The sad tooth: 6 in 10 adults are too scared to visit the dentist

NEW YORK — Feeling bristled? Imagine how your teeth might feel, especially if you’ve been putting off your annual checkup. If you have, you’re likely far from alone. A new study finds that six in 10 American adults are too scared to visit the dentist.

Researchers at Hello Products, a dental care startup, polled 2,000 adults in the U.S. on their oral hygiene habits, which led to some more-than-toothless findings.

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If you’ve been putting off your annual dental cleaning, you’re likely far from alone. A new study finds that six in 10 American adults are too scared to visit the dentist.

For instance, among the more stunning results, the survey showed that three in 10 millennials only brush their teeth once a day. Millennials also admit they’ve gone two or three days on average without brushing at all.

Yet, a convincing majority (56 percent) expressed fear or anxiety over losing their teeth, despite possessing slovenly dental habits.

“It’s crucial to take the right steps every day to maintain a healthy mouth,” reminds Craig Dubitsky, Hello Products’ founder. “This involves using effective oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits.”

Going to the dentist was admittedly a phobia for most respondents — overall, 62% of adults surveyed said that they were too spooked to even visit a dentist’s office — but particularly among millennials, perhaps helping explain why their much-flaunted smiles appear to be at-risk. Millennials were more likely than those over 55 to create excuses to avoid regular dental checkups (56 percent to 36 percent, respectively).

“Going to the dentist has many advantages aside from ensuring you have pearly whites and bad breath prevention,” says California based dentist, Dr. Lawrence Fung, DDS, founder of Silicon Beach Dental. “Research has shown that there are many linkages to oral health and your overall health.

For what it’s worth, dentists were feared almost seven times as much as neurologists (9%), and more than twice as much as surgeons (26%). Fear of the dental chair was deep-rooted for many; the average respondent began to feel distressed by the age of 15, with many carrying feelings of unease before turning 10.

More stats: Three-tenths of those surveyed said they’d rather put in a full day at work than undergo a dental procedure, and a similar percentage said they would abstain from sex — for a month!

Two in 10 said they’d rather give a speech to a large crowd of people.

As for what tops of the list of dental visit phobias? Rounding out the top three were pain during treatment (74 percent), pain after treatment (47 percent), and the frightening noise of the dental drill (34 percent).

Negative past experiences (29 percent) and anesthesia-related fears (25 percent) were also common items of discomfort.

So how to make dental visits more comfortable? Do your research.

“While going to the dentist can be scary, some of the ways you can help alleviate those feelings is by seeking a dentist who truly places a high emphasis on creating a welcoming environment to make you feel comfortable,” says Fung. “When seeking a dentist, be sure to take a look at their bios and have an office tour to see if the place is welcoming.”

Put more bluntly, not brushing twice a day and skipping your biannual cleanings is sure to make you long in the tooth.


  1. A bigpart of the problem is that dental procedures are overpriced and dental insurance is nearly useless, rarely covering much beyond a few inexpensive preventative measures. Relatively simple, minor surgeries like pulling and replacing a single tooth can cost upward of $5000.

    In my personal experience, dentists also love to ring you through the x-ray repeatedly, charging you a few hundred each time. Dentistry is not competitive.

    1. Currently undergoing treatment $4500.00 for two crowns with posts. Before that $800 each to cut off crowns to see if worth saving before endodontist did retreats after 10 years of no problems. He wasn’t cheap either. The average citizen in this country can not afford this.

      1. Far away ex-wife recently had work done, single implant $3200, single crown, $2500,… $5700 for a single tooth in the Northeast and allegedly from the net the national average is $2500 for that work. If she had $1000 worth of dental insurance the bill would have been $1000 more.
        Stay out of the Northeast. Too bad Mexico is so dangerous, the price for that work is about half the national average and it’s good work as well.

        1. Ha! Better I risk a chance of robbery in Juarez or Tijuana, than the certainty of getting robbed in a Boston or NY dental office.

          1. In Juarez though you don’t just get “robbed” you get your insides turned inside out. But your corpse will have nice teeth unless the robbers pull those out too!

          2. Why is mass immigration and “diversity” demanded in ALL white populations and ONLY white populations?

            Why is no global place or institution ever “too yellow” and “too black”?

            Why is Open Borders a white ‘privilege’?

            Does “diversity” just mean Chasing Down Whitey?

            That’s why we say #White Geno Cide
            That’s why we say #Anti White

        2. Los Algodones MX is not dangerous. We loved it. Stayed a week, absolutely no problems and saved over $20,000. State of the Art dentistry. Sani Platinum Dental is the one we went to.

        3. wow, I just have 6 crowns 4 cavities filled and a deep cleaning, was sedated for 5 hours to do the work to fix extensive damage to my teeth. I paid 8600, my insurance covered 4800.00 of the cost. I thought it was very fair, looks like I was more than right. I am very happy with the work, they were thorough, kind and efficient.

    2. The last American dentist I went to had 5 people working for him so I was paying 6 people for my dental work. I am retired and have my dental work done in Costa Rica. Root canal in the states 1300$, here 265$

    3. Boy do you live in the wrong place. Our dental insurance covers cleanings every six months and full X-ray
      once per year with $0.00 deductible. And that’s the “low” option plan. I had a filling done a couple of months ago and it cost me $80 which was 20% of a $400 total. Crowns have been $1,200 for about eight years now. No idea where you are, but here in the sunny South it’s just very different from where you live.

      1. I am in sucky Illinois and my dental insurance is really good too. Just had 6 crowns, 4 cavities filled and an under the gum deep clean, while being sedated for 5 hours. it was 8600.00 for it all, ins. covered 4800.00. I had multiple fractured teeth and old fillings just falling apart, The work is lovely, and they were very professional. ps cost for one crown was right around 930.00

    4. You must go to a crap dentist. You should never get X-rays more than necessary.
      As for insurance, I have Delta, which is inexpensive. When I broke a tooth, they paid half of the $1,200 the crown cost.

    5. Boy do you have that right. Went to the dentist and all he did was do an x-ray and pull one tooth. The bill was $650. Also I believe dental care should be covered under regular health insurance. Why do we have to have separate dental insurance? Are’nt our mouths part of our bodies?

    1. I grew up going to the dentist regularly but also grew up with well water and no fluoride. Dentist never suggested additional fluoride treatment to my parents. That was in the 60s and 70s. My kids have no cavities due to the fluoride in their water and regular Dental Care.

    2. Brushing only once a day is disgusting.
      Heading out to interact with other people after having not brushed since the night before is revolting.
      It’s like only bathing once every few days.
      Trust me, people around you can tell.

      1. There’s mouthwash, too, you know. Many people would rather be helping others and working rather than brushing multiple times per day, potentially being hard on gums, etc. My dentists always commend me on my brushing.

      2. Maybe in your Madison Avenue – influenced world. You probably brush your teeth in the a.m., then eat breakfast and drink coffee, or whatever you eat/drink. Don’t you EVER think how silly that is?!

        1. Try the rural south; not Madison Avenue. But hey, don’t brush daily or floss for that matter. You can always get false teeth and those little sticky pads will help them feel better.

  2. Millennials should demand Safe Spaces in Dental Offices and prohibit dentists from saying anything that might upset the precious Snowflakes.

  3. For Anyone who grew up in the 60s or earlier with belt.driven low speed drills and marginal pain killers todays dentist offices are a walk im the park the bad part is that even though the condition of your teeth can effect your health, most insurance pays a minimal amount (if any) on dental procedures..

  4. GO TO MEXICO FOR DENTAL! Especially implants. Five years ago it cost $6,800 total at my local dentist and related expenses. One tooth snapped just above the root. Sent to oral surgeon for root removal and bone graft $700 (jaws are notoriously weak holding teeth). Imaging of teeth on both sides, Design and machining of CEREC artificial tooth, Implant of screw holding artificial tooth $6,100. Flipping insane! Just a dental cleaning visit was $275. I never have cavities. Yea, we all need a deep cleaning. But not worth the high prices every 4-6 months.

      1. My son’s teacher went there and wound up with the entire side of her face swollen up from a massive infection.
        Mexico is a crap shoot.

  5. Years ago I went to an Orthodontist to get a cracked tooth taken out and have an implant put in. Before we began he quoted a price of $1378.00 total. He performed his exam, removed the tooth put in the implant. The bill came to over $1900. He swore that was the price he quoted, but since it was my tooth and my money I know what I heard. Legally I didn’t have a leg to stand on so I sent him $20 a month for years

  6. As a senior … I am not afraid of the needle or the drill …it is the exorbitant cost that completely destroys my limited budget ..I have good supplemental heath insurance that covers what medicare doesn’t cover except for dental … it covers less than 10% of the cost of routine procedures and root canals and caps are not covered

    1. Limiting sugar is a positive, but it’s important to note that refined carbs have the same decay effects as sugar. If you are avoiding both, great, but if you are avoiding sugar and replacing it with flour starches it isn’t really beneficial.

  7. Recovering from a $2,000 root canal I had done last week.
    Yes, I am afraid to visit the dentist!
    My dental insurance did not cover sedation dentists, but I managed to find one who placed a ground up pill (tranquilizer) under my tongue and (I assume) also used gas. I never saw a needle and I never heard a drill. $100 extra to “monitor” me during treatment under anesthesia.
    Now I just have to worry about the follow-up visit.

    1. I find this pretty funny. I’ve had so many cavities, root canals, crowns, extractions, getting shots doesn’t even phase me anymore. The important thing is to relax your jaw and realize you are going to feel a couple of sharp jabs but the anesthetic starts to work and numbness quickly sets in. If you feel pain during drilling that you cannot ignore, just wince a little and the dentist will stop and ask if you need a little more anesthetic.

  8. Even with insurance the cost is unaffordable. What you pay for a crown today with insurance is still the same you paid years ago.
    Insurance just raised the price. Even a teeth cleaning is exorbitant.

  9. Generally millennial’s plus any other word in the sentence come together with the word Stupid!!! millennial’s brush once a day–stupid, millennial’s eat tide pods–stupid, millennial’s need a safe space to cry — stupid, millennial’s think you should not have a say in any matter that they don’t agree with–stupid, millennial’s that disagree with what you say consider it hate speech–STUPID, millennial’s want guns banned–STUPID, shall I continue??

  10. When I was young I think I spent as much time in the orthodontist’s chair as the classroom chair. (I’m 72). I have a mouth full of crowns and fewer fillings. I’ve never lived in a community with flouride in the water. I Brush twice daily, (don’t forget to brush your tongue) floss and pick constantly and love to get my teeth cleaned every 6 months. My mouth feels great afterward. This year my dentist got an ins. co to write a policy that covered all maintenance for this patients. The ins. cost was equal to two cleanings and xrays. well worth it.

  11. I don’t go to the dentist often, not because I’m afraid, but because I know first hand that they often F things up. I had a dentist do a small filling that ended up letting stuff get trapped around it resulting it a root canal. I’ve had another dentist use an all porcelain crown on a major molar that unsurprisingly shattered in a few years. He then replaced it for “only” $300 — what a bargain.

    1. Yeah, the dentist who did my first crown completely screwed it up. It didn’t fit right and then it fell off. Then I’ve had two crowns I got cheap from an ex-Soviet dentist in CA actually crack and had pieces come off them. You get what you pay for. The most expensive dental procedures seem to be better quality, done right and last.

  12. Dental issues are mostly genetic. I brush maybe once a month or if I’m going to have company over or if I go out in public. I’ve gotten maybe 1 cavity my entire life.

      1. or pasta or breads, any thing that is considered starch can rot the enamel and cavities start, some people are born with the proper alkaline PH in their saliva but most have too much acid. Heard not enough Vit. D is a culprit too.

    1. Ever wonder about sewer breath? Food rots in your mouth whether you have cavities or not. You’re just begging for periodontal disease and eventually loss of your teeth. Gum diseases are often painless and are noticeable when you realize you have really “tall” teeth and very little gum. But hey, keep it up, baby food doesn’t need to be chewed and false teeth usually fit fairly well.

  13. My dentist, since I was 12 yo, decided to replace all my silver fillings wo letting me have a say in the process. After replacement, my teeth did not fit together properly causing much pain. He denied any wrongdoing . I haven’t returned for regular treatment (not by him) in more than 15 years. I know I have current problems that should be treated. I am hoping death will come sooner than a visit to the dentist. I’m making that bet.

    1. Amalgam (silver) fillings are ALWAYS better than porcelain because silver lasts forever. Don’t EVER fall for the sales pitch of replacing all your silver fills!!!! The minute a dentist throws me that pitch, i’m out of there.

  14. For years I brushed once a day and probably flossed once a month. Now I brush/floss before bed and brush again in the morning. It’s keeping my teeth from getting any worse.

  15. Here is some information that may help a majority of older people needing dental care.
    As many older people, I take Plavix (a blood thinner)..I needed an extraction and the oral surgeon wanted me to stop taking Plavix for TWO WEEKS before the procedure.. I looked up procedures..using the ADA as the source. Reports show that stopping Plavix puts a dental patient at GREAT risk of a serious or life ending stroke..the ADA stated that even FULL mouth extractions can be safely done while the patient remains on the drug. I had to shop around to find a dentist who would pull my tooth without forcing me off Plavix. The procedure was done without any problem whatsoever.
    Why are many dentists putting patients at risk?

  16. I brush/floss about twice a day and needed a root canal because I didn’t get my checkup in 3 years and I had a filling that fell at that time. Can’t imagine how bad the teeth of some of these other people are who dont brush everyday.

    The root canal didn’t hurt but it was just super uncomfortable and long. The current methodologies of dental work suck, but I heard there are new laser based treatments on the horizon that will make current dentistry look stone age. Let’s hope some of these newer treatments become more main stream.

  17. Why brush one’s teeth more than once a day – before bed?

    I always wonder about these people who brush their teeth in the morning, then eat breakfast!! WTF?!

    1. Because your mouth accumulates stuff as you sleep. Atleast that’s how a dentist explained it to me when I asked same question.

    1. Yeah, the real problem is those saying how they never need to brush are just fraidy cats who’ve never kissed anybody other than their dog. I have a medical condition that requires me to give myself and injection every two weeks. Deep thigh muscle with 2.5″ #23 needle. Stings a little piercing the skin but it has to be done. I’d be ashamed to say I’m afraid of the dentist. Grow a set of whatever it is your gender requires and take care of business. If my 8yo grand daughter can do it, i’m almost positive you “grownups” can too. I could be wrong.

  18. Are you kidding, I have never had ins for this. It costs to much!. I just got my teeth cleaned, they said it was time for x rays that was $226. then they wanted to do $465 of work. I Told them forget it. At 68 ins is. not worth it.
    I spent $6,00 dollars of my own money for caps on old back teeth.That was a bad deal!!!
    I have always had bad gums and then the teeth went bad below the cap.
    They thought I would then spend $900 to take out the roots. I pulled the dame tooth. The hole thing is a racket.

      1. I suppose the only people who are worth what they get paid are the fortunate ones who had mommies and daddies that could afford to pay for college.

        We should just kill people for being poor right?

  19. I can embrace everyone who fears going to the dentist, but you must brush, floss and do rinses to alkaline your mouth with a ph of 7.5 water (or higher) or baking soda to help prevent acid foods giving you cavities.
    The dentists are way over priced, and the older you get and your gums start to recede your goose is cooked with bills that go up in the 10’s of thousands with caps, root canal or implants. Wonder why so many older people have false teeth ? The expense of refurbishing teeth are prohibited.

  20. Here is a tip. If you are avoiding going in for cleanings because they hurt, go to a periodontist for cleanings, and have the hygienist use topical paste to prevent pain. I cleaned my teeth at home scrupulously for years, but avoided dentist office cleanings because they hurt horribly. Now I have a lot of bone loss. Now that I am having cleanings done at the periodontist, they are not nearly as painful; the paste is very effective. It is only a little more expensive than the cleanings at the dentist, and will save you a LOT of money in the long run. I have never found dental procedures painful; just the cleanings. I doubt I am the only person with this issue. Maybe some regular dentists use this paste, but mine didn’t. Also, take ibuprofen before the cleaning; it will also reduce the pain of it.

    A lot of dental problems are genetic, and are due to one’s oral microbiome. However – along with cleanings of course – you can adjust that. I have a friend who does archaeological digs, and is constantly studying jaw bones and consequently also reading technical dental articles. He advises using Listerine about six times a day.

    1. I just got 6 crowns the cost was about 930 for each, my ins. covered 300 of it. and I think thats about the cheapest I have seen anywhere on this thread. really nice work, I was sedated for it. I thought it was fair, but I did know the markup was pretty high.

  21. I thought the Millennials are the most health conscious generation in history with their clean foods, avoidance of sodas, veganism, etc.? Now we are reading that they have the worst dental hygiene of any living generation but are also the most overweight. It’s all hype.

  22. dentists are expensive. dental insurance is useless. welfare patients get free care while I shell out thousands. so many dentists now cater to welfare patients and treat paying customers as unwanted distractions. Lastly, denists are very judgemental and very often shame and criticize their own customer base . I alos once had a dentist try to give me a solver tooth in the front on mouth( like a Russian gangster) Dr Gupta( she was awful) then insisted it is not her job to be my advocate.really? WTF? Can you imagine the car repair industry doing this? What do want fixed? I don’t know what is wrong with car? well tell me what you want fixed and we will fix it, other wise it is not our job to advocate for you.

  23. It may be a good thing. I got dentures in November. They were suppose to be just the top, but in literally the last minute dentist decided to take out the bottoms. Now, neither fit and I don’t like the looks. They refuse to refund my money so I can pay for a new set at another dentist. I can’t believe this practice is still so barbaric. I don’t think getting dentures is any easier than when my Dad had his teeth removed, over 70 years ago. I’ve talked with more people that have had denture horror stories recently. What’s up with that?

  24. I don’t think people are afraid, like scared of the actual dental work, its how much dental work costs. Even with insurance, and I have very good insurance, its still insane what you pay for copays.

      1. For $20, they won’t even let you into the building. Who pays for this fantastic dental policy that meets your needs for a $20 coopay? All of my (considerable)dental pain arises on my left buttocks, where I keep my wallet.

        1. I have never paid more than $20 for a cleaning. Most places I’ve worked I had two cleanings every year for free. Maybe brush your teeth more than once a week so you don’t get 10 cavities a year? Pedolib!!!

          1. Why would you call me a “pedolib”..? Does this mean liberal pedophile? And please note that my handle, “disenfranchised” refers to the Obama Administration use of the IRS to suppress conservative political action committees. I am a Republican. Congratulations to you if your employer provides low-cost dental coverage. I don’t suffer “10 cavities a year” but the dental work that I DO need comes from my own pocket(self-employed) after my dental plan’s contribution. Why so rude?

      2. well, I just looked at some of your other posts on topics like FusionGPS, dirty sheets, Alzheimer’s etc. It would appear that we share the same attitude towards liberal politics. What a shame. It would be a lot easier to dismiss your potty-mouth if you were a confused Democrat.

  25. We paid about $6K Last year for my child’s cracked molar and a few other procedures. This year we have already paid about $12K for braces for two kids. How in the world can a millennial afford to go to the dentist these days when its’s SO expensive? Here is CA they can’t even afford rent let alone having a tooth fixed.

      1. Hence my screen name? Unfortunately we have a few more years here. Dental work is still expensive in the midwest where we lived a few years ago.

    1. Actually most Brits I’ve met appear to have decent teeth and their breath isn’t nasty. They think we are obsessed with how white our teeth can be and they are just glad to keep them healthy

  26. Dentistry is a hard sell to have your teeth whitened; to have procedures that are not necessary; to be referred out to a specialist for a procedure like a root canal only to have to pay your dentist to complete the job (crown, filling, etc.); and to pay thousands for one implant when there are other options. Never mind things like insurance paying only for outdated materials like silver fillings, which no modern dentist uses anymore. I had a dentist tell me that they only put upgraded crowns on teeth because of problems with the ones the insurance fully covers so patient choice to contain costs is a no go unless you want to shop around, which is going to expose you to more radiation (new x-rays) and office visit costs. One dentist cannot use another’s x-rays (why, I do not know!). Dentists can look at the exact same problem and give you completely different solutions and costs. That leaves having a procedure a matter of trusting the practitioner. New dentists conglomerate in practices such as Castle Dental where patients are routinely pressured into having unnecessary procedures. Even when an estimate is given before a procedure, you can still get stuck with what the insurance suddenly doesn’t cover. I have been pressured by so many dentists, including having multiple staff converge on me to insist I have to make a decision NOW and being leaned so far back in a dental chair I felt like I was being waterboarded while being told I needed a procedure is hadn’t ever needed, did not need and have never been told since is needed. It is a very profession with too many extremely unethical practitioners. You cannot find affordable dental care without insurance so you may not get any care. You cannot afford multiple procedures with insurance so you may not get enough care. You forgo procedures because you hate dealing with the pressure to pay for things you cannot afford and you want to make the choices about your care and be given options, not a “but my boat payment is due” attitude! Cosmetic dentistry needs to be separated from medical dentistry. Since cosmetic dentistry became a big money maker, the practice of dentistry has deteriorated to the point that it is a profession in danger. These are not the people you want to offer the opportunity to put you through the pain and discomfort attendant with dental procedures.

  27. all the comments are complaints about the high price of dental visits but no one is addressing the gross habit described in the article of not brushing their teeth for days not to mention the danger to their teeth and the higher costs they will incur due to doing this.

    1. The good news is millennials are so fat and in such poor physical condition they will never live long enough for their teeth to fall out.

  28. Over a decade ago I lost a filling in a molar. Went to a dentist recommended to my wife by a co-worker here in South Florida. The office was open cubicles (a row of dental chairs) with no more than five feet between patients. Assembly line style. The dental assistant was a nice, older man (he had been a dentist in Nicaragua). We conversed quietly in Spanish, I told him I need a filling replaced, he looked, nodded and said, “looks like it”. Then the blowhard dentist came in. Washed his hands, put gloves on and then went to shake my hand, His first question to me was, “what do you do for a living?” Not, what can I do for you, or what seems to be the problem. Warning Bells went off. He looked in my mouth, and in a very loud and dramatic voice said, “That is a cavern, you’ll need to have a crown, at least 4 points. Of course you’ll need root canal first”. This “professional” then stepped away and the dental assistant just shrugged. In two minutes, from over the back of the chair, the dentist handed me a clip board and said, “sign where the stickers are” What’s this? …”It’s the contract for me to fix your tooth”. The price at the bottom was an estimate from $5500.00 to $7200.00. I told him I was not signing it and I wanted a copy of his diagnosis and treatment plan, I had already paid the $120.00 co-pay fee for the consultation and examination so by law I was entitled to it. “WHY do you want that? You DON’T NEED that!”, he boomed. I told him I was going to fax it to my sister. “Who’s your sister?, he demanded. She’s a dentist out of state. “You mean a dental assistant.” No, she is a licensed dentist, a DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery. “Where did she go to school?”, he demanded. Not answering his question,I asked him, where did he go to school? Indignantly, he replied, “I’m a graduate of the finest dental school in the Unites States, NYU School of Dentistry”. So is my sister, I replied. He freaked, demanded her name. I told him, He ran to his computer and searched the alumni pages. He was angry when he returned chair side and said, “yes, she is a dentist, but I have more experience than she does”. I said yes you do because you graduated before she did, but she has more training in the latest techniques.. He gave me the diagnosis and treatment plan and said as I left, “You’ll be back, because I’m the best”. I faxed it to her, she pulled my records, said to me to come for a visit. I flew to her town, had a nice visit and more importantly, she disagreed with his diagnosis and unnecessary, expensive treatment plan she replaced the missing filling and tooth has been fine ever since. No Root Canal, No Crown, No big bill. So don’t be afraid to get a second opinion, especially when the bill is so large.


    …certainly nothing to do with JP Morgan’s investment division that loads caveats into million dollar, zero assets, zero credit history, ALL-YOU-NEED-IS-YOUR-DEGREE loans which STIPULATE that the doctor violating covenants LOSES ALL CONTROL ON POLICY so that revenues, paying the debt IS ALL THAT MATTERS!

    Has NOTHING to do with wide-scale financial fraud.

  30. I can see it now:

    Dentist to millennial: “You have a cavity”.
    Millennial to Dentist: “RACIST!!!!!”

      1. Millennials won’t even leave Mommy’s basement to get a job, let alone basic medical maintenance.

        1. Why work when the job is a dead end? What is the point of wasting your life helping someone else get rich in theirs when you know YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ANYTHING EITHER WAY?

          America is ruined. There is no opportunity anymore.

          1. If you ate less hotdogs you might have the energy required to get off the couch and leave your parent’s home Nathan.

  31. I doubt most American millennials could name a single country in which the Vietnam War was fought, let alone map out and maintain an adequate hygiene regimen.

      1. Sounds like you’re confusing the First Indochina War that took place before the N/S split. The Vietnam War is the correct designation for the American conflict. You’re good though – not enough millennials would know anything about it to make that mistake in the first place.

  32. You’ve got the wrong take on this. People aren’t afraid of dentists. They are afraid of the dentist’s bill. After spending $2500 on a root canal and still no fix, we went to Mexico. $24,000 worth of work done for $3000. After 6 months, perfect. If you are interested, we went to Los Algodones. Go to Yuma, walk across border. The dental place we went to was Sani Platinum Dental. Not even one complaint for a week’s worth of work and we tend to complain. Great hotel right in town and it’s only $60 a night.

    1. I had done some research on that and it sounded very appealing. The only concern I had was that they’re not obligated to our laws and if they mess up, you’re SOOL.

      1. We worried about that too and researched it so thoroughly we were almost confused. However, I put all the comments about different offices and dentist in a database and came up w/ Sani Platinum so we just decided it’s either go and get fixed or end up having dentures at some point. We were shocked at how thorough they were. You are taken in, given thorough exam & xray, then the admin. who is a dentist discusses what you need and what you may think you want. We wanted things fixed. They did not pressure us to have whitening or implants or extras. It’s like an assembly line sort of. My husband needed many root canals. I needed crowns replaced. Different specialists to do different procedures. Each dentist was very thorough. Husband was a mess because he never spent $$ on his teeth so he took up alot of their time but they would happily stay until 7 or 8 pm to finish him up each day. Always there was a car waiting to take us to the hotel even tho it was only 2 blocks. Saved so much, go more done than we ever would have here. No ocmmunication prob. Look Sani Platinum up online. It’s not a scam.

        1. I read an article in the Reno newspaper two years ago about south of the border dentists. Actually, the ones they wrote about were across from Yuma – the same town as where you went, I assume. I did some research and found there were many dentists around the city. I did contact one and they were very courteous in their response. I was tempted to go, but my situation at the time wasn’t a very high priority (and fortunately still isn’t). I even went to the post office and got a passport specifically with that in mind. You do need a passport, right? From what I’d read, the costs are about 20-25% of what the costs of dentistry is in the U.S. Thanks for your comment. I’ll have to check Sani Platinum out.

          1. Yes, you do need a passport…not to get into Mexico, but to come out. Actually, coming out was the only negative part of the entire week we spent there. Our US border guards were downright nasty. The Mexican people, not just the dentists, but all, were extremely nice no matter what we did or where we went. Also, if you go, make up a list of antibiotics and other medicines you have to buy here. We went to the Phoenix Pharmacy with our list. Got amoxicilin, sulfa, doxycyline, lots of other things super cheap. They have it all on computer and look it up if they don’t know what you’re talking about. Only thing we couldn’t buy was Cipro. We also went to the Purple Pharmacy eveyrone talks about but it is much more expensive (although cheap compared to here). We parked in the Indian Casino parking lot and walked over. It looked like lots of people drove over but the automobile line to get back to the USA was hours long. The walk took about 10 minutes.

  33. When choosing a dentist, be sure to count how many staff employees they have. If the dentist’s staff has over two people, don’t use him/her otherwise you’re going to pay far more because a larger staff requires higher costs. Also, a small staff means you’re more likely to develop a good/honest working relationship with your dentist. A good dentist cares about your teeth rather than how much they plan to bilk you for.

    1. The number of people on staff has absolutely nothing to do with costs. The only time a dentist hires more staff is to be able to treat more people. Anything else is foolish economics. Most dentist’s fees are determined by the insurance companies that have algorithms that tie the fees to the area in which the practice is located. I believe firmly that most of the increase in dental fees is due to dental insurance. Before dental insurance people paid cash for their treatments and were very cognizant of how much everything cost.

  34. That’s absurd. A rotten mouth is guaranteed to the affect rest of your health. I go 3 times per year to dentist for cleaning and exams

  35. Quit your crying and imagine your great great great grandpappy. Try have an extraction without anesthesia. Imagine a tooth abscess breaking out your check to relieve pressure and drain the puss. Thank God for modern medicine.

  36. Millennials this and Millennials that. If they are too stupid to take care of their teeth let them fall out. Maybe they’ll be able to buy their dentures from Amazon.conjob

  37. Yes, I am scared because ALL of the pain I have with my teeth are due to dentists drilling teeth that kinda-sorta looked like possible cavities (I regret agreeing to these meaningless tiny cavity fills). If a dentist sees anything dark or rough in your teeth they want to drill and fill it (regardless if the x-ray show nothing). Also, they really push teeth whitening. I think I would rather deal with a used car salesman over a dentist.

  38. Go to a teaching hospital tell them your poor ,they are very inexpensive and you might get in..

  39. I broke two teeth. I decided on implants. I will be forking over about $10,000 before the procedure is complete. A friend owns a dental appliance lab. He makes the crowns, and teeth for implants. He sells them for a fraction of what the dentist charges you for them. I hate it, but I need to keep my teeth and gums healthy so dentists have always been a part of my life since childhood. I’m pushing 70 and have pretty good teeth for an old man. Dental insurance is a joke. Glad I have a rainy day fund to help.

  40. 4 out 10 Millennials pass gas over 20 times a day and pick their noses 10 times a day. Important news.

  41. This is funny reading all your post about how expensive dentist are. Also to hear how uninformed you are about dental work. I don’t blame you guys because I have read a study in the past that patients only remember 22% of what was told to them by the time they get to their car after the first dental appointment.

    As for the expensive part of dentistry. It depends on the plan usually your employer picks or that you pick from the employer if you have multiple choices. I am an in-network PPO dentist. Those prices you quoted are very high and sound like you went to an out of network dentist.

  42. Being an in-network dentist I agree to lower fees from the insurance companies. Crowns are in the range of $664-$900 depending on which insurance. With delta dental insurance my crown fee is 664 which is a lot of my patients. Most average plans pay only 50% for major work(crown) your looking at $332-$450 for a crown out of pocket. Fillings are only $120ish depends on size and insurance pays 80% so your taking about 24 bucks for one filling.

    1. “Crowns are in the range of $664-$900 depending on which insurance.” You’re dreaming — or hallucinating. Sorry for being blunt but us Little People are NOT dental insiders…

      1. You must be going to an out of network dentist. As I said in a previous post. When your an in-network dentist, the dentist agrees to an insurance discounted fee. Not their UCR fee(regular price for someone with no insurance) for delta dental my contract is I can only charge $664 for a crown. To be blunt… it’s not $1500

  43. Fluoride rinse is only a buck at Dollar Tree. Brush once a day and use the rinse and you are on top of things. Works well.

    1. I grew up in an area where the water was fluoridated and never had a cavity until a couple of years after moving to place without fluoridated water. Moved several more times and have only four fillings at 55 years old.

      1. My teeth were in great shape. Fell out of a deer stand and broke half of them. Terrible fortune. You are very perspicacious and fortunate…

  44. There is a book coming out this summer by Dr. Julie Babcock that explains in detail what is going on with dentistry. It will cover how to find a good, honest dentist, and what questions to ask to ensure you are in the hands of a really good ethical one. Dentists vary greatly in skill and ethics. Excellent dentistry is an investment that an last a life time and although it is expensive, it lasts longer than anything else you may buy. It beats the car, furniture, kitchen appliances etc.

    The problem is seeing cheaper dentists who are fixing broken things without addressing the cause of the disease in the first place. Failure to address this leads to expensive failures and redoing work. A good dentist will take plenty of time to teach their patients how to care for their teeth properly so the patient is less dependent on them.

    For costs, yes, it can be expensive but keep in mind that the average overhead in a dental practice is over 75%. The costs must be covered or the dentist is out of business quick. Dentists rarely have any business training at all but they do understand that money coming in must be higher than money going out. When dental insurance limits the fee to 40% of what it should be the dentist must work an assembly line doubling production just to stay alive. Patients without insurance must make up the difference creating higher prices.

    When it is time to invest in dentistry, do your homework, read the book by Dr. Babcock and find one that will take great care of you. The best dentists will not only do a very thorough exam of your mouth, he/she will spend time talking with you so he/she understands what you are looking for, what your fears are etc.. You should receive a complete treatment plan or “roadmap” with multiple options that restore health over time. That is the most upfront honest way to deal with your dentist. Otherwise every time you go in for a cleaning they will find more broken things to fix and there will never be a trusting relationship.

  45. Dental anesthesia related fears are founded in reality. Never, ever trust your dentist or staff to administer anesthesia. Ask an anesthesiologist why.

  46. I have a great dentist and hygienist.
    Find a DDS that specializes in pain-free. For general dental work you don’t need anesthesia, just Novocain.
    I go twice a year, and pretty much only need cleanings at this point.

  47. Can’t afford dental care. Also, I’ve had bad advice from dentists that resulted in broken teeth.

  48. Of course the expense is a big factor, but there are also shady dentists out there who do unnecessary treatments too. How is it that one dentist sees no cavities but another one a month later somehow finds cavities in both wisdom teeth I had that never had a problem before? Then there is the time the dental assistant dropped the temporary cap down my throat and I started choking while the idiot stood there and did nothing. Luckily, I was able to somehow dislodge it and cough it out. So, yeah a trip to the dentist scares me – I almost choked to death there.

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