This post is sponsored by Merion Village Dental, but the experience and opinions are my own.
I know I’m not the first person or only person to struggle with dental anxiety. Going to the dentist is probably one of the more common anxieties out there. But my fear is big and intense, sometimes crippling. I have been scared since I was little, when I had to go to the dentist just to get my teeth pulled because they didn’t fall out easily on their own. I didn’t have a dentist with a good bedside manner and he wasn’t great with kids. I had to be numbed to have my teeth pulled and the needle in my gum was traumatizing. Everything about it was horrible. And I have carried that with me ever since. I dread the dentist. I avoid the dentist. And by the time I finally go, little problems have developed into bigger problems and the visit is much more invasive than would have been necessary. What would have been a simple filling turns into needing a crown. I even had a root canal once, when I was pregnant with Quincy. Talk about traumatizing!
I never had a cavity until I was an adult. Unfortunately I am a jaw clenched and grinder, and years of it meant I had unknowingly whittled down the enamel of my teeth, leaving them less protected and more prone to cavities. Add to that three pregnancies that really did a number on my dental health (which is really common in pregnant women) and now that I’m 40 my teeth are suffering from neglect and abuse, largely caused by my own anxiety during the decade that I was pregnant and busy with young children.
I was three years overdue for a visit to the dentist and I could tell I had at least one tooth that needed attention. But it took my son head butting me in the mouth and accidentally chipping my front tooth to get me to make an appointment. Because I can deal with pain, but a chipped front tooth is my line. Even still, the anxiety building for days before my visit was rough. Here is how I helped alleviate it a bit:Read More