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Today's Poll: 09/03/2015

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How often do you visit the dentist? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
2 times per year
Once per year
Less than once per year
Never
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lyubomirb
on 09/03/15
I got for cleaning ones in 2 years. It seems to be a good schedule for me. I don't want them spacing my teeth too much.

Stay low on deserts and soft drinks. I feel great, so does my wallet.
atagahi
on 09/03/15
mfets2010 and 8 others liked this  
I don't quite understand why dental insurance is separate from regular medical insurance. I have heard many times that gum disease can lead to heart disease so shouldn't routine dental care be considered preventive medical care?
lyubomirb
on 09/03/15
They want you to pay more, such as Vision insurance blah blah. I refuse to get them and just pay for what I need done. put that insurance money in savings and got more in the end.
WoolRanch
on 09/03/15
atagahi liked this  
Have to agree with that... I had a root canal that, if left untreated, would have spread into my nasal cavity - which would've been paid for by my regular insurance. But, up until it's really bad, it's separate. Kind of crazy. (Since my mouth is naturally acidic, my saliva basically eats my teeth... so insurance or not, I go in every 6 months)
EllemV
on 09/03/15
No insurance, they have refused to work on my teeth for 10 plus years, and it's due to the fact they say they are all 'healthy' when they have hurt for that time. Now, they are all but pieces, and rotten. Sadly, it would require at least 5k to 10k to get them fixed and NO ONE around where I live is even willing to look at me.
lyubomirb
on 09/03/15
Buy a plain ticket to Ukraine. There are some good Dentists over there and the price of Dental work is cheap.
Ann1208
on 09/03/15
mysecrett liked this  
I have had bad experiences with dentists and right now don't have insurance. It's been 3 years ago since I went to a dentist.
dabmorales
on 09/03/15
We have a family plan through our credit union. $34/month then $10 cleanings. The dentist even offers a free fluoride treatment (a little gross, but so is the expensive one). When it comes to oral health, which really does affect your whole body, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.
lyubomirb
on 09/03/15
$34 x 12 = $408/year

Cleaning is $60 - $100
Florine treatment is $25 -$50
TheIdeaQueen
on 09/03/15
mysecrett liked this  
YUCK! I wouldn't let anyone put those chemicals anywhere near my body! Fluoride isn't good for your teeth, despite what the dentist has been trained to say. I agree, prevention is better, thus why we EAT RIGHT instead of paying a dentist to fix what we broke with poor eating habits.
mysecrett
on 09/03/15
Interesting Poll Question. I don't have any medical or dental insurance or the money for routine visits so I just take really good care of my teeth on my own and then go to the dentist every few years if there's an issue. So far I've done a good job and have had really good luck. I'm almost 45 and have barely even ever had a cavity.
FireFalcon908
on 09/03/15
Depends. Just get appointments set up. I suppose twice a year is close.
GoldLegacy
on 09/03/15
Actually, I get my teeth cleaned 4 times a year because of periodontal issues.
tami9191
on 09/03/15
Every week for braces checkup
No1anIsland
on 09/03/15
For me this is interesting timing, I'm currently trying to get the money to see a dentist.
calumhood5sos
on 09/03/15
CinnamonSinger liked this  
when u the youngest in the chat room and your parents force u to the dentist ...
mahakmrt
on 09/03/15
I have good teeth
sameer9ct
on 09/03/15
no
s99mac
on 09/03/15
My family is fortunate that our insurance covers dental checkups 2-3 times per year. We would probably not go as often if we had to pay out of pocket.
monikap
on 09/03/15
Unfortunatly not everyone has healthy teeth. Mine have always been soft and prone for me to open my wallet farther then I wanted.
Im paying of dental work from about a year ago that was over 5K out of my own pocket AFTEr insurance.
Dental insurance realy sucks no matter how you look at it as it doesnt cover much.
over the years I think I put my dentists kids through college!
I have it al, bridges, crowns, root canals caps.....its minefield in my mouth LOL
sassydeane
on 09/03/15
ikarelm and 3 others liked this  
To all the people who say they don't go because it's too expensive - neglect is so much more costly! Not to mention painful and inconvenient. My mother-in-law is paying the price now - she could've put a down payment on a McMansion with all the money that had to go into her mouth.
starrstultz
on 09/03/15
justlila and 5 others liked this  
This is a good and all but it still doesn't put money in peoples hands to be able to do it unfortunately. There's a reason that people are currently dying in this country from lack of healthcare (dentistry goes under that) and it's not because most people refuse to get the care they need. It's mostly because people have to choose their families/children/other people that depend on them or going bankrupt in the means of maybe getting some help.
CStove
on 09/03/15
I neglected due to no insurance for 7 years and im paying 10 fold now....
faithnomoread
on 09/03/15
When you have little to no money (like most people I've ever known while living in 10 cities across 3 states in 38 years(most of which have jobs)) then it's never an option. I haven't been to a dentist except for emergeny pulls sicne I was 14 and I am nearing 40...
lagong
on 09/03/15
starrstultz liked this  
When I was going to school, I went to the community health center. They had dentists, but the wait was long. They charge you according to your ability to pay. Even though I was working, if you can show them your bills, like rent, utilities,... They will take that into consideration. Extractions as low as $10.00. Root canals and crowns was $50.00. Thank God for these health centers.
a4graves
on 09/03/15
I go every six months for routine cleaning and checkup. Have only had 3 cavaties in my life and got all 3 of them when I was pregnant with my son 31 years ago.
Interplanetme22
on 09/03/15
My Father in-law only goes when it hurts. But now his teeth are falling out.
vampyressjessika
on 09/03/15
I go once a year unless there's something wrong with my teeth. I'm low income. However my wonderful sister pays for my cleaning. I had a tooth pulled a couple of years ago and boy I was in pain but glad it's over with.
brokinht2
on 09/03/15
i have too
CStove
on 09/03/15
Just went today
moontan
on 09/03/15
I would like to go to the dentist, but I can't afford the money for the surgery I need.
auggiec
on 09/03/15
I'm a rabid anti-dentite!

Naw, just kidding. :D :D :D
kishala6
on 09/03/15
need insurance
sharistach
on 09/03/15
ponystarmom2four and 2 others liked this  
I go to a dental school. It is much cheaper and everything is verified by a dentist. It is a timely process, but I know they are not motivated by $$$$$$
CheshireCat726
on 09/03/15
ikarelm liked this  
Smart idea.
caroliniowa
on 09/03/15
as one of the students told me after they recommended $4K worth of surgery, "get another opinion-we need to do this surgery in order to graduate and so far we all need to do this in order to graduate, so it is common to "order" the less common surgeries" So glad I did as the new dentist was not only way cheaper/faster-I did NOT need the surgery. It also should not take 6 1/2 hrs to do 1 filling-only to have to go back to have it redone. My experience has been less than favorable and I would definitely NOT recommend dental schools-they are not cheaper and while they may not be motivated by money-they are motivated to get experience in order to graduate whether a patient need it or not. I did ask the new dentist what she would have charged for the same surgery and it was $2400-almost 1/2!
jaymelo
on 09/03/15
DebraLB and 1 others liked this  
Lucky if you have a Dental School close by.
pleaseGFY
on 09/03/15
$490.00 for a tiny cap 1/4 size of the nail on my little finger. f...ing rip off
AnnBlair
on 09/03/15
We go w/out insurance.........uggg!
SempDes
on 09/03/15
mysecrett liked this  
Where do you guys live where it's expensive to visit a dentist? There's dental plans that lower the cost that I use every now and then, but it usually doesn't cost that much for a checkup and a cleaning, low hundreds. I don't even think my last one even broke 100.
atagahi
on 09/03/15
starrstultz and 4 others liked this  
"expensive" means different things to different people. To me using "low hundreds" means some bills will not get paid or needed food will not get bought.
SalzAk
on 09/03/15
starrstultz and 1 others liked this  
I live in Alaska. It is incredibly expensive. People fly to the lower 48 to get treatments because it is so much cheaper. When you are landlocked services are more expensive.
mburke92
on 09/03/15
brehamilton15 and 5 others liked this  
You realize that not everyone has a lot of money, right?
spookyhurst
on 09/03/15
It only costs about $50 to get my teeth cleaned.
nightkarma
on 09/03/15
starrstultz and 6 others liked this  
"i can afford a dentist, so everyone can"
yocarlton
on 09/03/15
starrstultz and 6 others liked this  
Low hundreds? Don't you know there are poor people in the world?
RMorris
on 09/03/15
I voted 2 times a year, but I actually go more than that - I go 3 times a year and used to go 4 times a year.....
athith1996
on 09/03/15
AgentGalavant liked this  
dont wanna go
booshy
on 09/03/15
EP4ever liked this  
I dont have insurance.
bobo2500
on 09/03/15
nameagain liked this  
Going later today actually. But this is my first routine visit in over a decade lol. Trying to get back on track.
UseableID
on 09/03/15
Removed all my teeth and got dentures. So much easier to take care of and very cost effective too. I haven't had to buy a tooth brush or toothpaste in years. I took that money and bought a person sized house for my dog to have as his own and to enjoy.
dabmorales
on 09/03/15
hahahaha Like Snoopy?
shivadking
on 09/03/15
i visit very rarely
Vickey1
on 09/03/15
EP4ever liked this  
well i go in 2 times a year an i either need fillings , or fillings replaced or a crown or a rootcannal how else do you think thses people called dentist live? by us .i go in this next tues. an bet one of these will be done
yogeshwarsahani9
on 09/03/15
when I experience some problems related to my teeth than only I visit dentist.
Uucyc4ever
on 09/03/15
Where's the option more than 2 times per year? I guess I might be a rarity.
Uucyc4ever
on 09/03/15
Lisa9163 liked this  
Btw, I also "visit" the dentist when taking my kids to the dentist. Does visiting a dentists home count too?
SalzAk
on 09/03/15
When I had no insurance I would save for cleanings and do them once a year. I tried (still try) to take really good care of my teeth to prevent a need for work. However, if I did have cavities my dentist was good about understanding my financial situation and would tell me if work was needed immediately or could wait 6months to a year so I would have time to save for it.
I had to give up a lot of extras like eating out, only bought basics for food, never purchased new clothing or shoes, etc. when I didn't have insurance, but I was able to pay for my dental and medical.
Kathryn713
on 09/03/15
SalzAk liked this  
My dentist has me on a 9 month recall schedule. Even then the hygienist always tells me how little plaque there is and how easy my teeth are for her to clean. If he tells me to come every 6 months, than I'll do that. No, I don't like going to the dentist. But as one who lost 3 permanent teeth before I was 22 due to lack of dental care (no money & a single parent with really strong teeth who didn't realize how bad mine were), I know what NOT going regularly would mean for me.
lambchop34
on 09/03/15
EP4ever liked this  
Well if all you need is a cleaning easy to afford. If you need any work unaffordable!
grimmdolly
on 09/03/15
If you don't see a dentist and you smoke... QUIT!

Smoking can cause your gums to recede. My husband was a pack a day smoker when we got married and he had to see the dentist 4 times a year because of receding gums. He has since quit smoking and only has to see the dentist twice a year. His gums aren't as bad any more. That and flossing and oil pulling has helped perk the gums up.
herding123
on 09/03/15
Where is the option for a few times? I see that if I go more for strong cleanings etc I can prevent issues even better & if anything then catch it way earlier! Plus my dentist is pilot photographer so the photos and stories and awards are so entertaining.
SuperGrouper
on 09/03/15
FairyTaleRuins and 1 others liked this  
Dentists are one of the most terrifying things in the universe. I go sometimes, but I sure don't like to..! :(
Sajeewa
on 09/03/15
I did my tooth clean last month
Punkroku
on 09/03/15
TheIdeaQueen and 2 others liked this  
The dentist ruined my teeth by drilling holes so they can put time bombs in my mouth. Now i have throat cancer from the mercury fillings. I think this is a class action but the lawyers ignore me.

Also pulled my tooth once and i wanted to keep it but they didnt let me so i never went back to the dentist they are more stingy than the tooth fairy.
ArielGibson
on 09/03/15
Mercury fillings are bad, I had mercury fillings awhile, yes I was sick then forever it seemed then too. Never thought about that. It was also on the news about a woman going through things because of mercury. Oh them new long lasting light bulbs that are cheaper? What is cheaper? Because they're supposed to be taken to the store so they can recycle them properly. If you break them you have to call someone. You know people are throwing them in the trash like reg light bulbs. A matter of time and we'll be in trouble.
Punkroku
on 09/03/15
UseableID and 1 others liked this  
I want to invent a way to electroplate my teeth with calcium make stalactites stalagmites that can be ground to shape.
murkywaters786
on 09/03/15
herding123 and 1 others liked this  
You won't be able to shape them. You'll look like a shark!
SuperGrouper
on 09/03/15
bohemianbeatnik and 3 others liked this  
If I had teeth like that, I'd hum the theme from Jaws and smile broadly when introducing myself. ;)
SuperGrouper
on 09/03/15
herding123 liked this  
That would actually be kind of cool.
Riverlin
on 09/03/15
I heard the dentist tell the nurse practitioner about how another office fired the new guy because his work was so bad. Apparently it isn't uncommon for people to "intern" at places like charities as in the Peace Corps and - get this - animal hospitals. They practice on a Yorkie and a Black Lab until they know do yours, of course
SuperGrouper
on 09/03/15
I'd rather then practice on Yorkies than on us, though!
CaliaB
on 09/03/15
I hadn't been to the dentist in 8 years. Now I practically live in that office. :(
grimmdolly
on 09/03/15
I just went for my first appointment in over 15 years. Perfect teeth! No cavities or plaque buildup. The dentist was surprised I haven't had a checkup or cleaning in over 15 years.
rebeccajustice81
on 09/03/15
I am 17 years old and have never been taken to the dentist just saying...I have participated in dental medical studies though and they told me i do not have any evidence of cavities :) so I'm good
jesajam
on 09/03/15
Rusty99 and 2 others liked this  
Cavities are not the only thing you need to be concerned about. I am 37 and have never had a cavity, but I still get a professional cleaning and check up twice a year.
Tattooz
on 09/03/15
FairyTaleRuins and 2 others liked this  
You have to worry about much more than just cavities. I was a religious brusher, but always hated flossing and did not do it every day. I have only had 2 cavities in my entire 37 years. BUT, because I was not good with flossing, I now have periodontal disease. My gums and jaw bone are receding and I actually have loose teeth right now. I have to have cleanings every 3 months now to try to hang onto my teeth as long as I can, but he says that my perfectly healthy, cavity free teeth WILL start to fall out within the next 5 years or so. Oh how I wish I could go back and be a better flosser. :/
thebookmaven
on 09/03/15
momof79 liked this  
Do not rely on your 'good teeth'. They won't stay that way as times goes by. I've seen it too many times.
ImperialR23
on 09/03/15
.....So you are saying that having good teeth is conditional to going to the dentist?
sassydeane
on 09/03/15
If you have ANY teeth you should go to the dentist! Or gums, jawbone, etc...
tweetycjr
on 09/03/15
We can't afford the insurance, let alone the fees for the stuff that the insurance company doesn't pay for.

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