I had a bad experience at a dentist’s office when I was a child, and that started years of fear that didn’t end until recently. Up until a year ago, I only went to the dentist when I absolutely had to go. When I moved to Morristown a few years ago, I didn’t even think about going to see a dentist since it was not something I normally did. Last year though, I developed a toothache that was pretty bad. I did an online search for a local top rated dentist, and I really liked the website of one in particular.
I was able to see a picture of the dentist and read a bit about him as well as his assistant and dental hygienists too. It might be silly to base a dental appointment off of that, but seeing their smiles actually did a lot to calm me down. I looked at a section of the website that detailed what a first visit is like, and I knew that I wanted to go there from that. I liked that I wouldn’t be just a number, even though that is how I viewed myself there for years too.
I wanted to have this relationship that was healthy and necessary though, because I had done a lot of damage to my teeth through years of neglect. When I went for my first visit, the dentist was able to take care of the immediate problem, but he did more than that. Rather than send me on my way with a warning about future visits, he took the time to talk to me about my fears. He explained how dentistry has evolved over the years, and pain is minimal if at all for most procedures now. I scheduled an appointment that day to go back so I could have a beautiful smile again.