How Do You Feel About The Dentist?



I hate the dentist.

Yes, I realize that hate is a strong word and I should probably say that I hate the idea of the dentist. I don’t actually hate the person that is my dentist.

You see, one time, I was 7 years old. I distincly remember going to a dentist with my mom. I had to get a tooth pulled. There was a HUGE storm outside and the dentist was in the basement of some building. My mom came back into the office with me. I was in the middle of the procedure and…THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! Yep. They made my mom leave because I was hysterical and they felt like she was making it worse. That was the day I started hating the dentist. As I have gotten older and especially since I have had kids, I have been able to hide my fear but I still don’t like going.

I will do anything I can to avoid a dreaded filling. Thank gosh it has been years.

I was just at the dentist for a cleaning the other day. I had this AWESOME hygenist Christine this time (a huge refresher from the lady before her with NO personality). We talked for the first time in my life about the whys of flossing and the proper way to do it. I left armed with some really helpful suggestions.

Off I went, this time to Target to make my purchases. I left with some Reach floss, Listerine Smart Rinse, Antiseptic, and Whitening Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste.


I am embarking on a 21 Day Challenge, a Listerine 21 Day Challenge to be exact. Right now, I wake up in the morning, and brush my teeth. Dare I say, I rarely floss and when I do, my gums bleed. AHHH!!! I know, it’s bad! I am changing up my routine for the next 21 days. Adding one extra minute into each day to brush, swish around Listerine Antiseptic and then floss – twice a day! I am actually really excited about adding in an extra step at the end of a day full of eating.

This is a great example to set for my kids, taking care of our teeth twice a day.

Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing photos of myself swishing (cause I know you want to see:) and you should too! For every person that posts a “Swish Selfie” to Listerine Brands Facebook Page, they will contribute $5 to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America Program (SAA) (up to $85,000).  SAA affords care for children who don’t have regular dental visits due to lack of coverage, transportation, or other barriers.

Stay tuned for my updates on this challenge!

* Disclosure: I received a Target gift card with which to purchase Listerine Brand Products from Johnson and Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Listerine 21 Day Challenge. All stories and thoughts and opinions given above are my own! 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I hate hate hate the dentist. Thanks for reminding me to floss more!
    Kristen @ Adult Ballerina Project recently posted…Rough Week Behind…Rough Week AheadMy Profile

  2. I need to get better about flossing as well! Have you ever heard of oil pulling? That’s what I am trying…although I need to get MUCH more consistent. Good luck with your challenge! Stopping by from SITS Girls ~Krissa (
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  3. I am so with you on not liking the dentist! That gritty stuff they put on my teeth always makes my stomach hurt! Listerine on the other hand – couldn’t live without it! #sitsblogging
    Lauren recently posted…Barre Breakdown – 4th Position Plie + Quinoa Protein OatsMy Profile

  4. Ugh I hate the dentist too. My BIL is in dental school now though so my secret plan is to wait until he graduates before going again! Lol.
    Crunchy Con Mom recently posted…Throwback Thursday: Why I’m Mad About my Sex EducationMy Profile

  5. Those sound like great products. I am not a big flosser either. Talking with the hygienist made me realize I needed to do it more than I do. I am taking my preschooler and toddler to the dentist for the first time next week. Wish me luck!
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  6. I actually love my dentists (one is my bro-in-law & the other is a close family friend), but like you I hate the idea of having to go to the dentist. It’s not that I’ve had a bad experience, I’m just really afraid that whatever I have done is going to hurt.

    Visiting from #SITSBlogging.
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  7. I am not a fan of the dentist either…I really dread going, but since I developed a habit of flossing daily and brushing with a mechanical toothbrush my visits are quick and painless just the way I like them. Good Luck on your challenge…Stopping by from SITSBlogging
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  8. Having a tooth pulled when you were only 7 years old? What tooth could that have been? You must have dental insurance now, so a cleaning is no problem at all. Many Americans can’t even have that done, let alone a filling or extraction. #sitsblogging
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  9. Great post! Good luck on the challenge. I don’t mind the dentist too much. I had 12 cavities my first visit as a child. I’ve had root canals, and teeth extracted…what else is left? :) #sitsblogging
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  10. Ugh, I do not like the dentist. Why? Because I have poor dental hygiene, and I don’t need to be reminded of this. Still, I love the feeling of clean teeth after leaving. :p Good luck with this challenge! I have used Listerine in the past and found that it really does make my mouth feel better. I’m just not sure if it did anything for the fact that I didn’t floss. lol #sitsblogging
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  11. Once upon a time, I was not crazy about dentist visits either. Until I began working for a pediatric dentist and realized the importance of good hygiene. I have never looked at teeth the same again. I also went on to work for an orthodontist. I got a GREAT DEAL on braces to correct my smile and learned how to take better care of my teeth and my son’s teeth. Bad dental hygiene can lead to disease and fatality in some cases. My son brushes in the morning and at night. Acid is just as bad as sugar on your teeth–especially young teeth. Thanks for sharing this. #SITSBlogging
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