I hate going to the dentist. I hate getting polish all over my face. I hate getting poked by a needle over 12 times because they can't seem to find the place that will numb the area they want to prevent cavities from forming on. I hate the feeling of being numb for hours after leaving the dentist even though they didn't seem to numb the spot that was supposed to be worked on. I hate leaving with grit in my mouth from the polish. I hate the way you are left in the chair with your mouth open while the attendant tells you to spit into a suction straw and that long strand of slober streams from your mouth to the end of the sucker as she pulls it away.
As you can tell there just isn't much I like about the dentist but I should be able to mark one of those things off my list. NewScientist has reported on a Chilli-based anaesthetic that only targets pain receptors as opposed to numbing your whole jaw area. That way you feel normal even when a drill is penetrating the inside of your tooth and playing ring around the rosie with your nerve.
By the way, some people can go a year or two without having to visit the dentist depending on your teeth. You should ask your dentist if you are one of those people (I am and I didn't even have to ask my dentist!)
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-Yea or nay for dental visits?
-What's the worst part of going to the dentist for you?
-What's your worst dental experience?