Dental hygienist Anita Rodriguez (Viewpoint, 1-29) recently expressed concerns close to my heart about dental care needs. I appreciate the follow-up opinion by dentist Sammy Pak (Viewpoint, 2-3), but it still leaves me completely out in the cold.
Where can I turn for the help I need for the broken tooth that plagues me nightly with aches? As a member of the working poor, I have no insurance and can’t afford the extreme costs of my dental needs. Yet my taxes pay for convicted felons to receive full dental care, including dentures.
When times were better, I was able to pay my dentist out of pocket for my care. Now I live on half the income from four years ago, and that of course goes to paying basic bills.
Dentists out there, do you have any answers for us working poor?