Let it be known that I haven’t always disliked going to the dentist. When I was young, I actually enjoyed it. The woman who always cleaned our teeth was super nice, the waiting room had the coolest magazines, and it usually meant I got to get out of school early. Oh, and I never had cavities, either.
Then as I got older, we had to switch due to insurance issues and I began loathing going to the dentist. I didn’t like the people who cleaned my teeth, I had to get braces (and we all know how mortifying of an experience that is) and I had my first cavity. I now understood why people hated going to the dentist so much. Here are just a few reasons.
I can only imagine how gross I look when they are cleaning my teeth/playing around in my mouth. They can see right up my nose, my mouth is open at its widest point, and I’m sure it’s just not a pleasant experience. I always feel like I’m running out of breath and constantly worry that I’m going to sneeze, cough or spit on the dentist. This increases my anxiety and just makes me even more uncomfortable. There’s nowhere to look while they’re in there filling cavities or scraping away at your teeth, so awkward eye contact is inevitable. Then they try to have a full-on conversation with you while they’re cleaning your teeth. There’s no way I can talk with 4 tools and 5 fingers in my mouth, lady!
It Hurts. Sometimes.
I’m actually pretty good with pain and needles don’t bother me, so at least I have that going for me. Regardless, my teeth, mouth and gums are always in rough shape after a dentist visit. Sometimes they scrape a little too hard, floss a little too much or I get a tension headache from the appointment. That’s not fun. And having to go back to work with a half numb mouth isn’t really awesome, either.
I’m Never Good Enough for Them
Is it just me, or are people at the dentist office mean? I take good care of my teeth, yet somehow they always find something wrong or find some way to make my visit miserable. “You have beautiful teeth”, they’ll say to me. I’ll smile and thank them, only to hear them say “But you should work on flossing more”. Really? I try to floss daily, but I have a lot of other more important things to do. Or I get that flouride treatment they recommended (since I’m such a good patient), only for them to say, “Ooopsies, that wasn’t covered by your insurance. Pay up!”
Do you dislike going to the dentist? Do you have any horror stories to tell?