I bit the bullet and went

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I finally dragged myself to the dentist last week for the first time in years. I’m both terrified and not terrified of the dentist - I guess it’s not so much fear of going but fear of being shamed and made to feel bad?

I’m 26 and have a longgggg history of anorexia and depression which has ruined my oral hygiene efforts, as well as being chronically ill and on tonnes of medication that have left me with a mouth dryer than the Sahara desert 😂

I found out at my appointment that I need to have 5 teeth removed and definitely need 4 fillings and a root canal (plus possibly 2 more fillings but we didn’t get the X-rays done to confirm that because after the first 3 ones I couldn’t bring myself to do another one. They were pretty sure that 2 more teeth had cavities but it could just be discolouration apparently.

I’m scared for all of it really - the dentist was lovely and reassuring but it still feels like a lot. I’ve got 5 appointments booked in to get started with things - the first is for a deep clean (and we’ll do the final X-ray then), then 2 fillings, then the other 2 fillings, then the root canal and finally the first extraction. I’ll then book the other 4 and go from there I guess.

Yeah, so that’s me. I don’t really know why I’m posting, I feel kinda embarrassed that I let things get so bad? :(
 

MattKW

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Good for you. If there's nothing requiring urgent attention, start with the easiest step and gradually build up your confidence and trust. Some patients are OK to come once a month rather than overload and try to do too much too quickly. :)
 

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Good for you. If there's nothing requiring urgent attention, start with the easiest step and gradually build up your confidence and trust. Some patients are OK to come once a month rather than overload and try to do too much too quickly. :)
Thank you! Sadly have to go back tomorrow because one of the teeth that was due to be extracted has cracked in half today and is causing a lot a lot a lot of pain. Hoping they’ll be able to just take it out then and there because I can’t deal with the pain for much longer. Terrified but ready to give it a go!
 

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