Why I Love Going to the Dentist

I actually enjoy my trips to the dentist, and I say this not as someone who has never had a cavity but as someone whose DNA seems to invite dental problems. I've had enough root canals to open up a new shipping route. The reason for this is that there were a couple of years there when I was afraid of going to the dentist.

Thank goodness I'm over that. It took a painful oral surgery to drive home the message that regular dental check-ups are important. Now it makes me feel better to know that my oral health is in professional hands. In fact, it makes me feel better in general, and, indeed, good dental health is now scientifically shown to contribute to good overall health. For a person like me whose mouth chemistry condemns me to a life of cavities no matter how carefully I brush and floss, it's really important to get that 6-month preventive cleaning and check-up. If I didn't, I'd have a pretty funny looking smile.

Some people think that going to the dentist is painful. They have a severe anxiety about it. I used to be like that, but recently I have come to realize that every dentist I have ever visited has been gentle. There's a little pinch if they apply the Novocaine, but I barely feel it; I sure don't feel it as much as I've felt some of my more painful toothaches. Dentists do not enjoy causing pain. As health professionals, they greatly prefer to alleviate it, at least that's what my dentist tells me. She has no reason to lie about it as far as I can tell.

I actually find dental treatment sort of tickles, at least the cleaning and examination part. Once you develop a level of trust with your dentist that gets you past the instinctual aversion to having instruments put in your mouth, you'll find that the sensation really isn't all that bad. Nobody likes having their teeth drilled, but nothing feels so good as walking out after a six-month checkup with a clean set of choppers and a clean bill of dental health. Even if you get a cavity, it's best to catch it early.

So if you've been putting off your regular dental check-up out of anxiety, stop it! Going to the dentist can be fun if you do it every six months.

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