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oh, yeah. I forgot to mention, I went to Gentle Dental today, instead of my old dentists, after what I think is a one year hiatus. So I skipped one cleaning, and I got to the new place, they take x-rays, and they tell me off the bat that I have seven cavities. And they want to give me two fillings ASAP. There's no way this could have happened in one year, but the old place (Dana Dental) did x-rays very rarely, and these "in-between" cavities are things they wouldn't find without such an x-ray (he did peg me as a bad flosser when he first looked at the picture...).

So, is Gentle Dental being "overly aggressive" (as one coworker suggested they were known for doing) with this? Was Dr. Dana lame in taking care of my teeth and suggesting x-rays (as a different coworker suggested might be the case) back then? I used to get cleanings every six months, and a clean bill of health every time for over two years, I seem to recall.

I'm tempted to go back to Dr. Dana and get the cleaning, despite the fact that I've already paid for a cleaning with Gentle Dental (their $57 first time patient deal)... If Dr. Dana says nothing about cavities, I could ask...

That was another weird thing about going to Gentle Dental, it felt like I was betraying the friendly neighborhood dentist that had treated me well through the years (except the time they sold me an electric toothbrush, and then didn't even notice when I stopped using it...) But the hygenist there had been cleaning my teeth for a long time, and Dr. Dana was cool with his seventies "hip" mannerisms, and it just seemed kinda wrong to be at this new place...

Hmm... $160/filling seems kinda steep, too. They want to do some composite fillings at Gentle Dental, which I'm all in favor of. If I need the fillings. Seems like the kind of thing they'd want to push though, after giving a $57 x-ray *and* cleaning package. On the other hand, they wouldn't want to risk alienating a potential new regular customer, I imagine.

*sigh* confused. I hope I'm not being cheated though. Maybe I should try the Kendall Dental place that was recommended to me, write off the $57 I've already handed over to Gentle Dental, cancel those appointments.

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