Going to the dentist is important. You can’t be happy if your teeth are in bad shape.
I have been going to the same dentist for over 20 years. In fact, aside from my family, he’s the person that I have known longest in Edmonton who I see on any regular basis. Every time I go, it’s the same Garfield poster on the ceiling (“9 out to 10 dentists who recommend candy to their patients prefer chocolate!”), dentally inspirational wall plaques (“Only floss the teeth you want to keep!”). It’s homey and familiar. I don’t know what I’ll do when he retires!
In any case, the visit only took half an hour. It’s only when a dental hygienist scrapes at the plaque on your teeth that you really know how well you’ve been taking care of them. She noticed, so I seem to be doing something right! I try to floss every day (but sometimes forget for weeks at a time), and have been using an electric toothbrush.
I used to think that electric toothbrushes were gimmicky and wasteful. But it seems like it’s been keeping my teeth cleaner, mostly because it’s got a timer and forces me to brush for a full two minutes. I recommend one, plus the daily flossing. Do it!