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I survived the dentist! (barely)

post #1 of 22
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Just got back from the dentist.... it's hard to say exactly how it went. The teeth cleaning was the hardest part and my mouth and gums are still sore. The rest wasn't so bad.

The good news - no cavities! Where's my sticker, dang it, I earned it!
The bad news - I have a touch of gingivitis, but it can be easily treated by brushing more. No worries, I can do it!

Oh and I had 3 sealants that needed to be replaced so she went ahead and did them. It wasn't as painful as I remember it being.

The visit cost $75, which was much less than I was expecting... and I was told that I have great teeth so... Now I'm in the clear for the next 6 months!
post #2 of 22

YOO HOO.......WAY TO GO GIRL!
post #3 of 22
That must be a relief! You've inspired me. I'm going to make a dentist appointment. But first I have to find a dentist... (it's been so long, my last dentist retired.)
post #4 of 22
Well done Ari!!!!

We're so proud of you
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by mamacat
That must be a relief! You've inspired me. I'm going to make a dentist appointment. But first I have to find a dentist... (it's been so long, my last dentist retired.)
Yay for inspiring people - Susie inspired me and now I inspired you! Good luck finding a dentist, I really liked mine so I'm happy!
post #6 of 22
Yay Ari!! I have a touch a gingivitis too. I have been told to floss more. I hate flossing...boo.
post #7 of 22
Hooray! Now, go eat a giant chocolate bar & other sugary foods!



(fellow Dentist Fearer here)
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by berylayn
Yay Ari!! I have a touch a gingivitis too. I have been told to floss more. I hate flossing...boo.
Yeah I was told to do that too. But I have one of those stupid permament retainers behind my bottom teeth so it makes it WAY hard to floss, even the dental hygenist was having issues. If SHE can barely do it, how can she expect ME to.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Yeah I was told to do that too. But I have one of those stupid permament retainers behind my bottom teeth so it makes it WAY hard to floss, even the dental hygenist was having issues. If SHE can barely do it, how can she expect ME to.
I have one of those too! UGH. Did she use those little threaders through your teeth?? It makes it so ANNOYING!
post #10 of 22
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I have one of those too! UGH. Did she use those little threaders through your teeth?? It makes it so ANNOYING!
Yes and it hurt so much that I nearly bit her hand off. Mean lady!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Just got back from the dentist.... it's hard to say exactly how it went. The teeth cleaning was the hardest part and my mouth and gums are still sore. The rest wasn't so bad.

The good news - no cavities! Where's my sticker, dang it, I earned it!
The bad news - I have a touch of gingivitis, but it can be easily treated by brushing more. No worries, I can do it!

Oh and I had 3 sealants that needed to be replaced so she went ahead and did them. It wasn't as painful as I remember it being.

The visit cost $75, which was much less than I was expecting... and I was told that I have great teeth so... Now I'm in the clear for the next 6 months!
Yay! Consider yourself lucky, & please keep up the good work! Last year I lived an ongoing dental nightmare called a "bridge" that involved 8 teeth & about 2000.00. And that's with dental insurance. I am a poster child for taking care of your teeth!
Also, invest in a water-pick, & mix your water with a solution of CoolMint Listerine, then brush. I like to do this before bed, & my gums feel great!
post #12 of 22
UGH lucky you! I just went to the dentist last week... two of my fillings needs fixed, they have tiny holes underneath them right near the gum! a tiny one starting in a molar (sp??) :-o annnd my gums are starting to recede! Im only 23!!! stupid stupid genes.. i got my dads mouth!
post #13 of 22
If you use Listerine, floss, and brush every day, you will do a lot to keep those gums and teeth healthy. You get to the point where cavities aren't the big thing, but the periodontal disease is.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Deb25
If you use Listerine, floss, and brush every day, you will do a lot to keep those gums and teeth healthy. You get to the point where cavities aren't the big thing, but the periodontal disease is.
Yeah I was instructed to use Listerine before bed so I bought a bottle. I'm also looking into seeing if I can get my permanent retainer removed and get a removable one instead so that I can floss better... somehow I think my orthodontist is going to say no.
post #15 of 22
I'm a bit late telling you this, Ari, but way to go, you did great today! You're so brave!!!
post #16 of 22
Glad you made it through...and how wonderful to have no cavities and be told you have great teeth!
post #17 of 22
This is such great news Ariana!
post #18 of 22
Way to go, Ari!
post #19 of 22
You have to pay for your dentist there?
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
You have to pay for your dentist there?
Fwan - it depends on if you have dental insurance or not and what the insurance will cover.

I do have dental insurance and they would've paid for the whole visit if my teeth had been fine... unfortunately since I need sealants and I'm over a certain age, they don't cover that and I had to pay for it.
post #21 of 22
Way to go! Another dental phobe faces her fears!

I finally went to see the dentist after (mumbles) years and I too got away pretty clean! One of my oldest fillings was loose, the tooth around it cracked in the back. So I'm getting a crown. I had the first part of the crown done yesterday. I had the filling removed and the tooth made smaller so the crown will fit over it. I have a temporary crown for 2 weeks.

Fwan, I wish dental coverage pays for everything! For the crown, its $400 out of my pocket. My insurance only covers half.
post #22 of 22
I am one of those crazy people who don't mind going to the dentist. The dental hygenist talks about her cats and me -with mouth open says (Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)-you get the drift.
I have good teeth-never needed braces. Only 2 wisdom teeth-they were straight too!!
I also have a bridge-I actually had a baby tooth and it cracked and had to be removed about 2-3 months before my dental insurance kicked in. That was a chunk of money!!!
But really haven't have any problems for quite some time!!
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