My new dentist

I decided that I needed to get myself a new dentist. I disliked my previous dentist to the point that I’d let my going to see him slide. That’s not good enough any more. I want my health to get better, not stay the same or get worse.

So on Tuesday I called up a dentist that I have heard good things about. His office is also within walking distance of my home, which is nice. I explained that I was a new patient and needed a booking for the new patient examination, which their paperwork describes as

a one-hour appointment consisting of a complete hard and soft tissue examination, oral cancer screening, updated x-rays, diagnosis and treatment planning.

They asked if I wanted to have the first hygiene visit at the same time as well, which is

a one-hour appointment that consists of a complete evaluation of your gums and the bone around your teeth. Oral hygiene and nutritional instruction is given and removal of tartar buildup and stain is started.

I agreed to have both at once. They told me I could come in the next day. The next day! I’m notoriously nervous about going to the dentist so having it so soon was a very good thing. I arranged a slightly early departure from work so I could arrive with time to spare.

I talked to Lori about it earlier in the day and she talked me down. Hours before, I was already wound-up about it. Just as she suggested it would be, my visit was perfectly fine. Thank goodness I talked to her. I was nervous enough is it was. I would have otherwise been a mess.

The doctor took care to do something I really appreciate. He didn’t talk at me. Rather, he talked with me, and explained everything I wanted to know. They did x-rays and he showed me the results and explained. The hygienist did her work and also answered my questions.

There is work that must be done, and other work I want done, so it’s really important that I like this new doctor and his team. I’m pleased to report that I really do. I’m borderline excited about finally having this taken care of.

He said what is probably the best thing I’ve ever heard from any dentist: “It’s not nearly as bad as you thought.”

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