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I am only 15 but I have a phobia of going to the dentist

I am only 15 years old but I have bad teeth as I have had a phobia of the dentist for years. But now my teeth are starting to go squint as some of my baby teeth are still behind my new ones and one of my molers is growing on my pallet and one of my back teeth is rotten. I have low iron and I think that’s why my teeth are so bad as I do t have the calcium to absorbe the iron and you need calcium for your teeth. My mom is booking us both a dental appointment but I am scared for her to find out that I have kept this for so long, I am scared that both she and my dad will be mad at me. So my question is: if I ask the dentist to not tell my mum about my rotten tooth (the others I’m not so worried about as that’s not my fault) will they do it? Or will they have to tell her as I am only 15? Please help, I don’t know what to do I was going to wait in till I moved out to get my teeth fixed but I guess my mom had other ideas. So what do I do? Will the dentist help me out and keep it for them if I ask? I’m not scared of the pain anymore, now I’m scared of what my mom and dad will say when they find out, if they find out, I have hidden my bad teeth for a few years and non of my friends or family have said anything. Until, now.

I am very sorry that you are having such a difficult time .
When you go to the dentist , go into the surgery on your own and have a discussion about the findings .
Its not your fault , and there may be many reasons you have these problems . Not least of which is that your fear of the dentist has played a part in this .
Your parents will not be mad at you , you haven’t done anything to allow this to happen , and you need help with getting it made better .
It sounds as if you may need some straightening treatment .
As you are 15 , your parents will need to give permission for any treatment till you are 16 , so they will have to know .
It is not sensible or rational to leave it any longer just to avoid them knowing what you are going through . That will only make matters worse .
I hope you find the courage to let them know how you are feeling
hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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