Shame is a common thing people may feel at a dental appointment.
I’ve felt shame at a dental appointment.
I tend to have gum issues and see a gum specialist.
I brush and floss every single day.
I NEVER miss.
And yet I still have inflammation and breakdown.
It’s very frustrating!
Last week, my son went to see a colleague, Dr. Melissa Connell, the pedodontist (Kids Dentist) at Magnolia.
All that was running through my head was:
“How embarrassing. I’m a dentist and my own kid has 8 cavities. What is Melissa going to think of me as a parent? I’m so ashamed.” But after I expressed my embarrassment to Dr. Connell, she talked me off the ledge, and I was okay with the disappointing findings.
Now my focus, is on how we can take care of this and how can we minimize Finn from getting anymore cavities to develop in the future.
The truth of the matter is, when I see a person with a bunch of cavities or broken down teeth, I never judge them. I’m a flawed person myself and struggle with my own dental and health issues.
We can’t change the past but we have complete control of our future.
If you feel scared of going to the dentist because you feel that you will be judged, call 773-292-1911 for a non judgmental exam and consultation. I’ve been in YOUR shoes and know how it feels.
Floss like a madman!Emilio “Totally Embarrassed” Couret