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1 in 3 US adults havenít visited the dentist within past year
Fox News ^ | April 29, 2014

Posted on 04/30/2014 1:29:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai

A new Gallup poll has revealed that 1 in 3 adults in the United States have not visited the dentist within the past year—a trend that has stayed mostly the same since 2008.

The survey is based on information gathered from interviews with more than 530,000 Americans aged 18 and older. Women were much more likely to have visited the dentist annually than men; among ethnic groups, 55 percent of blacks and Hispanics recalled visiting the dentist in the past year, compared to 70 percent of whites and Asians.

The biggest predictor of visiting the dentist was income. Individuals who made more than $120,000 a year were twice as likely to have visited the dentist than those who earn less than $12,000 a year. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dentist
The more expensive visits get, the fewer people go.
1 posted on 04/30/2014 1:29:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Who can afford to? Even as a veteran I don’t receive dental care.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 1:32:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m trying to figure out how dentists stay in business what with so many at large not able to afford their services.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 1:33:48 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t go anymore, but I do try to take good care of my tooth.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 1:46:03 AM PDT by Octar
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To: Olog-hai

I have not seen my dentist in a little over one year. Received a letter from his office asking where to send my records! In all of my life I have never received such a letter. Very strange. I am also getting repeated demands from healthcare providers that I go in for various tests. Screw them all. This is the new world where they demand and you jump through the hoops. Sorry, I am the one in charge of my health and my needs.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 1:46:06 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Olog-hai
"I’m trying to figure out how dentists stay in business what with so many at large not able to afford their services."

Precious metal reclamation.
6 posted on 04/30/2014 2:07:06 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Olog-hai

A few weeks ago I got my teeth cleaned and my hygenist says her repeat customers are down 50%.
Instead of going twice a year folks are going every year or two she says.
Hey obammy, great economy, ya worthless piece of garbage.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 2:39:53 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

I hope we are using better toothpaste to control tartar build up. But it is a bad idea to wait for a tooth ache.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 2:55:16 AM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Olog-hai

Way too expensive. If you have the insurance, the deductibles are very, very high.


9 posted on 04/30/2014 3:09:38 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Octar

LOL early in the morning!


10 posted on 04/30/2014 3:16:45 AM PDT by blaveda
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To: miss marmelstein
I pay through the nose every month for dental insurance.
And after every visit to the dentist, I get a big bill -- seems like the service I just received either isn't covered, or else I haven't yet met my deductible.

It's great. /s

11 posted on 04/30/2014 3:25:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Olog-hai

I asked my dentist a couple of years ago if ObamaCare would impact them (as they are doctors); he had no idea. There are certainly a lot less people in the dentist’s office when I go...


12 posted on 04/30/2014 4:01:28 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Joe Boucher

“Hey obammy, great economy, ya worthless piece of garbage.”

Just part of watching our standard of living fall to meet the rising standard of Asia’s swelling middle class (the ones who do the jobs we used to do)...


13 posted on 04/30/2014 4:02:57 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t go. After years of diligent dental care, including religiously frequent office visits and at home dental hygiene, it seems my gums are going bad anyway. Why bother if I’ll probably lose my teeth eventually anyway?


14 posted on 04/30/2014 4:03:07 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Olog-hai

Went to a new dentist and couldn’t believe it when a few months later I started to get notices for my six-month cleaning and checkup that their system automatically schedules.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 4:15:53 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Olog-hai

I went to an initial visit. X-rays, cancer screening, looking at each tooth and giving me some number 1-2-3-2-1-2 etc (have no idea what that was about) and the bill was 569 dollars. I will only have to pay 57 dollars, but still. How ridiculous. I will have the cleaning done on May 20th....only knows how much that will cost.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 4:30:16 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
1-2-3-2-1-2 etc

Those are good numbers. The lower the better. What you don't want to hear is 5-6-7-8..

17 posted on 04/30/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: EVO X

“1-2-3-2-1-2 etc”

Something to do with bone loss. Which never made sense to me as you would think once you have lost bone there is no going back. But with increased care (flossing 2 x a day helps) those numbers do get better.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 4:45:16 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: EVO X

Thankfully I did not hear those numbers.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 4:45:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: DAC21
But with increased care (flossing 2 x a day helps) those numbers do get better.

To a point. I have some bone loss around a back molar. At one point it was at a 7. I have been able to keep it around 5 for quite some time. Takes a bit of work. Besides flossing, I use soft picks and go betweens..

20 posted on 04/30/2014 4:57:22 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: Olog-hai

I have insurance but haven’t been to the dentist for several years because they have become like car salesmen and I am tired of the constant sales pitches. My teeth are in pretty good shape and don’t require any major work, but they keep pressing me to spend $10k to “update” my mouth with more modern fillings even though the old ones haven’t given me any trouble for 30+ years.

I had to cancel a cleaning with my last dentist, and his office would not stop calling me to reschedule. After they called me on my cell phone in the middle of a funeral, I told them to remove me from the patient list.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 5:11:30 AM PDT by subaru
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To: Olog-hai

I have not been to the dentist in three years. I avoid sugar and I have a sonicare and really don’t need anything other than a cleaning anyway. I do have a couple of caps that have come unglued so I should have that fixed so I don’t have to worry when I chew gum...


22 posted on 04/30/2014 5:17:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: antceecee

We went totally health insurance free beginning this year. Even if I break a limb it would cost me less than a single month’s premium. It’s simply not worth it.


23 posted on 04/30/2014 5:18:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Octar

I don’t go anymore, but I do try to take good care of my tooth.


Good one!


24 posted on 04/30/2014 5:18:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 9YearLurker

Just give them a false name and pay in cash.


25 posted on 04/30/2014 5:20:27 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: EVO X

Those are good numbers. The lower the better. What you don’t want to hear is 5-6-7-8..


A few years back I was getting 4’s to 6’s. I was on a three month regimen with the dentist. Then I went on this diet that removed pretty much all sugar. I went to my next visit - this one was six months becuase of some issues (wife filed for divorce in the interim) and they were down to 1’s and 2’s. The dentist was perplexed. I finally mentioned the diet and he said that was it.

I’ve been wary of sugar ever since.

Fact is, if one avoids sugar in their diet, they may never need a dentist. Key word, “may”.


26 posted on 04/30/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: antceecee
Sorry, I am the one in charge of my health and my needs.

Amen. Health-care professionals carry a huge burden of responsibility for allowing the present, unacceptable mess. Their neglect of civic loyalty, to their customers, to their peers, to the nation; allowing the government to transform each of them into slaves of a fascist leviathan, is perhaps the best example of why folks who 'can't be bothered by politics' can be certain 'politics' will bother with them.

Now that they have an army of bureaucrat form-fillers and regulators breathing down their necks, they want to transfer that 'heat' onto you and me.

I still say it's 'spinach,' and I still say 'to hell with it.'

27 posted on 04/30/2014 5:43:55 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: cuban leaf
If you have a healthy set of teeth, you can probably get away with one check up a year. A checkup and teeth cleaning is $120 or so. I wish I were in that category.
28 posted on 04/30/2014 6:06:39 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: Joe Boucher

Brush with hydrogen peroxide and odds are that you can stay away for a much longer time span.


29 posted on 04/30/2014 7:56:52 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Ozone is even more effective. You can re-mineralize a tooth with it and basically eliminate gum disease. 1991 was my last visit to a dentist and that was only because his root canal cracked.


30 posted on 04/30/2014 10:12:59 AM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Olog-hai

My dental insurance covers cleanings and X-rays, but if anything at all needs to be fixed, I have to pay all or part of it, and man, it’s expensive! I can see why lots of people don’t go to the dentist. And then of course, it’s going to be worse when they get a problem.


31 posted on 04/30/2014 12:34:22 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: Olog-hai
Individuals who made more than $120,000 a year were twice as likely to have visited the dentist than those who earn less than $12,000 a year

What a dumb statistic. People making over $120K are doing lots of things people making less than $12K aren't doing.

32 posted on 04/30/2014 12:38:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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Good catch!

That $12,000.00 figure must be a mistake,but a very humorous one.

.


33 posted on 04/30/2014 12:47:27 PM PDT by Mears
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To: miss marmelstein
FWIW, I suspect I don't pay much more for my dental needs than those who pay dental insurance plus deductibles. There are two factors: first there's a discount because I pay by check the day of the visit (all I had to do is ask) and second, since I'm paying I'd opt to yank a tooth rather than get root canals or crowns.

The problem I had was finding a good dentist. Mygosh, one wanted me to open a bank line of credit before he'd begin work, even though I was paying. Another refused to pull a tooth rather than do thousands of dollars of repair on it. etc

34 posted on 04/30/2014 12:57:18 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

I had to have a tooth pulled because I couldn’t afford the crown. The dentist insisted I needed to be “put to sleep” for this little procedure which would cost over $1,000. Luckily, my mother’s doctor intervened and he pulled it in 30 seconds to the tune of $200.


35 posted on 04/30/2014 1:59:22 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Our dentist.... “oh you guys have great insurance that covers $3K each per year let’s see what we can do with that!” Well when you look at that “insurance” and what you have to pay per patient to get to that $3K allowance... no way can you afford it. Costs us equal or more to that to access the benefit. If you need $1000 in work you need to be prepared to pay almost 60 percent of that to get the 40 percent insurance benefit. So if you have some crowns etc... you need to have done.. you better be able to pony up $600 each for those as your share of cost. Not sure the insurance really is worth it.


36 posted on 05/01/2014 1:22:45 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: cuban leaf

I see your point, but we are getting older and have not needed services most of our lives, but now may need them and insurance protects us. I wish I had all the premiums we have paid for for insurance we have not used.


37 posted on 05/01/2014 1:58:07 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: cuban leaf

I see your point, but we are getting older and have not needed services most of our lives, but now may need them and insurance protects us. I wish I had all the premiums we have paid for for insurance we have not used.


38 posted on 05/01/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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