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Old 05-14-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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Host resistance to the oral bacteria. I once went 5 years between cleanings when my dentist retired in AK. I did good home care and was no worse for it. I was diabetic at the time but my diet and health was good otherwise. I have had bad luck with dentists as they retire or die (once) within a few years of finding them. With no dental insurance, I'm never in a big hurry to go to the dentist.
With no grocery insurance, I'm never in a hurry to eat.

It's better to make our life choices based on what is best for us, not what we can get someone else to pay for.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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Yes but it comes down to priorities. A $1600 crown might have to be put off unless it's urgent. I clean once a year rather than every 6 months but I have good reports because I do the work at home. There are reasons for rules and procedures and understanding them allows one the freedom to make smart choices. BTW, I have beautiful healthy teeth and gums and I'm 57. I think I know what I'm doing. No need to scold.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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Not scolding. I'm simply challenging the very common mindset that we cannot pay for our own dentistry just like we pay for all the other aspects of our lives. I see women every day who have not had a dental cleaning in years, but they pay the same amount to get their hair done every month. So you're right that this is about priorities, but I can't stand hearing people complain when they chose their own priorities.

"I don't have dental insurance" is NOT an excuse.

"I cannot afford a crown" IS an excuse.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:05 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I DO have dental insurance, and it doesn't cover implants. I couldn't afford implants. So I tapped into our home equity line of credit, and got the implants.

My husband has dental insurance, which only covered a small portion of a full-mouth extraction, bone grafting, and temporary denture. It covered -zero- of the implant dentures. So we tapped into our home equity line of credit. Now, $38,000 later, my husband can FINALLY crunch on cashews again - something he hasn't been able to do in around 10 years, because his teeth were in such bad shape it hurt to chew on anything crunchy at all. He can chew and grind and crunch. You have no idea how that affects someone's quality of life, until you are incapable of doing it yourself.

He hadn't smiled in years because he knew how horrible his teeth looked. Now he smiles all the time. And that makes ME feel better. Yep we're in debt up to our eyeballs. But it's nothing we can't pay off, and it's worth every penny.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:14 AM
 
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I DO have dental insurance, and it doesn't cover implants. I couldn't afford implants. So I tapped into our home equity line of credit, and got the implants.

My husband has dental insurance, which only covered a small portion of a full-mouth extraction, bone grafting, and temporary denture. It covered -zero- of the implant dentures. So we tapped into our home equity line of credit. Now, $38,000 later, my husband can FINALLY crunch on cashews again - something he hasn't been able to do in around 10 years, because his teeth were in such bad shape it hurt to chew on anything crunchy at all. He can chew and grind and crunch. You have no idea how that affects someone's quality of life, until you are incapable of doing it yourself.

He hadn't smiled in years because he knew how horrible his teeth looked. Now he smiles all the time. And that makes ME feel better. Yep we're in debt up to our eyeballs. But it's nothing we can't pay off, and it's worth every penny.

As soon as we get through this real estate offer/acceptance process Mr. CSD is getting implants and after he gets them I am getting implants.

It will take about 4 months to save for his and another 4 to save for mine then we can get the procedure done and everything paid in full on the same day.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:09 AM
 
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Same as me and the ex-husband. I clean my teeth like crazy, floss, electric toothbrush, had 8 extractions due to overcrowding with braces as a teen, and have fillings on most of my teeth. But my teeth are quite large and my mouth is small, so the gaps between them are miniscule. The ex didn't even brush his teeth hardly ever, once or twice a week, and I'm being completely serious. (Yeah EEEWWW!) Needless to say, he didn't floss, mouthwash, or any of that. I bugged him to go to the dentist. He hadn't been in three years. The dentist told him his teeth were in great condition. He didn't even need any fillings. A lot of dental problems are due to genetics.
Kinda makes one wonder if that toothpaste is designed to deteriorate teeth and thereby making more money for the dental profession..
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:45 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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You would be amazed at how many people don't brush their teeth or are using the wrong end of the tooth brush. Always makes me wonder if they wipe their butts after pooping.
OK, I can't guess. How does one use the wrong end of the toothbrush?
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