I've never been a huge fan of going to the Dentist, which I find ironic since many of my girlfriend's husbands are dentists. But growing up, I didn't really go that often. Maybe it was the fact that I had many other siblings who required braces, and since my teeth were straight, I was overlooked. Whatever the case may be, it wasn't until I was done with high school, that my visits with the dentist began.
I haven't always had the most gentle hands work on my mouth/teeth, so my reproach might stem from that. During my wisdom teeth removal, I wasn't completely numb, and when I told my dentist this, he dismissed the ludicrous idea, and kept on working, as tears of pain rolled down my cheeks. It wasn't until I was in California, when The Husband was in the military, that I found a dentist that I liked, and that was gentle enough, and who over-numbed me, just to make sure I wouldn't feel anything (and I didn't, with numbness lasting 18 hours, but I'm not complaining).
So after we got out of the military, and moved a few times...well, we needed to find another dentist. Although we've had coverage these past few years, none of us have gone to the dentist. (My friend's who are dentist wives can please ignore the last sentence.)
Today I took four of my kids to see the dentist (Mr. Kimble won't go until he is 2). It was an early morning visit, made earlier by the fact that we had to drop off our girl kitty at the Vet to get spayed beforehand....another blog post for another day...and so we settled in for a few hours at the dentist, with my children definitely looking like I woke them up hours earlier than they would have normally...which is true.
Kamy walked away with praises, and zero cavities, but the same can't be said for Keaton, Kolby, and Georgie (whom we called Kennedy the whole time because that is her real name, and what her medical records were listed as, and it felt so weird to call her that, but the Dentist goes by what is on the paper, and not what her crazy nickname is). All three of them have multiple cavities, located between their molars, because I don't floss their teeth.
Are there parents out there who really floss their kids' teeth (besides the Dentist families as previously mentioned). I mean, really? Am I the only non-flossing parent out there?
Well, looking at the $300 + medical bill that was outlined for me, to get all of the kids' teeth up to par, might just persuade me to change my constant "brush and wash!" to "brush, floss, and wash", with me managing the floss part of it.
We made multiple appointments for next week, to begin work on the fillings, but which will require more visits, and I have an appointment of my own. I'm already starting to hyperventilate. I seriously have panic attacks whenever I go to the dentist. Heaven help me.