I don’t like my dentist but have a toothache

I haven’t been to the dentist in two years. Mostly because the guy is a total jerk.  Every time I try to make conversation he finds fault in something I say and tells me what is wrong with me.  I haven’t had time to find a new dentist, but I have a massive toothache.   What do I do if I don’t want to go to my dentist?

Mandy P. – Colorado


There are few things worse than someone who is always finding fault with our ideas. It gets even worse when we think we might have to tuck tail and go ask that person for help.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go to this dentist. In fact, I recommend you don’t.  There are great dentists out there. Dentists who care about their patients.  You can find one of those dentists.

In the meantime, you have to do something about this toothache.  My suggestion is that you look up emergency dentists in your area.  Many of these dentists will see you the same day you call them.

You may even like that dentist so much that they become your new dentist.  Whatever you do, don’t put this off.   Believe it or not. Patients still die from tooth infections.

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Do I have to see a pediatric dentist for a thumb sucking device?

I am considering switching from a pediatric dentist to a dentist that can see our whole family.  It’s just so inconvenient going to two different clinics and time is a precious commodity in our household.  My only hesitation is that my five year old sucks her thumb.  Her pediatric detist feels she needs to have a thumb sucking device made.  Can a general dentist do that or should I stick with the pediatric one?

Amanda A. – Kansas City


A lot of patients find dthat having their family go to the same dentist is not only convenient, but helps with treatment in the long run. This helps the dentist to see patterns in your family’s dental health that will benefit your children.

You’ll want to make sure it is a general dentist who enjoys treating children.  You can generally tell by when they like to first see them.  If they suggest waiting until they are 8 or 9, you can extrapolate that children aren’t their favorite.  If they’re happy to see them by three years old, you’ve found someone who’ll enjoy treating your darlings.

Any dentist can help fit your five year old with a thumb sucking device, so you’re good to go there.

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