaying is too nice of a word. Rotting. They looked like they were rotting right near my gum. I was petrified. I did the typical thing that someone does in 2018 – I googled it.
I got the usual response from Google: You have a brain tumour and you are going to die.
I hadn’t been to the dentist in 7 years. I’d always had good teeth. When I was a child and my mum took me to the dentist, Dr Payne (yes, that was his name!) always said how healthy my teeth were and how clear it was that I looked after them. When I was around 8, I hadn’t lost a single baby tooth and my adult teeth started growing being my baby teeth. I saw that a sign of well looked after teeth! I had to have some removed to allow them to move into the correct space.
When I went off to university, I had intended on coming home for appointments. But it only happened once. Then I stopped. Then I got kicked out of my dentist. Then I didn’t go for 7 years. Then it was doom.
I looked into dentists around my area most of then weren’t accepting new patients. The waiting lists were long and I didn’t want to pay lots for a private dentist. I finally got in with an NHS dentist and prepared myself for the worst. I thought they were going to tell me that all my teeth were going to fall out and I needed false teeth. This is partly because I am dramatic and partly because my dad and one of my brothers both needed false teeth from an early age.
I went to the dentist, they asked on a scale of one to ten hour nervous I was and I said nine. From there they did everything possible to make me comfortable, talking me through everything they were doing. I had cavities that needed filling in. That’s all. Phew!
The moral of the story is – dentists aren’t that scary. If you put off going, you build it up into your head to be a big deal when it’s not.
Also – you take your smile for granted until you become aware of a problem with your teeth. Then you lose confidence. Are hyper-aware every time you smile to keep your mouth closed. It can have a real effect on how you communicate with others. Companies like Saving Faces can really help you gain your confidence back with treatments in Liverpool veneers, braces, teeth whitening and more!