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2013-03-28 08:38:51 PM
I am not afraid to go to the dentist.

But I am too poor to go to the dentist.
 
2013-03-28 09:05:44 PM
Is it safe?
 
2013-03-28 09:07:15 PM

shanrick: Is it safe?


NOTHING is safe. Safety is a delusional concept.

Learn to evaluate calculated risks.
 
2013-03-28 09:56:53 PM
An oral surgeon at that?  Damn well knew better.  a better article
 
2013-03-28 11:12:56 PM
www.movievortex.com

"I'm your dentist...."
 
2013-03-28 11:13:31 PM

UberNeuman: [www.movievortex.com image 500x270]

"I'm your dentist...."


Came for this reference, leaving satisfied...
 
2013-03-28 11:13:46 PM
Oh bullshiat, my headline was better.

It involved something long and hard the dentist was putting in your mouth.
 
2013-03-28 11:14:44 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-28 11:16:48 PM
In before YOU HAVE AIDS barbershop quartet?
 
2013-03-28 11:20:20 PM

Candygram4Mongo: I am not afraid to go to the dentist.

But I am too poor to go to the dentist.


If you are too poor to go to the dentist, you are definitely too poor not to go to the dentist.

$60 cleanings now or $6,000 in dental work down the road.  And trust me, dental work down the road sucks (even setting aside the price).
 
2013-03-28 11:20:39 PM
Testing will be offered free of charge at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center.

In before someone catches something from there.
 
2013-03-28 11:22:23 PM
36 years, 7,000 patients. Holy crap.
 
2013-03-28 11:23:00 PM
Well, now I'm afraid to go to Oklahoma. But my opinion of dentists is largely unchanged.
 
2013-03-28 11:23:38 PM
Would you say that all those patients are living now on.... TULSA TIME?
 
2013-03-28 11:24:04 PM
My vote is for a public castration for the dentist if any of his patients were infected because of his indifference to safety and sanitation.
 
2013-03-28 11:26:39 PM
a problem dentist in Oklahoma?

damn you basemetal
 
2013-03-28 11:26:50 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Candygram4Mongo: I am not afraid to go to the dentist.

But I am too poor to go to the dentist.

If you are too poor to go to the dentist, you are definitely too poor not to go to the dentist.

$60 cleanings now or $6,000 in dental work down the road.  And trust me, dental work down the road sucks (even setting aside the price).


Agreed 100%.  Now if you'll excuse me I have to go and wash down some more antibiotics from the tooth I had extracted this week.
 
2013-03-28 11:27:22 PM
Subby sounds like a rabid anti-dentite. Sure, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs. "Hey, denty!" Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools.
 
2013-03-28 11:28:16 PM
one of my best friends, a smart guy, makes 50k+ a year, I dont get it but he doesnt go to the dentist. He's 31 and hasnt been since he moved out of the house.  insists that its not necessary. and we work together, so i know that his dental insurance is a whopping 10 bucks a pay period.

I just don't get it.  I mean I freaking hate going to the dentist, but its not horrible.  I had people rooting around in my mouth constantly growing up with braces and oral surgery so maybe i'm a little more tempered to it, but if you are asking for a whole world of hurt in a few years.

is this common, are there other farkers out there that don't go just because?
 
2013-03-28 11:28:28 PM
I knew something was off when the dentist stuck his penis in my mouth.
 
2013-03-28 11:28:42 PM

ChrisDe: 36 years, 7,000 patients. Holy crap.


36 years, I'm kind of surprised it was  only 7000.
 
2013-03-28 11:28:51 PM
Being able to receive dental care seems like the real hallmark of middle class these days. Can you put your kids in braces? Congrats, you're middle class. Will your kids grow up hating their smile and covering their faces because they're ashamed that their teeth don't look as good as their classmates and people perceive them as not just poor, but unkempt and stupid as well? You're poor.

There aren't enough free / reduced priced dental schools in the country to help this problem, either.
 
2013-03-28 11:29:17 PM
My dentist subjects my captive-audience ass to 30 minutes of concentrated, weapons-grade right-wing herp-a-derp.  I keep going back, though, because what dentist actually does cleanings anymore??
 
2013-03-28 11:30:35 PM
This is Oklahoma. Everyone there knows that only queers can get HIV and AIDS, so there is nothing to worry about.
 
2013-03-28 11:32:37 PM

phedex: one of my best friends, a smart guy, makes 50k+ a year, I dont get it but he doesnt go to the dentist. He's 31 and hasnt been since he moved out of the house.  insists that its not necessary. and we work together, so i know that his dental insurance is a whopping 10 bucks a pay period.

I just don't get it.  I mean I freaking hate going to the dentist, but its not horrible.  I had people rooting around in my mouth constantly growing up with braces and oral surgery so maybe i'm a little more tempered to it, but if you are asking for a whole world of hurt in a few years.

is this common, are there other farkers out there that don't go just because?


I made it a point to do even when I was lacking employment.  It costs, but the pain of not going is worse.

One of my co-workers never bothered to do so despite our dental insurance being incredibly cheap.  She's now missing day and day out trying to get a crown because some gum infection is preventing her root canal from being completed.  Or that's what she says.  Needless to say, it's farked up and could have been prevented with a cleaning twice a year.
 
2013-03-28 11:32:55 PM
I would have gone with, "You will be."

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2013-03-28 11:35:26 PM
What about hepatitis C +, or hepatitis B -?
 
2013-03-28 11:37:25 PM

Guntram Shatterhand: phedex: one of my best friends, a smart guy, makes 50k+ a year, I dont get it but he doesnt go to the dentist. He's 31 and hasnt been since he moved out of the house.  insists that its not necessary. and we work together, so i know that his dental insurance is a whopping 10 bucks a pay period.

I just don't get it.  I mean I freaking hate going to the dentist, but its not horrible.  I had people rooting around in my mouth constantly growing up with braces and oral surgery so maybe i'm a little more tempered to it, but if you are asking for a whole world of hurt in a few years.

is this common, are there other farkers out there that don't go just because?

I made it a point to do even when I was lacking employment.  It costs, but the pain of not going is worse.

One of my co-workers never bothered to do so despite our dental insurance being incredibly cheap.  She's now missing day and day out trying to get a crown because some gum infection is preventing her root canal from being completed.



I know a cure for that.

'nuff said.
 
2013-03-28 11:37:26 PM
no way 7000 people in Oklahoma went to the dentist.
 
2013-03-28 11:39:55 PM
Kimberly Bergalis unavailable for comment.
 
2013-03-28 11:41:07 PM
TFA repeatedly said that "such occupational transmission rates are rare." Well, no farking shiat! That's because most professional dentists enforce strict hygiene standards in their practices! Unlike this asshole.
 
2013-03-28 11:41:22 PM
"one of the few people who are not afraid to go to the dentist"?

What backwoods idiot culture do you hail from?

Dislike? Sure. Scared of? Uhm, ok.....
 
2013-03-28 11:43:33 PM

Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: Well, now I'm afraid to go to Oklahoma. But my opinion of dentists is largely unchanged.


My thoughts exactly.  My chances of catching HIV in Oklahoma just drastically increased.
 
2013-03-28 11:43:46 PM
not to these guys.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKCcr_ayvMo

bug chasers?

pshhht.   aint skuuured.
 
2013-03-28 11:45:32 PM

Rufus Lee King: Once I get the nitrous oxide, I don't care what the dentist does.

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I know that is not a scene from the Three Stooges, but they had some pretty funny dentist skits.
 
2013-03-28 11:47:47 PM

gadian: Being able to receive dental care seems like the real hallmark of middle class these days. Can you put your kids in braces? Congrats, you're middle class. Will your kids grow up hating their smile and covering their faces because they're ashamed that their teeth don't look as good as their classmates and people perceive them as not just poor, but unkempt and stupid as well? You're poor.

There aren't enough free / reduced priced dental schools in the country to help this problem, either.


THIS.

/DENTISTS ARE THE SPAWN OF SATAN!
//...but still THIS.
 
2013-03-28 11:49:41 PM
Thanks Obama.
 
2013-03-28 11:49:46 PM

ShoeKing: no way 7000 people in Oklahoma went to the dentist.


I'm from Oklahoma, and agree. Thread over.
 
2013-03-28 11:49:49 PM

ArcadianRefugee: "one of the few people who are not afraid to go to the dentist"?

What backwoods idiot culture do you hail from?

Dislike? Sure. Scared of? Uhm, ok.....


I can see it, if you've had chronic dental issues due to genetics, coupled with some shiatty dentists in your childhood that used inadequate anesthesia (QUIT SQURIMING!! THAT DOESN'T HURT!!) and going on to adulthood (had one not draw back on the novacaine + epi syringe before injecting...went straight to the bloodstream, causing what one would expect from having epinephrine injected IV...elevated HR, panic, shaking limbs...)
That said, I still go, but I am really picky about the provider. I've recently moved, and went to a new dentist yesterday, and I won't be back...some of the instrument handles had visable dust on them, the dentist never did discuss any kind of treatment plan, I walked out of there knowing less about what was going on than I did going in the door. It seems shiatty dentists are everywhere.
 
2013-03-28 11:49:54 PM

Rufus Lee King: Once I get the nitrous oxide, I don't care what the dentist does.

[store.walterfilm.com image 850x662]



CSB time:

Back in the 80's I was a regular (okay, damn near CONSTANT) Marijuana user.

I'm talking toking all-day-every-day.

The Mrs. did not approve (illegal, you know), and wanted me to QUIT.

I tried - repeatedly, but just didn't have the willpower.

So as it turns out, I needed a root canal in a molar. Went to the dentist - and loaded a bowl of ganja before going in - reasoning that "I'm gonna' NEED this when I come out".

So I went in - miserable time. Painful even with the local anesthesia. And as for the nitrous oxide? I didn't feel ANY EFFECT. Kept telling him "TURN IT UP, GODDAMMIT!". Still no effect.

Once all over the misery was over, I walked outside - but strangely, I had NO desire to fire up that bowl of weed.

And I never did. I quit, easily and painlessly.

Was it the nitrous? The local anesthesia? The SHEER PAIN?

I don't know, but I've told the story to every dentist that I've visited since then.

Not that they cared any more that you will.

/CSB Time
//Now I drink alcohol
///Frying pan to Fire

OW MY LIVER!
 
2013-03-28 11:56:06 PM
Tất cả mọi người hoảng loạn!
 
2013-03-28 11:58:05 PM
Like Tulsa needed more problems.
 
2013-03-28 11:59:04 PM

Amos Quito: So I went in - miserable time. Painful even with the local anesthesia. And as for the nitrous oxide? I didn't feel ANY EFFECT. Kept telling him "TURN IT UP, GODDAMMIT!". Still no effect.

Once all over the misery was over, I walked outside - but strangely, I had NO desire to fire up that bowl of weed.

And I never did. I quit, easily and painlessly.

Was it the nitrous? The local anesthesia? The SHEER PAIN?


Well dissociatives are known to cause personality changes.
 
2013-03-28 11:59:30 PM
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2013-03-29 12:02:00 AM

phedex: one of my best friends, a smart guy, makes 50k+ a year, I dont get it but he doesnt go to the dentist. He's 31 and hasnt been since he moved out of the house.  insists that its not necessary. and we work together, so i know that his dental insurance is a whopping 10 bucks a pay period.

I just don't get it.  I mean I freaking hate going to the dentist, but its not horrible.  I had people rooting around in my mouth constantly growing up with braces and oral surgery so maybe i'm a little more tempered to it, but if you are asking for a whole world of hurt in a few years.

is this common, are there other farkers out there that don't go just because?


I was afraid of the dentist ever since I was 9 and choked on the xray film thing.

So, I just didn't go anymore.

Until I was 17, and my teeth stared to actually crack, and fall out halfway.  I literally walked around with teeth so badly decayed, the nerve was exposed (yes, it hurt and I lived on advil)

By the time I was 26, I had three separate trips to have emergency tooth extracts.  I had 2 root canals, and they both went bad, so I had to get them extracted.  I had the teeth extracted for the simple reason of this:

Extraction: 100 bucks
Root canal 2000 bucks.

By the time I was 30, I started to seriously take care of my teeth.  I had to have osseous surgery, two extra teeth removed (now I am down 7 teeth).

Take care of your teeth, seriously.  Between all the pain I went through and the running total about 10K to start putting implants back in my mouth, a trip to the dentist in my youth would have paid for itself in spades.

\CSB
 
2013-03-29 12:03:41 AM
I had a pretty bad dentist experience when I was a kid (early 70s). Needed an extraction, tooth broke, had to be dug out, and it seemed the dentist was out of Novocain. Needless to say, dentist was a no-no for me for the longest time. "I'll go when it hurts" kinda attitude. Had a root canal when I was around 20. Again issues with anesthesia (different dentist).
At about 30 or so, I had frequent visits to fix this that and the other. Fortunately, I finally found an awesome dentist who can do extraction, root canal, bone graft, whatever, basically painless and barely uncomfortable.

As for price, I spent more than half or my life in countries with socialized health care, so cost was not an issue there. In the U.S., I paid for a couple of procedures out of pocket, but now have decent insurance that covers a good portion.

To sum it up: go twice a year for a check-up/cleaning. Skip your Starbucks or a night out partying/dinner, if you have to.
 
2013-03-29 12:13:08 AM
Yay...another reason for people to make fun of Oklahoma. :/

I hope none of my friends were his patients.
 
2013-03-29 12:16:46 AM

territ: TFA repeatedly said that "such occupational transmission rates are rare." Well, no farking shiat! That's because most professional dentists enforce strict hygiene standards in their practices! Unlike this asshole.


Mrs. Intonation, who is a dental hygenist, says that it's while it's possible to enforce strict hygiene standards in dental offices, it's not possible for them to be actually 100% clean.  The government mandates that they must clean the teeth of HIV/Hep patients.  And they can sterlize and seal all the instruments, but this doesn't mean that splatters don't happen, and unless one sterilizes every square inch of an entire dental office after treating said patient, it means that everyone in the office after that could be exposed.

Of course, in this case, the sterilization practices were inadequate, at best, but still...

When I heard this on the local radio station (I'm in the Tulsa area) I almost wrecked my vehicle because our dentist shares his first name.  I heard 'Dr. Scott...' and almost lost it until I realized the surname was not the same.

And of course this happens on the same day that the high school our daughter attends was put on lockdown and overrun with SWAT because some idiot pranked the school with a crank call about some student having a gun...

/or, as we call it in Oklahoma, Thursday.
 
2013-03-29 12:19:12 AM
Ugh, I really should make a dental appointment this summer. I've been avoiding it. Not out of fear, just preoccupation with other things. Been going to the same dentist since childhood, and I will be bummed when he retires. Great guy.
 
2013-03-29 12:21:09 AM

A Terrible Human: Amos Quito: So I went in - miserable time. Painful even with the local anesthesia. And as for the nitrous oxide? I didn't feel ANY EFFECT. Kept telling him "TURN IT UP, GODDAMMIT!". Still no effect.

Once all over the misery was over, I walked outside - but strangely, I had NO desire to fire up that bowl of weed.

And I never did. I quit, easily and painlessly.

Was it the nitrous? The local anesthesia? The SHEER PAIN?

Well dissociatives are known to cause personality changes.



Wow, that could well be the explanation!

Maybe another root canal will cure me of my disdain for politicians?


/Long shot, I know
 
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