Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.
I can remember being a kid and going for my 6 month check up and I used to hate it. I didnít like someone putting their hands in my mouth, and I didnít like the sensation that they were judging me on my dental hygiene. But I guess that is their job, and as I got older I understood this and that they werenít judging me but trying to help me help myself to get the best possible care for my teeth.
The blinding light, the suction, the water spray, the rubber taste in my mouth.
The x-rays, the moulds, the pictures on the screen.
They all seem to have something about them that can scare a kid and make them not want to cooperate. No wonder many dentists end up with bitten fingers.
Now I'm older it doesnít get any better.
Now I'm susceptible to even more x-rays, fillings, extractions, injections and more and more dental work. I'm at least luckily at the moment that I donít need any of this right now, but I sure that given time this will come. As Iím sure it has come to many adults before me.
I'm not sure if anyone has the feeling that dentists actually make up stuff just to inflict more pain on us.
But once in a while you find a great dentist. One who puts you at ease and talks you through every detail to ensure no surprises in the future. Someone who will actually look after you and explain every detail as it is happening. These are very hard to find. It is hard to find a dentist who actually wants to help us rather then looking at how much money they are going to get.
It posses the question, who would want to be a dentist?
Looking into peoples mouths all day, having to deal with bad breath, rotting teeth and a number of other bad dental problems. Is it any wonder that sympathetic dentist are few and far between?
There must be something more to the job then just money and bad mouths. There must be something that calls to these people who want to help in their specialised field. I mean does anyone grow up thinking that ďI want to be a dentist when I grow upĒ.
Either way, we are terrified when it comes to going to the dentist. We put it off for long periods of time to the point where we cant ignore the pain anymore. But by this time there is normally more damage then there was before we put off the pain.
But we never seem to think about what the dentists think. We donít like them, but if we think about it, do they really like us? Do they really like their job? Do they actually like looking into our mouths all day?
But at the end of the day we need to remember that without dentists and other health professionals who are their to ensure our dental health we would all be walking around with rotten teeth or worse, no teeth at all.
Believe it or not, we need these mean dentists to ensure that we keep smiling on a day to day basis.