Dentist Drama gives me Catholic guilt: how long has it been since your last visit my child?

By Aisling | September 2 2011 | 61 Comments

Yesterday morning while I was eating muesli half of one of my back teeth came off.

I must tell you that I was not entirely surprised that something had happened – but I was not expecting it to be this bad.   I had known there was something up for a couple of weeks, my tooth hurt and I couldn’t chew on that side of my mouth – but I thought a filling had worked its way loose.

However yesterday there was no more opportunity for denial.  I looked down at the little lump of tooth in my hand and with a sinking feeling I Knew.

That I would have to go to the dentist.

Readers I confess that I have not visited the dentist for two years.  And it is a confession.  If you’re a Catholic then you’ll know all about the Confession Box and confessing your sins prior to First Holy Communion and the like.

And as obviously you didn’t actually have any sins at age seven, you had to make some up.  Which in itself was a sin.  Eternal damnation!

As we were extremely lapsed Catholics in our house pretty much the next time I went to Confession was for my Confirmation.  As I sat in the little wooden box up the side of the freezing church making my mumbled Act of Contrition I was struck by the horror of having to tell the priest when was the last time I had confessed.

That’s how I feel now.  How can I tell the dentist that I have not darkened a tooth doctor door for over two years.  Even though I knew – I KNEW! – that one of my back molars was about to crack, because they’d “put a watch” on it the last time I was there.

Oh shame on me.

Tell me I’m not alone.  Do you go regularly for your six month checkups – or are you a bit of a lapsed dental patient?

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61 Replies to "Dentist Drama gives me Catholic guilt: how long has it been since your last visit my child?"

  • Grá says:

    Jez it’ll be a year in November! I like going twice a year, had braces you see so like keeping my teeth checked but I’m afraid when I go back this time that they’ll say that I need a filling or something! I’ll cry the day I get a filling :(

  • Nims says:

    I HATE the dentist… I am so scared of them cause of the health board ones we used to have to go to in second class… Found a really good dentist last year in dun laoghaire, he is brilliant… I would be on the verge of tears every time i went and he jsut told me to pop my ipod on and not think about it… He did all my work that was well overdue and told me he’d send me out an appointment card in a year! Even though he was BRILLIANT, i still dont want to see that kind of post!!

  • Robyn says:

    Last dentist I visited told me as I walked in “Don’t worry, nobody’s died in the chair yet”, and proceeded to tell me that he agreed with everything my own dentist had done (root canal, crown and associtated work). I really should go back to my own dentist for a check up at some point (one in Dun Laoghaire, near the post office). It has been *mumbles a date* too long.

  • Niamh says:

    I used to be absolutely dire (4 years?) then I had a bit of an accident and had to go for some fairly intensive work (including 4 years of neglect) Having done that I’ve sworn never ever to leave it that long again – it’s just not worth the hassle of that much work. Finding a dentist I really like & trust has made it much better.

  • Sherry says:

    About 18 months. I think the last time was just cause I was off to a ball and wanted a general cleaning and polish.

    I used to go every 6 months but just havent got the time now.

  • Hadn’t been for years until I lost half a tooth while chewing a calcium tablet back in June. Found a great dentist who took the remainder of the tooth out, turns out it was a baby tooth I never lost cos it was so far imbedded in my gum. He also took out my two extra teeth with no problems at all, this was a revelation as I was told (by every dentist I’d ever seen,) that they couldn’t be removed and could only be sorted out with braces. I’d been in the early stages of saving for the braces and all.Strange to say but I’m delighted I broke my tooth and I’m definitely gonna go for regular check ups from now on.

  • Breige says:

    It’s been just over 5 years…. Yes, that’s so bad, I was in 6th year then! And despite having really bad wisdom teeth pains, I haven’t gone. Though I was only thinking the other day I should go really. My boyfriend was horrified when he found out it was that long ago, but he has crap teeth and is always in and out of the dentist. On the other hand, I’m always in and out of the doctor and he rarely has to go

  • Kirstie says:

    bless me Testy Broader, for I have sinned, I haven’t been for jaysis ages.

  • Amy says:

    I went at the beginning of the Summer and it had been 7 years! I’m petrified of them but I wrote that on my form and he was really nice. I’ve to go back next month tho so let the cold sweats begin :(

  • SLH says:

    I’m one of those odd people that love going to the dentist. it’s that clean feeling when you’re done. I never have to get any work done on them, so that could be a reason. I usually go every year or so.

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