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A couple of years ago I had a deep cleaning. Afterward, the hygienist told me that I had to come back every 3 months so she could keep an eye out for infection. Sounds reasonable, for how long I asked. The rest of my life. WHAT? My insurance covers 2 visits per year. I asked what would happen if I went back to every 6 months. She said I run the risk of having to have the deep cleaning done again. Well it took 50 years to get to the point to where I needed one in the first place and I seriously doubt I have 50 years left in me. Has anyone else who had a deep cleaning done been told this?
 

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A couple of years ago I had a deep cleaning. Afterward, the hygienist told me that I had to come back every 3 months so she could keep an eye out for infection. Sounds reasonable, for how long I asked. The rest of my life. WHAT? My insurance covers 2 visits per year. I asked what would happen if I went back to every 6 months. She said I run the risk of having to have the deep cleaning done again. Well it took 50 years to get to the point to where I needed one in the first place and I seriously doubt I have 50 years left in me. Has anyone else who had a deep cleaning done been told this?
I had a coworker that had to have surgery on his gums as they grew over his teeth ??? He had to go every 3 months to get a good cleaning or he too would get an infections. For years he had his wife's insurance and also our work insurance until I showed him how much money he was wasting by paying for our insurance for just 2 teeth cleanings.

But yes, he had to get it done every 3 months or he would get infections. He had diabetes too so he would be in serious shape if he got an infection and/or sores in his mouth.
 

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If your insurance does not cover all you might check out this https://www.dentacard.com .I was skeptical but it really does offer huge discounts.The savings they show on there site are real.Been real nice to have discovered it before I spent $7500 on a bridge (No pun intended).They told me I would have a nice smile but I frown thinking about how much it cost.
 

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If your insurance does not cover all you might check out this https://www.dentacard.com .I was skeptical but it really does offer huge discounts.The savings they show on there site are real.Been real nice to have discovered it before I spent $7500 on a bridge (No pun intended).They told me I would have a nice smile but I frown thinking about how much it cost.
It's not so much paying for it. The cost is minimal. It's having to go 4 times a year. Then, if you do need something, that's more time spent in the chair. It just seems like you're always there. Time is at a premium right now and I just hate breaking away for this stuff. I just wondered if they found a way to line their pockets or if there was something to this. I know, trust issues.
 

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What is a deep cleaning? I use a water pick and the tooth cleaner mostly praises my gums. i go twice a year. good luck, tooth problems suck
When your gums start to pull away from your teeth to the point it's unhealthy, they will do a deep cleaning to get whatever is in there out so that the gums snap back around the teeth where they should be. Basically they are scraping the crud off the teeth below the gum line. I'm not exactly sure why the fear of infection is there years after this is done.
 

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Sounds like an extra 18 holes of golf for the dentist to me.

Last time I went to the dentist she told me to drop my insurance. I spend just shy of $200/year for 2 cleanings and am paying right at $400/year in premiums. Problem is she told me to drop coverage in December and my policy change month is November.

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Last time I had my teeth cleaned the tech told me she would starve to death if everyone's teeth were like mine. Haven't had a cleaning since. Guy's gotta get lucky once in awhile. :D

Sure had my quota of fillings and crowns though. :mad2:
 

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I went for deep cleaning 2 years ago and they have had me coming in every 3 months since. I floss daily, brush twice a day but I'm told by Miss Hottie that the plaque makes a cycle every 3 months. She spends 1/2 hour each time. I go because its all covered ($300 per visit) Might as well keep up the maintenance as long its covered.
 

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My kids go to the dentist and he has already started putting in fillings in my daughters teeth... AYFKM!! In teeth that are ready to fall out to to be replaced by her adult teeth!! And the wife falls for this crap!! Next time i bring them ,he is going to be the one needing dental work!
Then he tells the wife that WE NEED TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH yeah the parents??? WTF! This is gods way to teach them to take care of their teeth!! Dont brush,get a cavity and tooth ache ,tooth pulled ,then you will learn!!! Hurts dont it!!! Take care of your teeth!!! You have only one chance more to get it right !!
Sounds like a pretty good gig, make $300 every 15 minutes just to ?look at a mouth full of teeth..... And to top it off, they pay the least amount of mal practice insurance. . .
If your lucky you can find a good doctor and dentist .... Best of luck with that, I know I have not done so yet.
 
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I neglected my teeth for about 15 years. Spent a bunch of time and money getting them back to shape. I did not think they were that bad but they were. No cavities or anything like that it was all gums and below. I go for cleanings 3 times a year, twice paid for by insurance and one out of pocket. The cash price is way less than insurance price. Is it worth it, every penny to me. I lost one tooth up front and I have to wear a partial everyday. I have 3 others that are extremely loose but the are healthy other than that. I want to keep them as long as I can. I think its a small price to pay to be able to keep what I have.
 

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This will probably freak you guys out, but I had horrible experiences with dentists as a kid, so much so that there is a full blown phobia about them as an adult. Now when a molar gives me trouble I pull it myself. At my age (and attitude?) I just deal with it.
Tie a string around it and then hook the string to a doorknob..

Slam the door and it's out!! :anvil_drop:
 
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