Sunday, May 15, 2022

Is it Sunday Selections day? Bad luck.

I had my teeth cleaned last week. I haven't had them cleaned for years and until my recent tooth removal, I had not visited a dentist for years. Aside from the removal of one tooth, I haven't had any dental problems. The removed tooth was marginal anyway as I was told at my last dental visit however many years ago.

Most dentists urge to visit every six months. One urges a friend to visit every three months. I think every two years is reasonable.

I am happy with my new Footscray dentists. Kind, empathetic, non critical, inexpensive and of course they seem competent.

But teeth cleaning is not pleasant with all that water trying to drown you. At some point the water suction tube hit my throat and I nearly gagged.

Me gagging when something touches the beginning of my throat?

Lol, I feel so old.

29 comments:

  1. After years not seeing a dentist when I couldn't afford it (and fear was there too) I see mine at least once a year. And the teeth cleaning thing is something I dread...
    Smiling at your last sentences and glad that it wasn't illustrated for Sunday Selections.

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    1. EC, once a year is surely the minimum needed, not three months. Yes, a combination of SS and my dental visit might not be to everyone's liking.

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  2. I've always been a gagger so I hate the dentist too and avoid it at all costs.

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    1. Jackie, Andrew and gaggers of the world! My dentist is a darling, but I still always gagged when he touched the inside of the teeth or palette (but not the outer surface). After 25 years of me driving him nuts, he rubbed a tiny amount of salt on my teeth and voila, problem solved.

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    2. Jackie, you need to practice not gagging.

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    3. Hels, rub salt onto teeth before cleaning and it is not such a bad experience?

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  3. I haven't been to a dentist in more years than I remember. Certainly not since the beginning of Covid. I know I need work done and need a lower denture made so I have some chewing teeth, but I have no pain and am managing well enough for now, so I'm putting it off.

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    1. River, dental is just so optional and of course it is absurd that it is not part of our Medicare system.

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    2. That would help a LOT, it's the cost that keeps me away, I have no fear.

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  4. I find it strange when dentist with their tools in your mouth want have conversation.
    End of the month I'm having my teeth clean.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I know. I was asked questions while they worked away.

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  5. Once every 5 or 10 years suits me. I believe it's the nature of the gag producer that makes the difference. Hard and metallic vs not.

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    1. Caro, five years is stretching it, but understandable. Ah, hard and metallic. That was the problem. You are so naughty.

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  6. You must have good dental habits if you have been able to stay away from the dentist so long.

    After bad habits and neglect in my 30s (and also a dentist who I feel could have done more when I occasionally went to him but who assessed my need for treatment according to my then evidently limited means), going to the dentist has become a bit of an ongoing and expensive hobby for me.

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    1. MC, I do try with my personal dental care. I think you will be thankful when you are older because of your current care.

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  7. You made me laugh with your last line...lol
    It's a good thing when you find a decent dentist who is nice and doesn't charge the earth.

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    1. Made you laugh Margaret? My job is done. Yes, I am happy with the dental clinic.

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  8. Dentists always tell you to floss. I tried it once and it took me like 45 minutes. I found it very mundane and so may have lollygagged a bit.

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    1. Kirk, I had to look up lollygagging. The definition isn't what immediately came to my mind. I don't know if they are generally known as plaquers or not, but they are more used instead of toothpicks, with a short piece of floss. The dentist I saw was quite happy with my use of them.

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  9. Every six months or so, my dentist is talented, a miserable tyrant to his staff. I have had one root canal and three crowns, I would like to keep it at this.

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    1. TP, does the cost all come out of your pocket? Root canals and crowns are not cheap here.

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  10. Healthy Teeth, Happy Life - Stay Strong My Friend And Gag On

    Big Hugs
    Cheers

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    1. Padre, healthy teeth are important to normal health.

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  11. I have to say that I don't miss the dentist at all, but that means too that I have my 3rd teeth. My real teeth were wonderful, but I had this nasty disease called paratentosis, an inflammation of the gums that you can't do anything about. The teeth just fall out.
    Fortunately it happened after 60 but I know people who get it alreay in their 30th ! My dentist was an artist and did exactly the same teeth I had before.

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    1. Gattina, teeth falling out sounds better than having to have them pulled out. I am pleased it all went well for you.

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  12. I used to go every six months but since Covid I've only been once.

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    1. Steve, the dentist is probably the most intimate thing I've done with strangers since Covid.

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  13. All that water is very hard to keep out of one's throat, when they are rinsing and often their suction tube isn't placed correctly. I haven't seen a dentist in three years now. The one who made the partial died suddenly and he was only late 30's.

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    1. Strayer, I myself wondered about the skill of the person with the suction tube and I really don't know. Wow, that is a young age to die. Poor bloke.

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