Actually, I'm not sure that's true...
In the US it's recommended to go to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned (at least) twice a year. I've heard this isn't the case in many other countries; cleanings occur less often, only as needed, or not at all. (I've also heard that in "not at all" countries, gum disease is very common...)
So, my international Duo friends... what's your experience?
I have been to the dentist to have a cleaning in Panama, as well as Ecuador. Both times it was fine, the dentist did the actual cleaning, and both were thorough, and professional, using established protocols and universal precautions. Btw, not everyone NEEDS to go to the dentist twice a year, it is very individual, based on your own oral health and situation.Having said that, bear in mind, locals may not have the money to see to their dental needs, it may be a choice between more basic necessities of life. Many foreign dentists have trained to some extent in the US or Canada, or Europe.
Hi Brian - I think the reference is to whether people can afford to visit the dentist, not whether they choose to follow recommendations. In the UK, cleanings occur only when needed, as neither the Governement nor patients want to pay for unnecessary dental treatment - which possibly happens when the bill goes to an insurance company.
Here (in Germany near Frankfurt, with my health insurance) the dentist recommends (based on the individual oral health) how many teeth-cleanings you should have per year. You can get a little card from the health insurance company which the dentist stamps every time you come to have your teeth cleaned. At the end of the year you send this card to your health insurance company and they pay you back part of what you paid. That's a program which is used by some health insurance companies to reward members who themselves take care of their own health, since these tend to require less major medical interventions later on, which would then in any case be the responsibility of the health insurance funds. So basically it's about the company wants to save money, but it's also good for the insured. Btw: I pay ca. 77 € for a "PZR".
It's grammatical, but it's not a common phrasing. That sentence sounds very strange to me as a native speaker.
In questions in general, we usually opt for "don't have a/any X" rather than "have no X." That may be different from the statement version of the sentence, but it sounds much better.
Long time no speak! :P Hope you're doing alright!
Vielleicht hätte ich das auf Deutsch schreiben sollen, denn wir hatten so viele Gespräche auf Deutsch :-)
Kleines Ding: „Zahnärztin“ statt „Zahnarztin“
Hoffe, duolingo wird bald was zurückbringen, womit wir uns kommunizieren können :)