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Author Topic: Saving Dental Dollars?  (Read 3213 times)

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Offline Jeffreyj

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Saving Dental Dollars?
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:02:52 PM »
As I was getting a dental check up today, my dentist reminding me that HIV+ people need to be very careful with their teeth and gums. The virus can sometimes cause problems at a younger age , and early detection can save decay and $$$$.
I just thought I would share this with all of you wonderful people out there! If you have gone more than 6 months, it is probably time to ...well..you know!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Positive since 1985

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006, 08:33:12 PM »
Hello Jeff,

Thanks for bringing this up . I have always been fortunate in maintaining good dental care, and it is important in doing so !

Dental care isn't cheap, and it's great if a person has dental insurance, I am also fortunate in that I have a great policy at work. I can understand how difucult that can be, if people don't have some sort of coverage, especially with being HIV positive, and the other costs, that come into play.

So often people will neglect, their oral care,( for reasons of cost, or they simply put it off, and can end up with some pretty nasty things going on in there , which can affect thir general health. It's worth a check up at least twice a year ! It's all good general maintanance !!

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006, 12:35:14 AM »
I completely agree.  I have my teeth cleaned and checked every three months.  I seem to be a walking invitation for plaque.  I HATE having my teeth cleaned, but I have come to learn it is a necessary evil.  I should add that I have learned this lesson the hard way...six crowns, two bridges and one partial !

Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD
01/15: 1366 (45.2%), UD
07/15: 1134 (50.7%), UD
02/16: 1043 (55.1%), UD
08/16:  746  (55.4%), UD
08/16:  Switch from Atripla to Genvoya

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 12:59:54 AM »
Gary I see we are same age. Six crowns and one pulled last year. Don't ya just love getting old! I will never go longer than 6 mos tho...you invariably pay the price.
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Offline clarke

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006, 10:45:22 AM »
Jane & I were either neglected or abused for so long in West TN. by the Dental "profession" that our dental needs are way more than we can afford, even tho' I have dental insurance, and the dentists up here are totally unconcerned about our "status".

Offline Life

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 11:32:42 AM »

Offline ademas

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006, 02:18:44 PM »
My only advice to anyone who needs extensive (i.e. expensive) dental work:  Go to Thailand!

I've had all my major work done there over the last 5 years on 3 different trips.  You get a fabulous vacation that more than pays for itself with the money you save, and the dental care is top-notch. 

I actually wish I had more major dental work to be done this year, as it would give me a wonderful excuse to go back...

Offline Eldon

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006, 03:47:56 PM »
You definitely want to check back every (6) six months or so.

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006, 08:01:17 PM »
I hear there are some good cheap dentists in Mexico. Prolem I have is I get soooo sick every time I go...And I never drink the water lol. Go Figure!
Positive since 1985

Offline Eldon

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Re: Saving Dental Dollars?
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006, 11:22:19 PM »
Yea Jeff, when I lived in Phoenix for (4) four years, I never went to Mexico either! You go figure that one!


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