Off to face my fear of the denstist..

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-04-09 20:22:49 -0500
Started 2015-04-07 06:54:09 -0500 my quest for overall health…I am going to the dentist to get some long overdue dental work needed…I always had a built in excuse…I didn't have dental insurance and this work is mostly cosmetic…not necessary…BUT health is also an emotional thing…and to be at my best in the "emotional health zone"…I need to stop hating my smile so much…I have cracked teeth in the front from my first abusive marriage…and other issues that need to be corrected and it is time…I use to like my cracked teeth…I would look in the mirror and it would remind me of how far I have come…But that to me was a different person…an entire lifetime ago…Time for the new me to look like the new me…I hate the dentist…BUT 90% of the items on my bucket list have a common theme that ties them together…Die fearless…as a Christian I have no fear of death itself…but I still have fear of earthly things…I have already overcome my fear of flying…my fear of driving (although I am not very good at it)..and my fear of Math…today and for the next few weeks..I tacle my fear of the dentist…

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-04-09 20:22:49 -0500 Report

HI! I don't love to go to the dentist either and also don't have dental insurance. But I the checkup thing twice a year. It's a great way to help prevent really big expenses further down the line. And fortunately I have found a super kind and gentle dentist. I actually look forward to seeing him (not too often!). But I know what you mean about the costs.

debcox 2015-04-08 20:19:23 -0500 Report

I got a phone call from my mom about a month ago saying that she had two teeth fall out due to diabetes. I made an appointment that day to see my dentist. I had an exam, cleaning and will be having two crowns replaced. I hadn't seen my dentist since I was diagnosed. The first crown will be done on this Friday and the next started.

My mom was upset because she has been taking care of herself since I was diagnosed last year. I'm glad that she is now taking care of herself but she has had diabetes for 20 years and did not take care of herself. There are consequences for our actions (or non-action). She will be getting implants if her gums are good.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-09 06:18:18 -0500 Report

I am very pleased your mom is taking better care of herself…My mom is also type 2 and because she still lives in NYC EVERY conversation contains questions about what she is eating and questions about her getting out everyday and not just sitting around the house…My mom takes great care of herself and is actually med free…but that doesn't stop me from worrying about her…we worry about the ones we love much more than we worry about ourselves…Very happy she went to the dentist…my mom never took care of her teeth when she was younger…always made sure we went to the dentist every 6 mos…but for her there were more important things..till this day when we are all in a good mood when the family gets together…we call her snaggle tooth…(sounds rude and disrespectful but my mom is the one that made up that name for herself and she has a great sense of humor)..

GabbyPA 2015-04-08 08:04:12 -0500 Report

Braces made me overcome that fear. I had them as a kid and that taught me to take better care of my teeth which includes cleanings and such.

RebDee 2015-04-08 13:24:33 -0500 Report

Yup, me too. Braces when I was from 7th through 10th grade. UGLY!!! Those silver things around each tooth then wires that hooked each silver thing one to another and THEN rubber bands connecting upper to lower teeth. Horrible!!!!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-08 09:21:09 -0500 Report

Braces are the ONE thing I regret not doing for my teeth when I was younger..My mom could never afford them, but I could of when I was doing real estate in NYC…I just always had an excuse…I should say my fear of the dentist has actually served me…I always went for my check ups…but I brushed and flossed and took really good care of my teeth so I knew going in it was just for a cleaning..and TRUST me when I say I took such good care of my teeth to make damned sure I would never need any work…It is dental WORK that scares the bajeebas out of me…but as I said before the goal is to die fearless…

RebDee 2015-04-08 13:26:39 -0500 Report

I don't think I have a tooth in my mouth that doesn't have a filling. Even with all of my brushing and flossing, my teeth were just like the rest of my family's teeth, soft and easily decayed.

Koalamissy 2015-04-07 14:42:50 -0500 Report

I have the same fear and also decided to get my health in order. I went to the dentist a couple weeks ago. Waiting to hear from them, I have some questions. Good for you!

RebDee 2015-04-07 13:30:29 -0500 Report

I have dental insurance and use it twice a year to get my teeth cleaned. However, I cannot afford to have the cosmetic teeth surgery done although I would love to have the four on both top and bottom done, not removed but just capped so that I would have a great smile. I still smile but it could look better.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-08 00:57:02 -0500 Report

Well I have been very lucky to be connected to a sliding scale dental clinic that only cost a fraction of what a private dentist would cost…add to this they really SPACED out my appointment (they gave me my entire treatment plan today)…so I can have a month in between appointment to get the money together…and I am only being charged 60 bucks a visit for the work…over 6 visits…NICE!!!..

Type1Lou 2015-04-07 08:37:57 -0500 Report

Dental health is even more important in people with diabetes as it can affect BG control. It's very difficult to face our fears and often not something that we can "reason" with. Congrats on digging deep to face your fear…and hope that fear lessens as you get whatever treatment you need.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-07 11:38:30 -0500 Report

Well my gums and teeth are healthy..I knew that going in…I brush and floss and take very good care of my teeth…I was given a clean bill of health for my teeth and gums…everything that needs to be done is cosmetic…I had a bit of pain in one tooth..but I was told that my filling is a bit loose (I only have one in my mouth I got when I was 14) and needs to be replaced…by summer time I will have my teeth all white and the chips capped off…they are doing everything nice and slow because I have to pay as I go…no billing…and that is fine by me because it is a sliding scale government subsidized dental clinic…and I will be paying a fraction of what I would of had to pay had I gone to a private dentist…

RebDee 2015-04-07 13:33:13 -0500 Report

Wish I could find a government subsidized dental clinic that had a sliding scale so that I could do my teeth.
I cna't afford not to do it piecemeal a little at a time. When I heard what the eight teeth would cost me for filing down the teeth, placing a post then capping the teeth, it took my breath away.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-08 01:00:18 -0500 Report

yeah..I have a dentist three blocks from me that wanted about 8K to do my mouth…the clinic is doing the same work for 360 bucks…they're resources available in most areas…Just have to have the patience to look for them…and the ability to wait for that first appointment…I had to wait 7 weeks for my first appointment,,

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