Fearing the Dentist No More- Finer Things Friday


Let me just start this post with the ugliest of confessions. I have not been to the dentist in a really long time. A really, really embarrassingly long time. And I liked it that way. I dread the dentist because I am not one to take the greatest care of my teeth and I live in fear that it is going to come back to haunt me.

My kids were at a dentist appointment in October and I was preaching the virtues of regular dental cleaning when the hygienist asked me where I go. Um……totally busted in front of my kids. Touché dental hygienist/master of manipulation. Touché.

So I immediately made an appointment out of guilt to get my teeth cleaned. Or I completely ignored the guilt and pretended I forgot. But THEN, we discovered we had a bunch of money left in our FSA. Money that had already come out of the paycheck and would go to waste if it wasn’t spent. I helpfully suggested Botox and lipo to my hubby but he countered with me going to the dentist. How is that a good counter offer??

So in desperation I made an appointment. For this morning. And about Tuesday of this week I began to dream up ways to get out of said appointment. Snowpacolypse tried to help me out but came one day too early. Stupid blizzard. Actually I am not mad about that because I also had an appointment to get my hair colored today and I would have driven right through the blizzard to make that happen. Mama had some bad roots.

ANYWHO- I made it to the dentist today. And despite the *mumble, mumble* years since I had been to the dentist, it wasn’t so bad. Well the horrid scraping of tartar was awful, but the rest, not so bad. The dentist even told me I had lovely teeth and gave me a “Good Job!” He really has no idea how poorly I take care of my teeth. That will be my (and the entire internet’s) little secret.

I owe my fabulous teeth to some awesome genes, my rock star Sonicare, and an apple a day. I read somewhere that eating one is like brushing your teeth. I am counting on that being a fact. Flossing and brushing three times a day is so overrated. I will now duck while you throw things at me.

finerthings This post is linked to Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things.


  1. I’m a “goody goody” I suppose, and just returned from my latest TWICE A YEAR dental cleaning. The sheer MENTION of the scraping of tartar gave me that icky watery mouth. Blech.
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  2. I, too, am a huge un-fan of the dentist. I went for a really, really long time without a visit… but then my hubby joined the Army. Now we have fantabulous dental insurance, so I’ve been twice in the last year. I go to a place called The Apprehensive Patient – Dental Care for Cowards. Isn’t that hilarious!!! The dentist there is really calm and nice.

    Congrats on your healthy checkup!
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  3. The last two times I’ve been the hygenist has told me that I should floss regularly, because “at my age” plaque can cause big problems. I’m not even 30 yet! Thanks, lady!
    Glad it wasn’t too bad for you!

  4. Well done on breaking that barrier and going.
    I hadn’t visited a dentist since I was at school a long time ago LOL and finally went – still no fillings *touches wood* which is amazing seeing as I have never been as good at teeth care as I should be.
    The irony is that my dad who has ALWAYS brushed, flossed and rinsed regular has teeth that decay at just the thought of a candy.
    Guess I inherited my mom’s teeth!

  5. *throwing my toothbrush* I didn’t go to the dentist for over 6 six years and had three cavities when I finally went. I kept up with my appointments every 6 months after that and have had a new cavity at probably half my appointments since then. How does that work??? But anyway, I understand the fear. What could be worse than being trapped in a chair with a stranger sticking sharp metal objects in your mouth? And the baking soda wash=Chinese water torture… Just my opinion :)
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  6. My husband is like you too. He doesn’t do anything great in caring for his teeth….but whenever he does go to the dentist…maybe once every four or five years….there is never anything wrong. Me on the other hand, has to take meds before going to the dentist so I don’t have an anxiety attack in the chair. And for me, there is almost always something wrong!
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    • We have the opposite in our marriage. I think my hubby wants to kill me because he is like a superstar in the brushing and flossing dept. and ALWAYS has cavities. clearly it comes down to genetics.

  7. You are not alone. I went to the dentist for the first time in *mumble mumble* years as well.

    I was very lucky, still no cavities. Since then, I’ve been trying very hard to take better care of my teeth to keep it that way. I am not always successful.
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  8. I’m with you!!! Hate it! I don’t think it’s the teeth cleaning as much as taking the time to go and do something like that for myself. It’s such a pain!!! But, the hair. . .Oh! Ya!!! I’m with you there too :)
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  9. Another dental slacker here–it’s been multiple years, like the length of my marriage, since I’ve seen a dentist! Glad you finally went. I’m sort of willing to try (if I could find a Dentist for Cowards as mentioned above) except we don’t have dental insurance. Thus it remains a low priority. :-(
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