Health anxiety

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I have over brushed my teeth and got some gum recession my dentist told me not to worry my teeth will not fall out but I keep crying over it. Why can't I believe him. I've had 2 other private dentists say the same but I constantly check them cry and seek more reassurance that they won't fall out. This us taking over my life. I look at people's teeth all the time and compare them with mine. I hate myself. I don't want to get out of bed and cant shake this feeling off. 20 years ago I had 3 molars removed and now I panic that the teeth surrounding them will crumble in. I am 25 weeks pregnant and worry my baby deserves better than me. Does anyone else feel the same?

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    The problem is your treating health anxiety as an illness in itself - it's not. It's just a manifestation of general anxiety. You need to get help with anxiety in general, once your anxiety is controlled. If you don't, then it won't . It's really that simple. The same goes for seeking reassurance. You can get as much as you like,but it will make no difference. Deal with the anxiety and the need for reassurance will go too

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      How do I deal with the anxiety. I have spoken to my gp she has referred me for counselling but in the mean time I'm left with the obsession manifesting itself and eating away at me

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    Believe me if your teeth were going to drop out they would have dropped out by now.

    Try not to overbrush and possibly you gum ressession will recover.

    I was badly treated as a child and now I have to be sedated to have dental treatment and never know what they are going to do with me when asleep and slow but sure I am loosing my teeth. Yes now I am in my sixties and we loose our smile.

    You will make a really good mam with teeth that will glint and glow, you have a long way to go yet before you reach a toothless grin.

     

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    I think your pregnancy is first and foremost. Focus on that and the joys hat go with it. After the baby is born a cosmetic surgeon can remove gum from your pallete (yes it does hurt) and restore any receeding gums that bother you. You would be  amazed whats out there to fix and restore any outward appearance thing. Its a huge money maker. So dont worry about any if that now. Its fixable, hell they can give you all new teeth if you wanted celebrities do it all the time. Very costly but its all fixable. Whilst pregnant eat very nutritously so you and the baby get everything you both need.
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      I try to tell myself that worse case scenario i could have a gum graft and implants etc it may cost a fortune but it's always an option. I try and use that to spur myself on for the day at least. Baby needs to be my first priority and j need to stop being selfish

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