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(Gallup)   One-third of Americans haven't visited dentist in past year; the rest know the drill   (gallup.com) divider line 106
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2014-04-28 08:07:22 PM  
www.bubbleblabber.com

"Bribe Louise? We don't have that kind of money."
 
2014-04-28 08:28:34 PM  
Being poor is interesting now?
 
2014-04-28 08:30:37 PM  
1/3 of the US did not see the dentist? If I polled my friends I'd be lucky to find 1/3 actually WENT to the dentist...
 
2014-04-28 09:43:57 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-28 09:45:53 PM  
you only have to take care of the teeth that you would like to keep
 
2014-04-28 09:45:57 PM  
Got it down to a science, every move with so much skill.
 
2014-04-28 09:46:40 PM  
eh, I've got my toothbrush

and my tooth
 
2014-04-28 09:46:42 PM  
I brush occasionally, rinse often, eat few sweets, no potato chips, and haven't seen a dentist for anything other than having my wisdom teeth out. Like, since I was a kid. Let's hear if for fluoride!
 
2014-04-28 09:48:03 PM  
They could still visit,  but without insurance or some other way to pay for a cleaning they wouldn't be there for long.
 
2014-04-28 09:48:26 PM  
My health insurance doesn't cover dental.
 
2014-04-28 09:49:23 PM  
I get my teeth cleaned four times a year. Seriously.

/Calculus isn't just for math class.
 
2014-04-28 09:49:40 PM  
The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.
 
2014-04-28 09:49:53 PM  
Who can afford to these days
 
2014-04-28 09:50:51 PM  
I've gone to the dentist 1 time in the last 10 years.  I've never had a cavity in my life.  That one time I went, they farked up something during the "cleaning" and made the tops of my teeth on the upper left side so sensitive, I had to go back another time for them to smear whatever over the area.  I won't be going back again unless I have a problem.
 
2014-04-28 09:53:40 PM  

Cathedralmaster: My health insurance doesn't cover dental.


There are cheaper alternatives.

www.fugly.com
 
2014-04-28 09:54:38 PM  

topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.


Where do you go? Sounds super low.
 
2014-04-28 09:54:41 PM  

oukewldave: I've gone to the dentist 1 time in the last 10 years.  I've never had a cavity in my life.  That one time I went, they farked up something during the "cleaning" and made the tops of my teeth on the upper left side so sensitive, I had to go back another time for them to smear whatever over the area.  I won't be going back again unless I have a problem.




And the bloody gums taste great!
 
2014-04-28 09:56:35 PM  
Csb
Went to the dentist 6 months ago to get some cavities filled, insurance covered. it was free, Even though my face is now full of mercury. Went in again maybe 4 with toothache, took 4 hours to be seen, failed to numb me, tried to drill anyway, cheek hurt for 3 days from needle. Went somewhere insurance didn't cover, they told me all my mercuries needed to be redone, replaced 3 (one was just a hole from a 8yo filling falling out) and it was like 500 bucks
 
2014-04-28 09:57:11 PM  
Brush your damn teeth, lay off the meth and back away from the farking soda. Then you can limit your dental appointments to one a decade.
 
2014-04-28 09:57:34 PM  
Two separate five year gaps between visits, still no cavities, and I still have all my wisdom teeth.  I do hit the regular six month visits now though.

It's either the enormous quantities of milk I drink, or genetics.
 
2014-04-28 09:57:53 PM  

topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.


But but but, Obama said it was better for me to pay $350 a month so that I don't have to pay for that $60 cleaning twice a year.
 
2014-04-28 09:58:06 PM  
The odd thing is, I brush a little bit less now that I've quit smoking. When I was a puffer I was thrice-daily brusher.

(Last dentist visit: 1996. Probably courting trouble.)
 
2014-04-28 09:58:22 PM  

Cathedralmaster: My health insurance doesn't cover dental.


I used to work for the Canadian government... and our Dental coverage was "You pay up front. We'll repay you part of it a few months later." And dental stuff can get farking expensive, so going was still a matter of saving up for a month or two both before and after going, then life going back to normal once the cheque came in.

/Not that high up in the government.
//Basically a secretary Administrative Assistant
 
2014-04-28 09:59:24 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 09:59:58 PM  
The home schooled have the best dentists.
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2014-04-28 10:00:27 PM  
My obamacare told me I didn't need it. So, meh, I trust my obamacare...
 
2014-04-28 10:00:38 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: 1/3 of the US did not see the dentist? If I polled my friends I'd be lucky to find 1/3 actually WENT to the dentist...


Seriously. I refuse to believe two in three people DID go to the dentist in the last year!
 
2014-04-28 10:02:41 PM  

topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.


There's often a dental practice in the area that effectively sells their own insurance: you pay a yearly rate that includes two cleanings, x-rays, and gets you a set percent discount on any additional work that needs to be done.
 
2014-04-28 10:04:19 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.

But but but, Obama said it was better for me to pay $350 a month so that I don't have to pay for that $60 cleaning twice a year.


Health insurance and dental insurance are different things
/dental is rarely worth it
 
2014-04-28 10:05:32 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.

But but but, Obama said it was better for me to pay $350 a month so that I don't have to pay for that $60 cleaning twice a year.


Why is it the only thing Republicans know how to do anymore is just lie?
 
2014-04-28 10:05:44 PM  
I go twice a year, my insurance doesn't cover it, but it is cheap as hell and well worth it.
 
2014-04-28 10:06:03 PM  
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2014-04-28 10:06:17 PM  
My insurance covers basics like cleaning, x-rays, and simple fillings. Anything else they only charge what most insurance companies are willing to pay (that's how they explained it) which seems to be approx. 40% of what I hear a lot of people pay for things like root canals, partials, etc. Seems to me (in my life's experience) you're better off with a neighborhood dentist as opposed to a chain or dentists connected to hospitals.
 
2014-04-28 10:06:32 PM  
Three times a month I scrub my testicles with feta cheese, shower myself in cheap wine, sacrifice a lamb on a stone alter to Dionysus while nude, make a loin cloth from the fleece, go out into the town and punch the first baby I see, dance around in a circle three times on my left foot and recite the pledge of allegiance backwards. So obviously my teeth are in perfect shape, my witch doctor tells me so at every yearly check up. Really who needs dentists?
 
2014-04-28 10:06:40 PM  
I have weak teeth.  I brush and drink plenty of fluoridated water, but my teeth just didn't calcify well so I've got four crowns and a pile of fillings on whatever else I've got left.  The year I had three crowns put in I paid so much to my dentist that I was able to write it off on my taxes, and that was WITH dental insurance.

Teeths is expensive.

/overdue on annual inspection
//super overdue on cleaning
///well aware that I'm operating at risk, but I'm terrified of the dentist too :(
 
2014-04-28 10:06:55 PM  
Well I'm 32.  And I've been to a dentist all over twice in my life.  Due to having having spent a lifetime on the edge of poverty.  However I've also made a point of always taking as best care of my teeth as I can.  And outside of a few chips from accidents they're in great shape.
 
2014-04-28 10:10:48 PM  
I was reading an article just the other day about how the dental business in Juarez is getting back in to full swing now that things aren't as quite as murdery around there. People apparently come from all over the US, flying in to El Paso and then taking a day trip across the boarder because it is -much- less expensive to get stuff like implants, crowns and veneers done. Apparently the dentists are just as good, the clinics in the video looked just as nice and clean as they do here in the states. Hell, they looked nicer than the one I went to here in the states last year (not going back there, either).

If I had a passport, I'd seriously consider it since I'm only about 45 minutes from there anyway. I can't afford it here in the states, but probably could on Juarez.
 
2014-04-28 10:13:21 PM  
Where is basemetal?
 
2014-04-28 10:18:06 PM  

doglover: topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.

Where do you go? Sounds super low.


I go to a normal dentist's office.  Not any kind of "clinic" for lower income people or anything like that.  It's a real, standalone, normal dentist's office.
 
2014-04-28 10:20:02 PM  
I see my dentist atleast once every 6 months.

I haven't had a regular gp since I was 18.

Haven't seen my ob in 2 years.

I'll be dead by 35, but my teeth will look amazing.
 
2014-04-28 10:20:47 PM  
Only 1/3rd? I'm surprised. Between the people who can't afford a dental visit, the people who can't afford to take any time off work for a dental visit, and the people who simply choose not to go to the dentist I'd have assumed the number would be much higher.
 
2014-04-28 10:22:29 PM  

Noishkel: Well I'm 32.  And I've been to a dentist all over twice in my life.  Due to having having spent a lifetime on the edge of poverty.  However I've also made a point of always taking as best care of my teeth as I can.  And outside of a few chips from accidents they're in great shape.


I have a feeling that your parents raised you well.
Edge of poverty but enough awareness and discipline to take care of your teeth and yet adventurous enough to chip them.

:D

/I couldn't figure out how to make a smiley with a chipped tooth
//for the rest of you guys, guess what this is: *clickiiiiiiieeeEeeeeeEEEEEeeeeeEeee*
 
2014-04-28 10:24:17 PM  
For me, dental insurance is worth it. Well it was at least since I had braces for 2 years and then jaw surgery (BSSO and LeForte II). Paid so Mich that I was actually able to use it as a deduction on my taxes one year.

/hate dentists
//yes I brush and floss at least twice a day don't tell me to "brush/floss more"
///darn genes...
 
2014-04-28 10:27:27 PM  

CruJones: Benjimin_Dover: topcon: The dentist isn't even that expensive WITHOUT health insurance.  I don't have dental coverage.  It's like $60 for a cleaning, around $100 when they do x-rays once a year.  I haven't had a cavity in many many years so no idea what that costs.

But but but, Obama said it was better for me to pay $350 a month so that I don't have to pay for that $60 cleaning twice a year.

Health insurance and dental insurance are different things
/dental is rarely worth it


Out of pocket, you're probably right. It's worth it for my wife, as she has LOTS of dental issues. We use her insurance. She only pays $10/month. As an spouse, my coverage would run $25/month. I'm 35 years old with zero cavities and no wisdom teeth problems. I don't price shop for the cheapest dentist, because I've had the same one my whole life. But you're right - it's cheaper for me to pay my full dentist out if pocket than it is to get insurance.
 
2014-04-28 10:29:42 PM  
As long as you  don't have gum disease and take good care...brush...floss...etc...there is no need to religiously see your dentist every 6 months.  It is akin to oil change places telling you the oil needs to be changed every 3 months.
 
2014-04-28 10:31:26 PM  
I just had the last of my wisdom teeth removed (Im 54)  I use a sonic toothbrush for 2 minutes 2 times a day, and use a waterpix with 3/4 water and 1/4 Listerine once a day.  Dentist said that if everyone did that, he would be out of business.
 
2014-04-28 10:34:19 PM  
Some of you must have absolutely rancid breath.   You should know that you develop an insensitivity to your own odors after a long enough time.   If you are single, unpopular, and/or unsuccessful in life chances are you really should make an appointment for the dentist.  Not saying this to be an asshole, but having few or no cavities is not an indication of good oral health.   Gingivitis is linked to heart disease and making people around you nauseous.
 
2014-04-28 10:39:31 PM  
Don't worry, everybody, I'm going to the dentist for you. Three times so far this year and two more trips at least in the near future. My teeth are just bad, no matter how much brushing, flossing, rinsing I do and no matter what lack of food I eat.
 
2014-04-28 10:44:16 PM  
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/many of you farkers
 
2014-04-28 10:46:37 PM  

Gotfire: Some of you must have absolutely rancid breath.   You should know that you develop an insensitivity to your own odors after a long enough time.   If you are single, unpopular, and/or unsuccessful in life chances are you really should make an appointment for the dentist.  Not saying this to be an asshole, but having few or no cavities is not an indication of good oral health.   Gingivitis is linked to heart disease and making people around you nauseous.


Gotfire is an out-of-work dental hygienist, possibly disgruntled.
 
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