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A Smile for Life

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January 12, 2012

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I want to help women (or men) who have suffered the dental consequences from bulemia/anorexia. The United States dental community of providers is so expensive that even people with moderate incomes with dental insurance can hardly pay for incidental or routine dental care, let alone traumatic or long term dental needs. The amount of suffering and shame of this disorder is hard enough to overcome, but then to again suffer the future effects of it by failing teeth, causes even more shame and isolation and depression. What happened to the good old dentists that would take emergency calls or come in after hours for a patient in crisis? So many women that have struggled to overcome this disorder find themselves 10, 15, 20 years later to failing teeth. Root canals, crowns, bridges, partials, and even simple fillings costs and the time outlay can be so expensive and underinsured that most can not afford it. Much of the time, their only option is to pull the teeth rather than, lets say,paying 1800.00 for ONE root canal. In any case, the way our system works limits the options for most people to get their dental needs met. It is becoming more and more necessary to get treatment out of the country, like Mexico, in order to be able to afford to get work done and to get the amount of work done in a much shorter time. Yes, there are risks.  When  one can not get an appointment right away for emergency care for an abscessed tooth (that can eventually damage your heart ) for 2 months or longer, that is also dangerous.  I want this charity to assist those afflicted with an eating disorder to get their dental needs met. To restore their smile. This kind of help can have such an affect on many aspects of person's life. I hope dentists or dental labs will also step forward to assist in doing probono work and/or reduce fees. Did you know that in this country, a dentist will not pull your teeth and give you dentures if you have more than even a few viable teeth left in your mouth? Our dental systim works in such a  way to  keep you coming in time and time again incuring more bills which even leads people to mortgage their  home, take out loans, rack up credit cards, etc...keep you suffering. A person should be able to choose to get dentures if they want to in order to reduce or cease their endless dental bills, pain, and embarrassment and loss work time. Having a smile that is pleasing is nice, but also having teeth that function without pain, without the constant worry of how long before  another crown or a post fails, or the pain of abscessed teeth, or loose and  missing teeth, and so much more, is much more valuable.  Thank you.

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