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Do you go to the dentist on a regular basis?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 6, 2006

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Photo of Simon Montoya

“No. I don’t go enough. I try to at least go once a year.”

Photo of Christie Swarm

“Yeah. Once every four or five months. Not having clean teeth is extremely unattractive and bad for your health.”

Photo of Amy Williams

“Yes. Every six months, because I want my teeth to be clean.”

Photo of Randy Mushrush

“No, I don’t. Last time I went to the dentist was probably seven or eight years ago. But I brush twice a day, and I haven’t noticed any cavities.”

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jonas 12 years, 1 month ago

Hell yeah! Look at all these! You think these are easy to clean?

l_eustacy 12 years, 1 month ago

The best floss in the work is Glide.

It's made of Goretex and is virtually unbreakable.

RonBurgandy 12 years, 1 month ago

Weird, I am going to the dentist this afternoon actually. Get out of my head ljworld...ahh.

RonBurgandy 12 years, 1 month ago

Delta Dental - sponsor of the two and a half minute pregame show. I always find it funny when the pregame comes on because it is something like this:

"Welcome to the Delta Dental Pregame Show!" "Here is your starting lineups for tonight" Reads opponents starting lineup Reads KU's starting lineup "Thank you for watching the Delta Dental Pregame Show!"

It's great.

RonBurgandy 12 years, 1 month ago

Multi - I haven't been there, but it sounds like a good analogy.

RonBurgandy 12 years, 1 month ago

It should just become a standard that if anyone wants to do something, they have to add "for a klondike bar" after it.

Kind of like adding "in bed" at the end of a fortune from a fortune cookie.

trinity 12 years, 1 month ago

tob, i've got the proud sponsor of the Jayhawk Basketball team for my dental insurance, too! they're mostly great&affordable-but i've been socked with some reealllly high co-pays on certain procedures.

to quote pee-wee herman (peewee's big adventure); BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH, HEHE-HEHEHE. (my best typed peewee impression!) :)

trinity 12 years, 1 month ago

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sgtwolverine 12 years, 1 month ago

Medical professionals and I do not get along. Perhaps my attitude soured from too many doctor visits when I was young.

But eating too many Klondike bars would mean a dentist visit for sure!

(Oh, Ron, yeah, I caught parts of the game yesterday. Two games into the season, the Tigers are doing everything to prove my cynicism wrong. I am cynical about them because of their recent history, but I also really do want to see them win. If Pudge can hit consistently and cameraman-hater Kenny Rogers lasts...well, who knows.)

kansas_prairieland 12 years, 1 month ago

Several years ago I read an article in Reader's Digest about how a reporter did an undercover investigation concerning dentistry. Over the course of 6 months he visited roughly 30 different dentists in several different states. All he told each dentist was that he wanted a cleaning and a check work done on his teeth. And with each visit used a different name. Anyway, there were very few of the 30 dentists that agree with what was wrong with his teeth. Some dentists told him that his teeth were fine, some said he had a cavity or two, some said he had a cavity or two----but the so-called cavities were located in different teeth than a previous dentist had said there were!!

Bottom line....(and this was the reporter's main point)....there seems to be quite a few dentists in this world who may honestly think that they know what they are doing.......but probably don't!!! And that's a scary thought!!! Oh, sure, some of the dentists that this reporter went to were probably liars/scam-artists.....but the reporter said that most probably just didn't know what they were doing. And since most people don't have the time and/or the money to shop around for a dentist (should they move to a new area/town).....most people simply take their chances with whatever dentist they end up going to. When you go to a particular dentist for the first assume that he or she is accurate when he or she tells you that you have two cavities that need to be filled......but all you have is that dentist's end up trusting him or her (and crossing your fingers while you're at it!!)......Unless, of course, you go to a second or third dentist in your area and try to get a "consensus" as to what the condition of your teeth is really like!!

But like the reporter said, sometimes you can go to multiple dentists.....and still not be able to build a consensus as to what the deal is with your teeth!!! And like I said earlier......most people just don't have the time or the money to go to several dentists over such a short period of time!!!

kansas_prairieland 12 years, 1 month ago

..................just something to think about, folks!!!

Lib_ee12 12 years, 1 month ago

Don - I actually saw Mr. Boog the last time I went to the dentist. He was getting his teeth cleaned in the chair next to mine. I was feeling very proud because my dental hygenist was raving about how great my teeth looked, while I could hear Boog's hygenist lecture him about regular brushings and floss. I couldn't help but giggle a little.

By the way, I'm a very good six month patient!

sgtwolverine 12 years, 1 month ago

I don't know if you have the same option there, but the University of Michigan dental school sees patients for very low prices. It's good for both sides of the deal: patients get inexpensive dental services, and students get real experience.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

Every six months. I love getting them cleaned.

I think we should leave Boog alone, don't you?

And I have the Delta too, for a Klondike bar.

Charla Welch 12 years, 1 month ago

I haven't been to a dentist since moving to Lawrence. I need to though, since my wisdom teeth are coming in, and I was told years ago by the dentist who took care of my teeth from childhood that there isn't enough room. I can already see one tooth looking a little out of place.

But I don't have dental insurance. So, could I get some recommendations from y'all? Which dentist in Lawrence do you recommend?

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

Douglas County Dental Clinic can help you if you are uninsured.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

Douglas County Dental Clinic can help you if you are uninsured, for a Klondike bar.

(thanks MD!)

kansas_prairieland 12 years, 1 month ago


Yes! It's true! The forecast for this afternoon is calling for some potentially nasty weather!


sgtwolverine 12 years, 1 month ago

It seems you guys down there die at least once a week.

juscin3 12 years, 1 month ago

Multi, that is too funny! Ya know, I would be thinking just that let alone actually saying it. But hey, if you or your ins. are payin for something to get done, then it needs to be done the way you want it. Not the way the dentist wants it. I have gotten to the point where we are going to a different dentist. I don't understand how ins. will only cover so much when you are supposed to be granted 2 cleanings per year. Everytime I go in every six months just for a cleaning, it doesn't get paid 100%. Why??? I can't stand the receptionist that my dentist has and therefore I have decided to go somewhere else. I am not going to go in there and see someone with an attitude just because I need to make an appointment for myself as well as for my kids all at the same time. That's what she's there for! She gives me a sigh and gets frustrated because she has to schedule 3 peeps. It's not like she's goin anywhere!!! If I was to go in there again, maybe I need to ask her to schedule the appointments and offer her a Klondike bar!!! Maybe that's why she has the

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

We're going to die again? Darn - that's three. Six more and we're in big trouble. If I'm still in KC this afternoon, am I going to die?

Did you all run out and buy your crank radios for a Klondike bar in bed?

juscin3 12 years, 1 month ago

hahaha funny Gootsie, but good idea! brb makes list go to store pick up klondikes and batteries go to radio shack get radio pick up tomorrows newspaper to see if someone died from storm and set it beside the bed

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

After my beloved Dentist since childhood passed away, I quit going for quite a long time...years, in fact. I finally caved and tried a new dentist. Well, I should say dental hygenist as the actual dentist didn't clean my teeth. But, anyway, after measuring, x-raying, etc...she told me that I did such a great job taking care of my teeth that I didn't need to go but once every other year or so. My kiddies, however, go every 6 like they're supposed to...for a Klondike Bar!

RonBurgandy 12 years, 1 month ago

omb - tell those creepy people at the bottom of your link to shut up.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

The first time I watched it they were there.

The second time, they were gone.

The creature apparently got them.

For a Klondike bar.

bankboy119 12 years, 1 month ago

I just got back from the dentist actually. I go every 6 months.

audvisartist 12 years, 1 month ago

Here are some resources for those of you that are without dental insurance and looking for a reduced rate:

The Douglas County Dental Clinic is the only clinic here in Lawrence that offers services at a reduced fee. We're a non-profit clinic and we don't get any federal or state grants so we rely on private grants, donations, and patient payments to offer the reduced fees. To be seen at the clinic you need to be a Douglas County resident, have no dental insurance, and meet income guidelines. You can call us up at 785-312-7770 for more information on the clinic and our guidelines.

The resource list that I mentioned above includes other clinics in Topeka and Kansas City that also serve patients. The Marian Clinic in Topeka is a great place to go for reduced dental fees and there's also a free clinic in Kansas City that does dental work free of charge.

And for those of you that are curious, yes we do accept Klondike bars. But not in lieu of payment. ;)

Chrissy Neibarger 12 years, 1 month ago

Dentists don't like me, i don't need to go to them. Dentures, several years ago due to a herditary degrade of bones and teeth. The didn't want to pull all my teeth, just wanted to keep crowning and capping them, but of course, then they wouldn't keep getting money if they just pulled them :)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 1 month ago

Oh MD, I loved your story. Rough edges doth not fun make! VERY CUTE!

I think you should turn that in to Readers Digest, for a Klondike bar.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

Has anyone but me noticed that Thursday seems to be the preferred day to die in KS?...for a Klondike Bar?

badger 12 years, 1 month ago

You know, you all can come down to the People's Republic of Austin and avoid the Midwest Death. We're pretty safe here, unless you have a phobia of live music. Then, then we're pretty seriously doomy.

However, if you do all truck down to Hippietown, I'd advise you to avoid badgers. Certain of the badgers in Austin are home sick with a 100 degree fever today. Last night, it was 102 and there were mild hallucinations, but today it's all just ginger ale and birdsong. I really hope those birds are actually there.

For a Klondike Bar.

Tony Kisner 12 years, 1 month ago

I firmly believe that when the Dentists all meet in Las Vegas each year for their annual convention to learn new skills, the busiest room is the "Practice Enhancement" room. This is where some really cleaver practitioner comes up with a new non-necessary procedure to create a new revenue stream. From now on when I go to the Dentist I will start poor mouthing my financial situation so they don't get the idea that there is gold to be dug in my mouth. Although necessary this profession is close to becoming as ethical as chiropractors.

Our kid's Dentist recently sent us a note that if we did not set up our 3 month cleaning appointment they would drop us as a client. I think I'll approach my clients the same way, "if you don't give me some billable hours for some unnecessary work I'll quit calling on you." I'll see how that business model works.

Invest in good floss and a brush, and save yourself some real cash.

sgtwolverine 12 years, 1 month ago

You know, I don't even live in the Dictatorship of Severe Weather (Sponsored by Katie Horner) and I would enjoy going to Austin for a while. I did get to visit once (my brother was in northern TX for a while, and we drove down to Austin for a couple days), but it was a short visit.

The bats are pretty cool.

nomorebobsplease 12 years, 1 month ago

When my boys were small, one of them had some bad cavities and needed dental work. I took him originally to a sadisic butcher of a pediatric dentist that works in Lawrence where they wanted to strap him down and force his mouth open and do the work. Or use a surgury room in LMH to knock him out completely to do it. Needless to say I left. After searching, I found a wonderful pediatric office in Topeka that will do consious sedation-and my kids went there for several years. Wonderful people! They are not afraid of the dentist now (and would have been if that jerk had worked on them), and have transitioned to a regular dentist just fine.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

Reticent, You know what's wrong with Katie. Sure, she may look good, but the girl is a needy control freak! So, go ahead and look all you want. My advice is not to touch. (I believe she is quite fertile.)

Harry_Manback 12 years, 1 month ago

Ewww...Randy hasn't been to the dentist in 7 or 8 years?!?! I feel guilty cause I haven't been in about 8 months!

But I really don't think eating candy for one school year would cause 9 cavities, unless you stopped brushing. I drink a lot of pop (I know, it's bad...) and I haven't had a cavity in years because I brush 2-3 times a day.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

Reticent, Yes, I agree there is nothing wrong with a strong willed woman. Did you miss the word "needy?" If you were forced, lured, and trapped by a strong willed (and undoubtedly beautiful) woman, this indicates that she was simply tired of waiting for you to ask. Was she worth the $40 socks?;) I'm thinking she was...for a Klondike Bar!

SpeedRacer 12 years, 1 month ago

OMB - I've never seen a video like that, it's pretty cool technology.

Ceallach 12 years, 1 month ago

MD: He tried the same thing with my granddaughter! Maybe we should picket his place -- my daughter did not take her back for the follow-up appointment. When a 5 year old has bruises on her cheeks from visiting the dentist, something is wrong! I can't believe so many mothers will allow that office to keep them out of the room while their child is being checked/treated. My g-daughter was so upset when she went to another dentist he suggested that my daughter hold her while he checked her and that worked really well. After having one visit with him she was no longer afraid of dental visits (to him), and he wasn't even labeled "pediatric" dentist!

I would join picketing protests outside the other guy's office . . . for a Klondike bar!!

Ceallach 12 years, 1 month ago

badger, feel better soon -- just be sure it isn't the avian flu -- it would be so bad to be the one who started the PANDEMIC the prophets of doom are so sure will eventually hit the US of A :)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

I know that office/dentist. He gassed my then 4 yr old w/out my permission. We never went back. It was hard to get her to go to another dentist. I should have complained but I had no physical proof that he gassed her. I'll join that protest. (I'll even bring my own Klondike bar and enough for the first 5 other people who many are in a box?)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

Reticent, Now that I have you figured out, you can tell me later about the "knife incident."???

Gnome, get well but fear not! My chickens are all alive and healthy. No bird flu...yet.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

RI, It's all in the interpretation. As for the sedation dentistry all I can say is "eewwwww!"

Badger, I called you gnome earlier. My bad! (Both small, furry critters, though.)

Nachtwolf 12 years, 1 month ago

The girl, Christie, that they interviewed goes to Free State. Wierd that they didn't put Student.

beatrice 12 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Judas had a dentist? Did anyone see in the NYTimes that the "Gospels of Judas" has been found? Fascinating stuff, whether a believer or not. Yesterday scientists discovered the missing link, and today it is Judas. Crazy. Check it out (I hope the link works. If not, cut and paste it):

jewls 12 years, 1 month ago

The Douglas County Dental Clinic has a pediatric dentist that works on Fridays and some Saturdays too.

Ceallach 12 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, badger (and MD). I just thought a little jest might lighten your misery :( Considering the fact that the experts are going to be so disappointed if hundreds of thousands of people are not afflicted so they can crow :) about their prediction.

This isn't the first time I was the only one who thought I was funny :-

Now I gotta go home and read last night's board and check up on the gnome.

beatrice 12 years, 1 month ago

md: that is hysterical, and wonderfully bizarre! Even if true, any idea on how difficult it would be to walk on a block of floating ice in a turbulent sea? Well, neither do I, but I'll bet it would be pretty difficult. Though I would give it a try for a Klondike bar.

trollkiller 12 years, 1 month ago

I've got your Klondike Bar...right here!

ms_canada 12 years, 1 month ago

md - welcome to Alberta. I have yet to see brokeback and I am looking forward to it. I am wondering if I will recognize any of the scenery. A lot of films are being made in southern Alberta, but I don't know of any made as far north as Edmonton, though. I just returned from San Diego via Denver last nite and WOW what a change of scenery. It is sooo very dull and gloomy here after beautiful southern Calif One day we took a rest from packing and drove down to Coronada, WOW, that is a beautiful place. But, for all it's beauty I would not live with all that traffic and noise. Give me quiet Edmonton any day. Good to be home. Now to get back to peeling the old wallpaper off my bathroom walls and preparing to paint them a nice spruce green. Joy, joy :o)

KSChick1 12 years, 1 month ago

I HATE the dentist! Even if he was a Klonkike bar I still would not like him. Torture chambers give me a warm fuzzy feeling compared to the chair at the dentist's office. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Oh wait. That's for the Free For All in the University Daily Kansan. A Klondike bar in bed. There.

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