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Apart from the occasional Private treatment, we as a family have always used NHS Dentists.
Diligently, we attend all 6 monthly checkups, have the Hygienist do their thing, and as a result we have good teeth.
From being born, we have resisted the children's sweet tooth cravings, just the occasional treat, followed by teeth cleaning.
And it's worked.
We have been very fortunate with our choice of Dentist 20 years ago, and as we have moved around, we have stuck by him, and his excellent Practise.
Then......... He goes & retires !!!
Fortunately, a more local recently opened Dentist Practise increased their NHS List, we applied, and were accepted.
And he is brilliant too, and we can travel to the practise in a few minutes, no traffic problems and having to arrange times to suit traffic rush hours.

Some people though have it less easy...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2727444/Dentists-ditch-patients-missing-ONE-appointment-Inve...
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As NHS dentists are very hard to find and be accepted and as someone that earn way above the national average wage don't you feel guilty not going private so to allow someone on the minimum wage to be able to afford a dentist?
I have a private dental appointment this afternoon and it's a practise that I been going to for 25 years and about 15 years ago like the majority of dentists in the town they dropped out of the NHS.
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It doesn't work like that !
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I went to the Dentist last week.
He went from NHS to private about 15 or so years ago.
He is the same dentist who has always done my teeth since I was born (and I'm 37, so he must have been in the industry for a bit then), so is a bit weird when you say "Hello" now, and you know he's known me a while. Grin
Mind you his visit and the Hygienist afterwards cost £90 which I didn't think was too extortionate.
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Apart from myself, which I have a phobia of dentists Sad , SWMBO & co have no issues going to the dentists (They are so lucky not to have a phobia)
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As a child I was terrified of going to the dentist - in fact, he reminded me of Dr No Cheesy
I haven't been to a dentist since around 1984. Probably, should it be necessary in the future, I'll just try the string tied to the door handle trick Roll eyes

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A few years ago an NHS dental practice we had used for over10 years decided to go private.
In the weeks leading up to the change they handed out leaflets explaining the reasons and including details of easy payment plans we could subscribe to.
We changed dentist, finding another NHS one a bus ride away but competent and friendly.
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Apart from myself, which I have a phobia of dentists Sad , SWMBO & co have no issues going to the dentists (They are so lucky not to have a phobia)

I used to be like you - I was terrified of them.
A few years back I started getting dreams of my teeth crumbling and falling out and the sensations in my dream felt very realistic. Over the years they started to become more and more regular - to the point of one or two a week. Then one day at work while chewing a sandwich, one of my teeth crumbled - badly! I panicked and despite the use of a temporary dental repair kit thing (useless btw) I knew I had to go to the dentist.
I ended up in the chair terrified. I hadn't been to a dentist since I was six or seven and frankly those were bad times too! Anyway the dentist did his drilling, grinding, scraping, filling and before i knew it, I'd had a root canal done  Shocked Didn't hurt a bit although I could feel the sensations but they were not painful. Not even the injection of local anaesthetic - it was painless.
At this point my crumbling teeth dreams started to diminish but I was still getting them. Another tooth at the back of my mouth that was being impacted by a wisdom tooth decided to go the same way. It couldn't be saved and the dentist said it needed to come out - now that was a scary thought. He did say he may have to send me to a specialist if it wouldn't budge but in went the local and he started prizing it up. Sure it felt a bit tight and un-natural but it soon came up loose and then completely out. I also had another filling or two and some cleaning of my teeth.
To be fair, it wasn't anywhere as bad as my childhood memories had me believe it would be. Having a good friendly dentist also helps. Mine is very friendly, talks me through everything and puts me at ease. A great chap and a credit to the dental industry.
Ever since he's done his work on my teeth my tooth crumbling dreams have stopped. To think.. an old friend of mine (who did dream translating stuff) reckoned I was worried about money... odd that a trip to the dentist put a stop to those logical dreams..
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A few years back I started getting dreams of my teeth crumbling and falling out and the sensations in my dream felt very realistic.
How strange. I, too, have crumbling teeth dreams. My mouth gets filled with crumbled teeth but no matter hard I try I never seem to get rid of all the bits Cry
Back in the very early eighties I had a tooth that was causing issues. A local dentist made a mess of things and I ended up in Guys dental department.The tooth had to come out but it was a stubborn bugger and it broke into small pieces during the process - I actually thought they were going to dislocate my jaw. Maybe that's where my dream originates Undecided

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Iv'e had the tooth falling out dream aswell , however they were not crumbling, & not as often as yourself over the years
In my dream, most of my teeth fall out in my sleep, & I end up chocking on them
I haven't had the dream in a while (touches top of my head & says to oneself (touch wood))
I found that I only seem to get the dream when under major stress or completely run - down IE: Not long after my father passed away (god rest him)
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Mav you say you've not been since '84. If you're getting similar dreams to me, may I suggest you go? - My dreams tend to be somewhat logical and I've had several over the years that have related to other health issues that have told me things I needed to know.
I'm not one for believing that dreams have any ability to tell the future or any of that ****. From my experiences I believe they serve a logical purpose of alerting you to issues you need to deal with. If you're having the crumbling tooth dreams I'd say you should take notice and go and see a dentist. I did and those dreams stopped.
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Anyway the dentist did his drilling, grinding, scraping, filling and before i knew it, I'd had a root canal done  Shocked Didn't hurt a bit although I could feel the sensations but they were not painful. Not even the injection of local anaesthetic - it was painless.

We have both been fortunate in having good Dentists.
I had Root Canal work done, the Dentist warned me of possible pain etc whilst undergoing the procedure.
Like you, I didn't feel a thing, though the long thin (flexible ?) drill was a bit scary

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The last dentist I went to was a school dentist that forced the gas mask over my face after I said I wanted the needle as the smell of the gas mask made me feel sick, then I woke up in ST Woolos hospital after having dissoluble stitches since the dentist ripped my gums open
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I would like to visit the dentist but it just won't happen (yet) for reasons I won't go into here Sad

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Like you, I didn't feel a thing, though the long thin (flexible ?) drill was a bit scary

I discovered a trick to that... keep looking at the ceiling and never at the dental tools. That way they don't look scary as you never see them  Cheesy
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