365:131 Dentist


I hadn’t been to the dentist for an embarrassing number of years. There are a few factors as to why, none of which are a phobia against them. But this new year, I said to Mr Mac, after losing a significant filling while eating Cadbury eclairs, “I need to start looking after my teeth properly. Hang the expense, book me in for a consultation when you go to get your tooth sorted out.”

So, after *coughs* eighteen *coughs* years (yes, you read that right), I went to see the dentist. Let me explain one of the reasons briefly, why I haven’t seen a dentist in so very long. The last time I went was for a course of treatment for a root canal. The dentist did the root canal for me and explained he had put a temporary filling in there for me but because there wasn’t much tooth left, it wouldn’t hold long and I would likely need a crown. A crown! As a stay-at-home mother of a very young family, with only Mr Mac bringing in the money, you can imagine that the cost of a crown would have been very intimidating against our meagre budget. So, I just never got one.

The temporary filling fell out evetutally and frankly, the tooth just never bothered me. Certainly I wasn’t (and still am not) vain enough to want to spend the extortionate amounts of money to get the gap in my smile fixed. And that’s why, in some of my photos, you see a gap.

Because my teeth have never given me any bother since then I never wanted to see a dentist for fear of the poking around in the gappy tooth, agitating it and doing something which will make it need work. I’m not very trusting sometimes, am I? So that’s why I didn’t go to the dentist for so very long.

But now, I need a bloody good cleaning (of course I do!) (and that’s another thing, after the root canal was done, I got a cleaning and it was horrible. I said the the dentist, “That’s the worst thing you’ve done to me so far!” and he said, “But I just finished a root canal on you!” And I said, “I know!!!”) so I went to the dentist.

My mad, ditzy dentist did an x-ray on me and told me that she needs to remove the bits of tooth leftover from the root canal, refill the missing filling and give me a clean. Should be done and back to regular appointments within two appointments. I asked her, “Is that it? Nothing else?!?” I was expecting a raft of charges against my criminal dental neglect. Nope. My teeth are fine.

Happy with that.