Friday, October 14, 2011

Low Income Dentistry: My 2nd Appt.

I went for my second appointment at the university that offers discounted dental care. I ended up paying $27.00 for my xrays from the last appointment. My cleaning (which will include some deep cleaning) for the entire mouth will cost $81.00.

My student dental hygenist gave me another exam for cancer of the mouth and updated my history. She evaluated my gums which would make the decision on what type of cleaning I would need. She was very gentle. Her professor came and rechecked the 'numbers' she had assigned each tooth. I had told her that I thought her numbers were too low on the back teeth so she passed the information onto her professor. She rechecked them and confirmed I was right.

She started cleaning one section of my teeth but was not able to finish. She said she should be able to finish cleaning the rest of my mouth at the next appointment.

Overall, it was a good appointment. I'm saving a lot of money. I was quoted $175 per quadrant compared to $81 for my entire mouth.

6 comments:

  1. Glad you are taking care of this now.

    I wish I had paid attention to flossing all my 67 years. I have been treaded for medium peridontal disease this year and my guns are much better. Our medicare insurance paid all the cleaning and treatment, but I have had to pay (charge) over $4000 for a needed bridge. Without the bridge I would be on the slippery slope to false teeth.

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  2. It's so good to hear you've had a good experience and cheaper prices .....I know you'll be happy when you're finished, at least for awhile.
    Happy weekend!

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  3. RYC-I think eating for health is the way to go. It is a positive rather than a negative. Just take it one day at a time and focusing on getting all the different colors is helpful too. Be careful of the juicing as you can still get too many carbs with the low carb vegs. when you juice. Try counting your carbs to make sure. Linda

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  4. Low cost dental clinics are absolutely awesome! I wish they were available everyplace, and they do differ too. My kids out in Spokane have benefitted from a good one near them. :) Another thing to look for is beauty schools for inexpensive hair styling/coloring/cutting etc. I don't do much fancy to my own hair-so just go to the quick places, but I remember once having hair done at a beauty school when I was a kid. Of course for that--the best thing by far is a friend or family member who knows how to do it. Also you can sometimes 'swap or barter' for that--even on Craigs list. I've seen folks barter for massage therapy and acupuncture and art work, etc.. Georgene--your blog is always inspiring! Perhaps the Lord has allowed your tight situation to enable you help others prepare for what is certain to be hard times for many many more people.

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  5. A dentist can help you prevent tooth decay, which can lead to tooth loss. Although many people are reluctant to visit a dental care provider, it is vital to go to make sure that you do not have gum disease. The dental care provider may suggest that you have a deep cleaning and continue good hygiene practices at home. Sometimes the dental care provider may suggest that you use a specially formulated product to improve the condition of your gums. A large number of American people will eventually suffer from gum disease and some will lose their teeth due to improper dental care. It is recommended that you go to the dentist at least twice a year to get your teeth cleaned. You also need to be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and use floss to clean areas between your teeth.

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  6. There are many low income and free dental care clinics for the needy. I believe this is one of the most important things for those in need. It is good to see someone getting the affordable dental care they need.

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