When do you go to the Dentist?

United States
April 20, 2008 6:45pm CST
Do you go on a regular basis or do you go when you can't take the pain anymore? I am the type to go when I can't take the pain anymore...I know it is a wrong thing but that is me. One of my sister's will not go at all and they call her oreo cookie when she smiles. Well not to her face! I do brush my teeth every day. I think I'm am scarred of pain even if last one hour. What about you?
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@callarse1 (4791)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Hey AmericanWoman, well the truth is for me I HAVE to go to the dentist. I even went without insurance before. I just love the dentist, and I love my teeth because they're the first thing people see. I brush my teeth usually twice a day, I floss and rince, too. I hate tooth pain so that's why I love my dentist so much
• United States
21 Apr 08
That is wonderful you care about your self. Its true the first thing I look at when some one is talking to me is there teeth, Some teeth are so white your like wow they realy care about there teeth. and you have a little more respect for them.
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@callarse1 (4791)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Yes, I love the way they look after they clean my teeth. Pablo
• United States
3 Jun 08
Up until about 5 years ago I only went when I had an issue with a bad tooth. Then I moved to a new town that has a dentist that specializes in people with dental fear. I wasn't having any pain, but wanted to have a thorough cleaning and have any problems that I might have corrected. It took me about a month to get the courage just to make the appointment. I'm so glad I went. My dentist is wonderful--I ended up needing 4 fillings. She said we can do them all at once or one at a time. I opted to do one on the first visit. Then I returned the following week for a cleaning. Then the next week I had filling number 2 and then the following week I was comfortable enough to have the last two done. Now I go religiously every 6 months for a cleaning and I haven't had any new cavaties to report since. I do however need to see an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth removal. I'm building up the courage for that.
• United States
3 Jun 08
I hear you on the building courage part. Sometimes it takes the right person to help us through our fears, I'm so happy you found the right dentist.
• United States
2 Jun 08
I used to wait till I couldnt stand the pain no more but after my last ordeal I go at least once a year my teeth used to be very pretty till a few years back when I had my Jaw broke and Now my teeth I hate them lol but at least once a year in this house for everyone
• United States
3 Jun 08
Sorry about your jaw. Once a year is still very good.Good job!
• India
28 Apr 08
well friend i completely agree with you.I go to the dentist only when i am not able to bear the pain or when it becomes difficult for me to chew.Well honestly speaking i hate going to either a doctor or the dentists.
• United States
28 Apr 08
I know what you mean. The thought gives me shivers. lol
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I go when I can't take the pain anymore. I would like to go on a regular basis, but its just so expensive. Even with insurance its still expensive. I brush my teeth everyday as well. Now my kids on the other hand go on a regular basis. they have medicaid and that helps. I really want them to stay in the habit of having good teeth.
• United States
21 Apr 08
It is expensive once early last year my back gum was swollen around my tooth so he did a root canal and covered it with some kind over hard cement stuff, and I was to come back once my crown came in and pay out of pocket $400.00, I have three teens I don't have they laying around. so I left it like that and it still is working for me. lol Until something goes wrong with it the dentist cane wait on me. I always put my self last when it comes to my health, I know shame on me, I am trying to brake that habit though, I do go for my siezure medication and oppointment because that is more important. :)
@jovimom (1576)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Well I go every six months for cleanings. I also get any cavities taken care of too. When I was 16, I had a bad gum disease and had to have surgery. I think that scared me to take care of my teeth. Course, my parents didn't take me to the dentist at all until I was 16! My dad was a construction worker though and I'm not sure if he had dental insurance. I have an appointment in July for me, my 5 year old, and my 12 year old. He is going to need braces soon. This will be my 5 year old's first trip. I think tooth pain is just as bad as labor pains! I had to have my wisdom teeth removed a few years back and I thought I was gonna die
• United States
21 Apr 08
That is wonderful you care so much about your children deeth, you are a loving parent. fillings are to bad if the medication last, but a wisdom tooth removed ouch!
• United States
21 Apr 08
Right now, I have insurance and I go fairly regularly. I will also go if I have a serious problem. When I didn't have insurance, I rarely went and as a result, I had several cavities to fill. Once, I had a bad toothache that I just put up with until the enamel on the tooth decayed so bad that it broke off. Then, I needed a crown. I also brush and floss twice a day. If you can't afford to go to the dentist, then I would say to people to at least brush and floss.
• United States
21 Apr 08
I agree if you are deathly scare of the dentist or don't have the money to go, you do need to brush, floss, use germ killer mouthwash. after every meal. There have been occasion when someone is talking to you and you can smell there breath and you thing OMG did something die in there.
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• Canada
20 Apr 08
Sadly havent been to dentist in my like 5-7 years
• United States
21 Apr 08
Wow, Maybe it is time to brave it up. I know I feel so good after I leave knowing I faced a fear. lol