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Old 04-05-2020, 01:07 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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I know I am - I was a bit lax, since the dentist was only a phone call/10 miles away. However, now they are not seeing patients except for dire emergencies. Even then I don't know if they would treat you or just prescribe drugs. My 6 month cleaning was due in May. Who knows when we will be back to normal.
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:49 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I know I am - I was a bit lax, since the dentist was only a phone call/10 miles away. However, now they are not seeing patients except for dire emergencies. Even then I don't know if they would treat you or just prescribe drugs. My 6 month cleaning was due in May. Who knows when we will be back to normal.
I couldn't possibly do a better job of brushing, flossing, and using a metal dental pick than I've been doing for years. My teeth are important to me, and at the age of 66 I still have all 32.

But good for you that you're making more of an effort now with your teeth.

Stay safe.
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:55 PM
 
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Brushing and flossing is part of daily self-care, so, same as always.
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Old 04-07-2020, 05:13 PM
 
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I only floss the teeth I want to keep.
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Old 04-09-2020, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yes, I do not want to go in now....my 6 month appointment isn't for awhile so I'd like to keep everything healthy....
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Old 04-09-2020, 11:54 PM
 
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I am, OP! I’ve always brushed and flossed regularly, but have had a couple dental emergencies over the past decade, and my teeth aren’t getting any younger. So when dentists started shutting down except for emergencies, I started brushing even after a little snack, using my teeth guards every night instead of “most nights,” searched out an unopened bottle of mouthwash from the medicine closet, and best of all, unearthed the water pic someone gave me for Christmas two years ago, took it out of its wrappings, and set about learning to use it. I know, I should have done all these things without this new fear, but guess some of us need a jolt. And I’m pretty sure these new good habits will continue even when the virus does not.
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Old 04-12-2020, 01:45 PM
 
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And I’m pretty sure these new good habits will continue even when the virus does not.
I love cheap prevention! I'm diligent with brushing (Sonicare), flossing, WaterPik and a bite guard. Because I have 5 implants I typically get cleanings 4X/year. I was supposed to go this past week but of course it was cancelled.

So, yes, I'm being careful. I do end up with the occasional emergency- my teeth have some pretty old filings, crowns and one bridge so I have them once in awhile. I trust my dentist to come through if needed but don't want to push my luck.
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:11 PM
 
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I couldn't possibly do a better job of brushing, flossing, and using a metal dental pick than I've been doing for years. My teeth are important to me, and at the age of 66 I still have all 32.

But good for you that you're making more of an effort now with your teeth.

Stay safe.
Do you use your metal dental pick to scrape in between teeth as dental hygienists do during teeth cleanings?
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:24 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Do you use your metal dental pick to scrape in between teeth as dental hygienists do during teeth cleanings?
Yes. I do it daily because if I don't the plaque begins to build up even though I brush and floss. When I go in for my twice yearly cleaning the hygienist has very little to do.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I started "cleaning up" my dental health a good 10 yrs ago, made a lot of changes and I've reported them in this forum and have NOT been in a dental chair for probably about 10 yrs....

If I had only woke up earlier in my life I would have saved a lot of teeth and money.
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