Do you make regular visits to the dentist for a routine check-up?

@kalav56 (11503)
India
May 12, 2009 5:30am CST
We are supposed to visit our dentist every six months and there is a very humorous poem by Ogden Nash where he calls it a 'vicious circle’. After humorously describing the horrible experience with the dentist, he calls it a vicious circle because one has to maintain proper oral health in order to avoid the dentist and one has to keep visiting the dentist regularly in order to maintain oral health. Though we know that this ought to be done, I do it only when there is a problem. Please share.
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• India
12 May 09
well it like that for me too , actually i even dont remember when i last visited a dentist , i think it was many years back. i dont have any oral problems so i dont need to visit a doctor. my father who is a doctor himself always suggest that i should visit a dentist once in six months but i always disobey him ..well i only brush once in a day and still im not having any cavity or so , but i think i will be needing to visit a dentist so that i can solve one of my birth born problem with one of my teeth, it is not in proper lining so i want to make it proper ,so a recent visit would be made.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
When there is no problem we just don't do it, however much we know it ought to be done.That is the way we are.Thanks for the response.
@kawalnarang (1095)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 May 09
There is a need to visit regularly,, so we must do it ,,it's for our benefit
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
THanks for the response.
• India
12 May 09
I visit my dentist once in a 3 months and when ever I get pain in my teeth I jus call him and ans for a solution. i prefer to call him because he is very famous dantiest in that area so I think every people go to his clinic only for any teeth problem. So thats why I never go to his office due to heacy rush and always prefer to get solution on call.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
If he is willing to answer you on the telephone itself then nothing can be better.THank you for taking the time to respond.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 May 09
The poem is awesome with all those metaphors of diging road with the most crudest of instruments and you have to still keep your mouth wide open and stuffs like that, humour is at its best. Going to a dentist is supposed to be easier for me than many others since its a few steps away from my desk with the orthdontists and cosmotodontists greeting me every now and then. But I drag the mental appointments as much as I can. May be an annual check up - that's it., which compared to most is not bad. Last time I saw a dentist was a few months ago when I thought I need to do bit of cleaning. I am very much fidgety about mt teeth and everytime I have a headache I rush for a thorough brushing. It does help! The dentist told me that my teeth are in perfect shape and form. He advised a more often flossing. Flossing!! I just hate flossing and fine every reason to skip it! But now, I am better with it.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
Hi Mimpi, True, what a poem! And I never knew that a vigorous brushing has a good effect on your headache.I should try it because headache is very common here.I shall try it sometime.It is good that your teeth are in great form.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
And how are you today?Overworked??
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
13 May 09
It works for me and my mom teases me with that. How can brushing have anything to do with headache! But seriously it does help me. Some of it could be mental but it works for me. We have been having a lot of patients of late. It doesn't feel nice though, to see ill people all around you. And i am working on MD, which is keeping me busy these days. I just came from casting my vote. It was pretty much smooth. Another holiday and with our television not working, i will be on net the whole day. Could you please send me your AC link?
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@derek_a (10902)
13 May 09
Yes I do. I don't particularly like having the cleaning done on my teeth as they tend to ached for hours afterwards. Actually I have an appointment today to go for my check-up. - Derek
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
Oh God that is a very disheartening thing .Now, i would hate it even more.
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@derek_a (10902)
15 May 09
Actually I had to see the hygenist and have a thorough scaling and polish. She was very good at her job and the experience did not hurt one bit.. I'd do it again tomorrow.. - Derek
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 May 09
Thank God for that.I seem to have brought some luck to you, because after wailing here this time your experience has not been too bad.
@Sreekala (23418)
• India
13 May 09
Hi Kala, You are right, oral health is also very important one and we should maintain good habits for protecting our teeth. Once a dentist told me the same, we should visit dentist in every six months. But I am also like you when there is a problem then thinks about a dentist. Actually I can’t remember my last visit (lol). I had removed my wisdom teeth (five years ago from both sides) it was really painful and after that there is not much disturbance with my teeth. I am thinking to visit a dentist when I visit my native place because the charges are comparatively less there (reasonable).
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
That wuld be a very sensible thing to do.Cities are very expensive and your place must be relatively better.How eagerly you must be planning to go home! What special dishes are being made for your parents Sree?
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@Sreekala (23418)
• India
15 May 09
Dishes for parents, sadly my mother no more, so my focus is on Mother-in-law, she stayed with me for looking after the elder son so I know her likes and dislikes and purchased particular things for her.
@balasri (26554)
• India
12 May 09
It has been three years since I went to a dentist for regular cleaning.As I don't get any signals from my gums and teeth I never have thought of it for quite some time .And I have a feeling that one of my tooth is aching after reading your discussion.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 May 09
That is very bad of me then to have made your tooth ache.Thanks a lot for the response Bala.
@balasri (26554)
• India
13 May 09
It's my pleasure as always.
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@vicky30 (4777)
• India
26 Jun 09
I never make regular visits to the dentist for a routine checkup.When i was small i used to visit the dentist when i had pain in the tooth. and it was shaking badly.He used to remove the tooth.Now when i have pain in the tooth i just pop calcium pills so the pain disappears from my mouth.I will also put a mouth gel to sustain hte pain for some time.Then later the problem will go away.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
This is real new information to me.I have heard of gel but not that calcium pills ahve the ffect on the teeth[to reduce pain].That is great.
@kiran8 (15354)
• Mangalore, India
17 Jun 09
I think I am the same kala. I go only when I am in pain and the situation is desperate and needs dentist's attention. I have gone only a couple of times to the dentist so far. I have had no major problem with my teeth so why go LOL, but what you say makes sense, it gives good business for the dentist...
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 Jun 09
Hi KIRAN, Thanks for the response.Iw as away for a few days and had been to Nagpur.How are you?we will try to chat one day.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
13 May 09
When I was growing up, I always went to the dentist every 6 months. I haven't been in years now, mainly because I dont have dental coverage on my insurance and it's SOOOO expensive. If I have a problem, I would figure out a way to pay for their service, but a couple hundred bucks just for an "all clear" just isn't in my budget.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 May 09
True.If it is to be so expensive, you wont feel like doing ti umless you have a problem.
• United States
13 May 09
I do not visit the dentist every six months like you should. If I had then my teeth would not be in the shape it is. I am trying to get my children to go to the dentist every six months like they should. My son does now if I could get my daughter to go.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 May 09
THat is a wonderful practice you have inculcated.I have not done it.
• United States
13 May 09
Before I retired and still had dental insurance I always got my six monthly check ups. However now as a senior citizen Medicare does not pay for dental work and the insurance policies are way too expensive for me I can not afford to pay for dental check ups. It costs about $400.00 to get an annual check up with x-rays and treatment without insurance.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 May 09
Your routine checkups done over a period of so many years would stand in good stead.I dont think you would have any cause for concern.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
13 May 09
Hi Kala...Me too...I mean I visit the dentist only when I need to and do not wait impatiently for 6 months to fly by for my next appointment......Infact every time I go to the dentist I sincerely wish its the last time I will ever be in his office.......Its always a memorable experience....isnt it...........
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 May 09
I too dread it ROSE.thOUGH, SO far my experiences have not been too bad.I had two teeth removed without much pain , but still the thought is something that I do not much care for.
• Malaysia
13 May 09
The last time I visited a dentist was 17 years ago. I went to a new dentist few months back and I told her about the 17 years period and she was shocked. She was expecting a very dirty and problematic patient but she was surprised to see I keep my teeth in good condition. But seriously, one ought to visit a dentist at least once a year, preferably twice a year. This is to prevent certain illnesses which can be pretty bad for the person.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
Then obviously your teeth are in good condition Once I visited a dentist for a tooth problem ;when I asked him if it needed some maintenance he said there was no need and cleaning unnecessarily would weaken the enamel.But now I tend to disbelieve hima bit because, one of my teeth had a black spot it and I asked him to check it.he jsut said thta it wa sa a stain and I needed to brush it.But later, after afew years that tooth has been eroded and is now waiting to pose a problem one day.
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
13 May 09
I don't go to the dentist either unless I feel that there is something wrong with my teeth. I guess during hard times, people tend to overlook this regular check ups especially when you have to pay everything you go for check ups. I think the dentists would also understand why people only go to them when they are already feeling pain..
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
True, when it is going to get very expensive, we won't do it unless absolutely essential.
@zzyw87 (1260)
• Philippines
13 May 09
I don't go to dentists regularly. Like you, I only go when it is really needed already. I always go to my dentist just once a year. I never go more than once a year. I just take care of my teeth like brush three times a day and floss so that there would be no problems which could warrant a visit to the dentist.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
We will do our best and pray .That is all.
• United States
12 May 09
It truly is a vicious circle. I have a dental phobia and I think my parents did too, because they hardly ever took us. My dad now goes regularly but my mom won't. I am always in a panic attack when I even get a cleaning.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
WHo doesn't? I too do not go for routine checkups.
• India
12 May 09
No, I dont go, until it is efficient. I go to dentist very rare. Ogden Nash just described about the pain of teeth. I think i dont experience that pain till 30 years..
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
The poet brought it out in a very humorous manner.Thanks for the response.
@mzj033y (185)
• United States
12 May 09
It it recommended that people go to the dentist every six months in order to maintain good oral health. I start visiting the doctor, I'm not sure when now, but i think I am lazy in visiting the dentist again. They told me to come back in six months but I usually forget. Even for a cleansing, I had it badly back then. Lots of blood comes out from your mouth. I remember visiting the dentist to have my wisdom teeths pulled out and it was a horrible experienced because he did not even give me medicine to put me to sleep. I had to be awake for the whole operation. It definitely was something.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
Horrible experience for you.Here they do not make us go to sleep but they give a local anesthetic that numbs us on that part of the face.This makes it easier to bear if the tooth comes out easily.If there is complication then it is a differe nt matter.
@gmkk1986 (473)
• India
12 May 09
We and family every quarter go for checkup. We had regular alert system, so we don't have any problem in this regards. Our doctor was so friendly and if we forget in any case we get call from them with immediate effect. That was so good to all of us.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 May 09
This is great personal attention and you are being very disciplined.