Mommy, my teeth came out!

How much do you like the drill?  - Afraid of the dentist because of the drill.
@whyaskq (7532)
Singapore
April 30, 2007 9:15pm CST
That was my nephew yelling for help. This boy, age 5, was a frequent visitor to the dentist. Last year, his mom made a decision to extract 8 of his teeth at one go, after finding it too costly to visit the dentist too often. That was only milk teeth, permanent teeth will grow! As adults, when will you visit the dentist? Whenever there is a toothache? Or only when the pain is unbearable? Or are you one who dutifully pays your dental tax annually? Or are you like me, fear the dentist drill at work? Or you do not even have to visit the dentist? Kindly share your "relationship" with the dentist. Thanks.
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21 responses
• Philippines
2 May 07
I am not a dentist fanatic...I don't fancy them at all... Anyways, I don't go to the dentist nor my kids...We just drink medicine for toothaches and let the teeth fall off whenever...It grows back for kids..I always imply to them to brush their teeth though..
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
Certainly hope you continue with the discipline to keep your teeth healthy and strong :)
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• United States
2 May 07
I have only had one bad dentist in my life and I got rid of him. I have Delta Dental, so I do not worry about anything. Another thing, call 1-800-Dentist.
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• Singapore
1 May 07
Why would extracting 8 teeth at 1 time cost less than extracting 1 tooth at a time? And are you kidding? 8 teeth?? Is he going to grow up toothless? How can something like this happen??
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
Go 8 times vs go 1 time. Besides, "bulk" discount apply, I think. See how much savings :P He is like any child now..... toothless in front but permanent teeth will grow. So hopefully he don't lose them early.
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• Singapore
2 May 07
I don't really know much about children's teeth but pulling out 8 teeth seems something really serious. But if you say he is going to grow up fine with a full set of teeth, then I am relieved to hear that. Are you sure there are bulk discounts for dental charges? I honestly doubt so. It feels wrong anyway since this would be like encouraging people to pull teeth.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 May 07
Savings on the per session consultation, yes. Not sure about bulk discounts though. I was joking about it. I do not know why the dentist suggested it but the bill is 1K+ in all.
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
1 May 07
Oh my bighead, I was a graduate of Dental Medicine and naturally, I am very much aware of my dental hygiene. I can't understand what you are saying here though. Your nephew's 8 decidous teeth were extracted all at the SAME TIME??? There is a rule in tooth extraction as well as injecting anesthesia. I'm confused. We don't have dental taxes here. Neither do we have the privilege of getting free dental services. I am a stickler of keeping my teeth as good as it can be. Its quite costly to avail of any dental services nowadays. I only hop in for my twice a year oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
So you are a dentist, eh? Oh! I must be very careful with my words. lol. Ya, my nephew had 8 teeth extracted at one go at the hospital. The dentist say it is ok. He even got some 'replacements' at the back - don't know what they are, but I guess is to help him eat. I don't know how many teeth left since one came out on its own recently. dental tax - it's my way of calling it.. I visit dentist yearly, so it is like paying tax to the dentist :P
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
2 May 07
To tell you the truth, its insane to pull out all 8 teeth at the same time especially for a child that young. Its my first time to hear about this.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 May 07
We were all worried and prepared all sorts of "cooling" tea for him. Anyway he is allright now.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
1 May 07
I avoided the Dentist like the plague! I had not visited one since I was in High School. I know bad, however I never had a toothache during that time either. Only now that we have moved to the USA, and my husband has dental insurance for my son and I, we decided to make the most of it and get our teeth checked. I'm happy to say that mine wasn't too bad - had a good clean, a few fillings and thats it! Unlike my husband, hmmm his was worse than mine and had to have serious work done on them. Now we are scheduled every 6 months (I think or more) to visit with the dentist. I have yet to get my son checked but will now that we know of his heart condition and what needs to be done before he has any dentistry work.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
I too avoided the dentist like plague after I left school until two years back. I had one wisdom tooth extracted and it was 2 teeth at one go as I no longer can bear the pain after 2 weeks. Henceafter, I faithfully pay a visit to my dentist at least once a year, if not twice.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
As for your son, I think he needs to be careful of his gums too. I had a friend with AF and was told to look after his teeth.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
1 May 07
I haven't been to see a dentist for 20 years. The last time I went, the enamel had come off the back of one of my front bottom teeth, and the dentist tried a few times to get the filling and enamel to stay. But it never did. Since then, the tooth has gotten worse, and I just know a dentist will want to pull it. So I have avoided making an appointment. Go ahead, call me a big wimp....I can take it. LOL
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
1 May 07
Maybe you can share how you manage your teeth such that you do not have to visit the dentist for 20 years. I would love to hear. Great savings ;P When I was in school, it was something like 20 visits to the dentist every year. Luckily it was free. Now it was so expensive at each visit that I think forever.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
1 May 07
I wish I could say it's because I have perfect teeth and don't NEED to see a dentist. But the truth is, I'm a scaredy cat....a big baby that doesn't like pain. I can't even stand it when the assistant does the routine cleaning. It feels like the floss is going clear down to my jawbone!
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
6 May 07
Poor him. I feel his pain. I haven't seen the dentist forever and I will as soon as I can this year.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
7 May 07
Thanks for the comfort. We do feel the pain too, but the child seems to be nonchalent. He enjoys showing his dracula teeth now :P
@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
1 May 07
I don't afraid the dentist but i don't like go to doctors anyway.I have long time I didn't go to dentist and lucky me I haven't any toothache as long as i remember.I hope my luck fallow me because as I say i don't like doctors plus the dentist is always very expensive..
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
I guess if you continue to take good care of your teeth, you don't need the dentist :)
@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
1 May 07
Why didn't she simply wait for the teeth to fall out by themselves, lol :P. And here you have to pay for health insurance by default, this includes some dental costs like regular checkup. I must say though it has been quite a while already since I went, but I don't have any toothaches so it's not like it's in a rush. So far never had a cavity anyways and whenever trying to call for a date I can go the dentist has an appointment anyways.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
At times, it is difficult to wait for the tooth to fall out by its own when it is painful ;P
• United States
1 May 07
I'm a dental student and my emphasis will be in pediatric dentistry. I hope my young patients would feel comfortable with me. There is no reason to fear the drill if the anesthesia is properly administered
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
I have not heard of administering anesthesia for normal drilling and filling ;P
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
1 May 07
I visit my dentist at least once a year for a general check up. I´ve got a dental insurance, where certain things are for free and for others a percentage has to be paid. I rather pay a small amount every month than a huge one if I´ve got to have some complicated dental work done. For me, the worst thing of a dentists visit is the sound of the drill. I put up with it, because there are so many diseases that can derive from teeth in a bad state.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
You are certainly lucky to have dental insurance.
• India
1 May 07
i didnt have any serious ploblems with my teeth so far after the milk teeth came off and permanent teeth grew back. i make sure to brush my teeth once a week with a small peice of branch from neem tree so that i can keep away from a dentist.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
Interesting. First time I heard of it - brush with branch from neem tree. How is it supposed to help?
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
1 May 07
lol even my nephew was suffering from same and was not ready to visit dentist second time after he got one of this teeth out from his mouth. Yes, dentist are too costly here in India too. I visit dentist twice in a year or if there is a big party then get my teeth clean. I haven't had any kind of toothache yet. yes, I also fear dentist drill always. My dentist is a very sweet lady and she is very talkative. She is kind of helping and understanding lolz. I'm not going to marry her hehehehe. But yes, she is quite adorable.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
lol. So I guess it makes it worth going to the dentist :P
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
1 May 07
we don't have dental taxes here in quebec, I don't go to the dentist because I cannot afford it, but as of July I will go because I will get it free. I should have gone since 2000 but just did not have the money.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
2 May 07
Oh, by rental tax, I mean pay money to the dentist :P Have a good round of checkup 1 July. It's worth it!
• India
1 May 07
we should definitely visit a dentist, if there is any problem with tooth thou there is fear of dentist drill.we have to maintain the tooth without it getting decayed or causing any problem.Till now i have not visited any Dentist. Thank God,Hope in futher also i dont visit them.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
1 May 07
agree but sometimes, the tooth just want some attention :P
• United States
1 May 07
I hate toothache (as it's the worst pain of all) and I hate going to the dentist, either. I usually visit the dentist when I have a problem with my tooth/teeth. I hate it when he drills my teeth! I know this is not good practice (to not visit the dentist regularly), but I'm quite lucky to be blessed with nice teeth. Dental manipulation is very expensive here in the US. Good thing I have a dental plan, I would be able to pay for the fees, especially when I needed to have prophylaxis. Happy myLotting!
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
1 May 07
You are certainly lucky to be blessed with nice teeth. Dental plan? Is it an insurance policy where you only pay a portion of the fees?
@gbaben (509)
• Russian Federation
1 May 07
I know quit all right that teeth problem is not a small problem,so i prefer the prevention principle than the cure one.Anyway i have not been to the dentist before but i mind eating too much of sugary.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
1 May 07
Hello,whyaskq,I have not been to the dentists for long time,may be more than few years,I think if i was to the dentists, they would ask me to clean my teeth.I always think it is painful,may be it was due to the experience i had when I was a child. Also I am afraid th dentist will tell me I have toothe dacay and need to take my tooth off.
@mari123 (1862)
• China
1 May 07
i didn't have a toothache,but my mother and father used to have a toothache,they didn,t see the dentist,they used Chinese traditional medicine to cure tootache.the medicine is good,and spend little money to cure tootache.in my country go to hospital,and see a doctor should spend much money,as a farmer,cann't take so much money to see doctor.
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@bluewings (3857)
1 May 07
Ouch,eight at one go? That hurts.I am weary of visiting a dentist.The thought of someone digging into my mouth makes me uncomfortable .A nightmare in dreams is better than 'living' a nightmare.But if I have a toothache ,I will drop my inhibition.It's better to overcome the discomfort rather than being left toothless at an early age.