What a way to start the day - mouth open with drool pouring out!

United States
May 22, 2017 10:45am CST
What better way to start a Monday morning than a trip to the dentist! It was my four-month gum cleaning. I like early morning appointments since I feel that the dentist is in a far better mood with his first patient of the day compared to his last patient of the day. My gums have improved so much in the last two years that instead of going every other month for this gum work I now am going every 4 months. My mouth is grateful for that! If an emergency happens, like I get an infected gum, then they get me in when necessary. Nothing better than a good ol'country dentist who has been in practice for more years than I can count....but who is up-to-date on all the modern techniques. He doesn't pull teeth or do root canals, but he's good for most other things. So now that I have been worked on, drooled and cleaned up - I think it's time for lunch! Do you like your dentist and do you keep up with good oral hygiene? Photo from Pixbay
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
22 May 17
I prefer early morning appointments too.
4 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
Especially in summer since afternoons are pool time for us.
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@Essjayd (1620)
22 May 17
Rather you than me! I'm terrified of the dentist I floss, brush and use mouthwash at least twice a day in the hope that I can avoid them!
3 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
For me it's gum issues - not teeth issues. In the evening I brush, floss, use a rubber tip to massage my gums, waterpik, Listerine - then rest! I brush probably 10 times a day.
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@Essjayd (1620)
22 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill I realise in many cases there is nothing you can do to prevent gum or teeth problems! Lol I'm just desperately trying to increase the odds in my favour! It's not a mild fear I actually go into full on panic just having a check up!
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• United States
22 May 17
@Essjayd I prefer dentist to the doctor!
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@Corbin5 (106279)
• United States
22 May 17
Our dentist is from China. Best dentist we ever had. He is a one-man show in that he does everything, root canals, pulling teeth, and whatever else needs to be done. Since he has no dental assistants, the patients pay less for care. One time, he and I talked my appointment away and had to reschedule.
3 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
Around here very few dentists pull teeth. Every dentist we've been to refers you to a specialist for that. This dentist isn't big on talking, his assistant makes up for it...I was there 30 mins. after my app't was over just chatting.
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@Corbin5 (106279)
• United States
22 May 17
• United States
22 May 17
I like to have mornings appointments too for that reason and to get it out of the way I go twice a year.
3 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
I don't mind going - what he has done has saved me from having my gums cut by a specialist.
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• United States
22 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill I like to get it out of the way and I find they are in a better mood also.
@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
22 May 17
Yes I like my dentist, both the one who check my teeth every year and the one specialized in teeth cleaning. I go twice a year.
3 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
I am probably at the dentist office more than the normal person, but it's paying off.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
23 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill My husband goes 4 times a year, he needs more cleanings than I need.
@LeaPea2417 (20413)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 May 17
I love my Dentist. We have been going to him for around 29 years , since we got married. With our Dental Insurance Plan, we get 2 free cleanings a year. Of course, other things like cavities and laughing gas, and x rays cost something. I think they pay half of those things, with the exception of laughing gas.
3 people like this
• United States
22 May 17
When do you get gas? I had it once when I was a young adult and almost went thru the roof - told the dentist to get that mask off of me. I actually very seldom got Novocaine except in extreme cases. Most dental plans pay for two cleanings a year, but mine are not cleanings, they are gum work which insurance only pays a little toward.
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@Lolaze (3165)
• United States
23 May 17
I feel your pain, I've had two root canals recently! I adore my dentist. I have really bad anxiety and she is great about working with me so I stay calm.
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• United States
23 May 17
The last root canal or two that I had years ago - no pain at all.
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@Lolaze (3165)
• United States
24 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill both of mine have hurt rather bad at a few points. That's because they can't use regular novacaine to numb me as I'm allergic AND I'm hard to numb anyway. It's just a few seconds of pain though and then it's all good.
• United States
24 May 17
@Lolaze Years ago I had a sinus operation where they gave me 10 or more shots under my upper lip - since then Novocaine doesn't do much for me either.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
23 May 17
Ugh! I do so dislike the dentist and my teeth show it. Good idea to have the early morning appointment. Makes a lot of sense.
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• United States
23 May 17
I don't mind the dentist, this one caused me a lot of pain initially but we've got my gums in better shape because of it, so yesterday no pain.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
23 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill ......That is great.
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• United States
23 May 17
@celticeagle It was either he dig my gums out or send me to a guy to have them cut....I chose digging.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
22 May 17
My dental practice consists of a husband and wife team. Sometimes I see one and sometimes the other. They both seem pretty good although the wife is nicer. They have helped me t avoid any problems for the last 13 years though : )
1 person likes this
• United States
22 May 17
WE went to a lady dentist years ago - She was horrible...she cleaned my teeth and they sure didn't feel clean when she finished. I had an infection and she gave me anti-B's but the wrong kind and I had to go to the doc and get it taken care of. Never again.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
22 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill I used to have another lady dentist a long time ago, she was lovely but I think she was just too nice to tell me I wasn't looking after my teeth properly.
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• United States
22 May 17
@Fleura I am not a fan of female dentists or docs.
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@YrNemo (12657)
23 May 17
Whenever I thought I had the best dentist ever, that would be when that dentist decided to play tricks with me (or retired). I am with the fifth or sixth one right now.
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• United States
23 May 17
We have moved a lot so we probably hold a record for the number of docs we've seen in the last 17 years...the current one is #8.
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@YrNemo (12657)
23 May 17
• United States
23 May 17
@YrNemo We have lived in 4 different areas of TN and sometimes it took more than one dentist to find the right one.
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 May 17
I'm better with looking after my teeth than I used to be. I'm getting too old to neglect them.
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• United States
23 May 17
I wish I had paid more/better attention years ago.
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 May 17
@AbbyGreenhill Me too. Toothpaste dries my lips out but now I put up with it.
• United States
23 May 17
@JudyEv What kind of toothpaste do you use?
@boiboing (12465)
• Northampton, England
22 May 17
I always used to book the last appointment on Friday so that my dentist would want to get me through quickly so he could go home and start the weekend. By doing this, I've managed to escape dental X-rays for the past 6 years.
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• United States
23 May 17
Our guy only works three days a week, and I never know when those three days will be so asking for a late day app't might not work with him.
@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
22 May 17
We go twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
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• United States
22 May 17
That's how I used to do it, most people do - until I ran into gum issues...it's a whole new ball of wax.
@jstory07 (67068)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 May 17
I get my teeth cleaned once a year it is to expensive to go every si months.
• United States
22 May 17
My dentist accepts what insurance pays, he doesn't charge me the balance since I am such a good patient!