Let’s face it… it’s tough out there these days. We are all struggling to make ends meet. Most of the time, I live paycheck to paycheck as do a ton of my friends. There is just never enough.
About a year ago, my dad wrote a thoughtful post about choosing a dentist and sticking with that person. It makes sense to me having grown up with a father who made a business out of treating multiple generations of families in the area. Being a bit older and wiser these days, I now understand that it makes sense on an economic level as well.
Having moved around a lot in the last two decades, I am queen of finding new doctors and care providers. And, I’ve been lucky enough to have had pretty decent “work provided” insurance all that time. But, what a pain! Do you know how many times I had to fill out all those new patient forms and go through my entire health history? And, still, I always forgot to mention something that likely would have been relevant to my care or diagnosis.
I clearly always had a dentist. But, a lot of people do not. Look at the numbers: As of a couple of years ago, almost one third of the population reported some difficulty in accessing dental care. 27% of those under the age of 65 WITH health insurance did NOT have dental insurance and Medicare doesn’t cover dental care. Let’s face it, most of us (myself included) are having a hard time making ends meet. That means, a cleaning or a checkup just doesn’t make it in the family budget for the month or year or decade. The problem is, a toothache can turn into an ER visit quickly for those folks, and sometimes, much, much more. In fact, a report from the Institute of Medicine found those startling numbers are much more startling when you consider that diseases of the mouth are inextricably linked to overall health.
What does that have to do with choosing a dentist and sticking with that person? YOU need to be your own advocate. And, getting to know someone, trusting that person, knowing they know what you need or want, that they will respect money is tight and you need to be conservative in your treatment …that adds up in the long run.
Remember, you can always “Ask the Dentists.” I don’t claim to be an expert. I just talk about what relates to or interests me and hopefully YOU. But, if you have a question that Dr. Fabozzi or Dr. Winter can answer… ask away. They’ll get back to you with the specifics ASAP.