I remember when I was a kid my Mom would give me her keys to hold on to when I had to go into the dentist exam by myself. It was comforting to me to hear the jingle and to feel the rubbery stretchy loop keychain. I also knew that it meant she couldn't leave me anywhere! I have always had bad teeth, something about a fever and no enamel on them & stuff. There hasn't been a single time that I have gone to the dentist that they haven't told me I have a cavity. I had my first root canal when I was 18. I had my wisdom teeth taken out when I was in the Navy, so that meant I got 1/2 day off work and a prescription for Motrin. I swear that my mouth felt so stretched out and swollen for days after that! Even through all of that I have liked, if not loved, going to the dentist. Something about having a clean mouth and a nice smile, I guess. My root canal tooth just happens to be my very front tooth, and they never capped it when I had it done so now it is all dark & dry & brittle. I really need to have it crowned, but that takes $$$$. Anyways, One of my fillings has been coming loose for quite sometime and it was becoming sensitive to air, so I made my appointment. It was just for an exam because the receptionist told me they would have to do that first before they could fix it. so I guess the dentist was super busy with walk ins today because she kept running in & out of my exam room. She yanked out the loose filling without so much as a warning - THEN she gave me 3 shots of Novocaine (one of which I swear she shot straight into my nose! OUCH!) So she proceeded to go to town on filling my tooth (in between other patients) & grinding skin off my lip and gums, then complained that my gums were bleeding a lot! So, now my face is finally not numb, but my tooth hurts worse than when I walked in there today!
All this started me thinking - You really have to trust your dentist because they could really be screwing things up in there & you'd never know. You would just have to keep going back & back & back & assuming you were eating too much candy! I don't really trust my dentist! I still consider myself new here, so maybe I chose the wrong dentist... I guess I'll see how it feels in the morning & take it from there.
This also made me want to think about other things that I used to like, but has I get older it's just not fun anymore...
- Dusting (I remember loving to dust when I was a kid - what happened??)
- Gardening - I used to love to garden with my Mom & Grandpa, but as an adult it's not so much fun by myself.
What things did you used to like that you don't anymore??