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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
3 of us here have a dentist appt today..... so my question...

*insert scary music here*

Do you go to the dentist regularly????

Part 2:

How do you feel about going to the dentist? (no probs, scared, it's part of life, etc.)
post #2 of 26
I do not go to the dentist regularly because I do not have benefits. I wouldn't mind going for a routine check-up/cleaning, but I know I need a lot more than that done and wouldn't be able to afford the trip!

Once I get benefits, I am in for a fun experience, I know.
post #3 of 26
I usually go to the dentist about every 18 months or so. No I am not afraid of them at least not until I get the bill...
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
I had a bad experience with a dentist once

No, I don't like going, but I'm getting better with dealing with it.

I go for regular check ups every 9-12 months.
post #5 of 26
I'm overdue for a dentist visit. My boyfriend went today and it cost NZD$600 for 2 fillings. Unfortunately I cannot afford that sort of money so I probably will not get there until early 2010.
post #6 of 26
I didn't used to. My parents took me 1 time when I was 8 or so and that's it. When I turned 19 I decided for myself to go finally and it was the most painful cleaning ever since it had been so long. I also had 5 cavities. Of all the professions out there, guess which one I'm in

Yes I am a dental assistant and yes I do get my teeth cleaned(and LOVE it!) regularly now and am a strict brusher and flosser
post #7 of 26
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! ( just kidding).

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.
post #8 of 26
Yes, I have regular dentist visits and yes I HATE going to the dentist, don't know why, I usually get good checkups!
post #9 of 26
I get more nervous about going to the hairdressers! So yep, I go fairly regular and he don`t scare me!
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
*insert scary music here* [img]



.......I´m a chicken, I use to go every year, but I forgot...
I promise this year I´ll go...
post #11 of 26
I don't go as regularly as I should (no insurance), but I do go, and I don't mind.
I've had extractions, a fake tooth made and cavities filled and drilled, none of it has bothered me in the least.
post #12 of 26
I go about every 9 months and no, I don't really mind going, although having your mouth numb after getting cavities filled is no fun
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zoeysmom View Post
I do not go to the dentist regularly because I do not have benefits. I wouldn't mind going for a routine check-up/cleaning, but I know I need a lot more than that done and wouldn't be able to afford the trip!

Once I get benefits, I am in for a fun experience, I know.
If you go to Fanshawe in London, they will do it cheaper... I'm not sure how cheap, but a friend of mine went for some extractions and it was over $200 cheaper than quotes she got from other dentists.
post #14 of 26
We go 2x a year sometimes more if you have a cavity or something lol. My dentist is really quick if you have a teeth cleaning. Last time I went I was only there for about 25-30minutes, but when I have to have any work done by the dentist....scary! His hands shake a bit when putting the needle in.....he had a heart condition awhile back.....
post #15 of 26
Oh yeah, I go to the dentist. I put both of my first dentist's children through college. Now he's retired (I'm sure I made a few payments on the retirement home too!) My new dentist has three children....I imagine that I'll have enough dental work in the future to pay for their college educations also. I take great care of my teeth: checkups every 6 months, I brush, I floss, I do extra flouride treatments...I just have bad genes. I've had filllings, root canals (5), an apicoectomy for a failed root canal, then an extraction for a failed apicoectomy, and a dental implant. Now I'm working on my second dental implant for a second failed root canal, which resulted in another extraction.....and then a bone graft to the extraction site. At least I got to bypass the apicoectomy. Can you say $$$$$? I'd be rich if it weren't for my teeth (not really, it just feels like it.)
post #16 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
3 of us here have a dentist appt today..... so my question...

*insert scary music here*

Do you go to the dentist regularly????

Part 2:

How do you feel about going to the dentist? (no probs, scared, it's part of life, etc.)
Every 6months and love it
No cavities. I just hate getting x-rays. They sure dig into the gums.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Oh yeah, I go to the dentist. I put both of my first dentist's children through college. Now he's retired (I'm sure I made a few payments on the retirement home too!) My new dentist has three children....I imagine that I'll have enough dental work in the future to pay for their college educations also. I take great care of my teeth: checkups every 6 months, I brush, I floss, I do extra flouride treatments...I just have bad genes. I've had filllings, root canals (5), an apicoectomy for a failed root canal, then an extraction for a failed apicoectomy, and a dental implant. Now I'm working on my second dental implant for a second failed root canal, which resulted in another extraction.....and then a bone graft to the extraction site. At least I got to bypass the apicoectomy. Can you say $$$$$? I'd be rich if it weren't for my teeth (not really, it just feels like it.)
I think that you may be putting the eldest child through grad school, too.
post #18 of 26
I go to dentist twice a year. I had a filling replaced earlier this year done at the same time as my routine exam. No needles for me just drill and fill!!

DH on the other hand still has a numb area on his chin from a dental implant done a year ago.
post #19 of 26
I go every 6 months. It doesn't really bother me, if it's just a regular check up, but if it's anything more, I get nervous. I hate having shots in my mouth, so when I had my gum surgery, and they had to put a shot in the roof of my mouth, I was pretty scared. But it turned out fine and didn't hurt really at all.
post #20 of 26
I was terrified as a child. We had a scary dentist. We have 100% basic dental. The kids go every 6 months (they all love the dentist) Dh and I go every 3 months for cleaning. Every 6 months for a check up.
post #21 of 26
I'm going to book myself into the dentist right after I've bought a new battery for my car. I'm worried now.
post #22 of 26
I have dental insurance and bad gums so I have to go regularly for cleanings. I used to have to go every 3 months until I found out Sonic Care toothbrushes. Now I go every 6 months or so. I've been to the dentist twice in the last month (for crowns), and have 2 more visits coming up in July (permanent crown and 6 month cleaning). The last crown work was last week. They numbed my mouth so well that my eyelid actually stopped functioning. I couldn't even blink my eye for about an hour afterwards. Made the drive home in bright sunlight very interesting.

I hate dentists because when I was a kid, our dentist never used novocaine before she drilled. But I go, because I know the alternative (root canal) scares me more than a regular cleaning.
post #23 of 26
I love going to the dentist and go fairly regularly. I've never had anything 'bad' done, no fillings or anything so no reason to fear it.
post #24 of 26
I am embarassed about my teeth. Years of neglect, kinda just thought they would always just be there. A lot of stuff in my younger days, well, things you should not do (drugs) many years ago in a life that is not me now. Now down the road, they are a mess. Two missing molars, My "fangs" are starting to get bad, one is about to break off. I had a very bad experience with bleaching stuff, it took all the enamel off my front teeth and they now are just bad too. rotting away.
I am the person who smiles without showing their teeth, l hide my laugh behind my hand.

ETA :I have no way to fix ths at present, no insurance, what will need to be done will cost $$$$
post #25 of 26
I haven't gone in a few years... I know, shame on me...
I HATE dentist... I am terrified of it... I am not afraid of needles or anything like that, but at the moment I hear the noise and feel that smell... oh... I want to run away!
Next time I will tell them to make me sleep - that is the only way I will go.
post #26 of 26
I go to the dentist whenever I feel like it or think about it, haha. I dont enjoy going, usually because they pick at this damaged part of my tooth all the time (it happened when I was like 5 or 6). It has an indentation on it, and they always scrape it - irks the heck out of me! They also manage to make my gums bleed every time I go - no matter what dentist I go to it seems. I know I'm due to go, and I probably need to get my wisdom teeth pulled soon.

I'm not scared of going, I just hate going
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