I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE going to the dentist! I would much rather go to the gyno then the dentist anyday. To me, having someone poke around my mouth is the ultimate violation. I normally only go if there is an emergency (ie, too much pain!). The last time I went I had to get 5 teeth pulled (my own fault, I know). While I didn't feel a thing, except for the shots, the sounds were just too much! I figure if I keep doing it that way, I will only have 2 or 3 more visits then I can get dentures and not have to worry about it again! (
zoeysmom, do you have a college or a trade college nearby that has a dental hygentist program? If so, you can probably get your teeth cleaned for next to nothing. We have a community college that has that course and you can make an appointment for teeth cleaning for around $10.00 I think. Sometimes they have clinics open to the public where it's free. It gives the students a chance to practice and hopefully they can't do a lot of damage cleaning them.