Re: Hair vs. Teeth

This post has actually been submitted a short time ago in response to a posted response to my first/opening post on this blog. That post is titled "Dental Industry Hype". 

Response to Anonymous Dentist:

It's been awhile since I started this blog and haven't 'budgeted' the time to get back here. But, at 11.00/hr vs. a Dentists income, I have a lot less 'time' to put into my blog, since I have to scramble everyday to juggle bills and a job and a half to barely stay afloat.

But I digress, I am responding to the anonymous dentist’s comments. So let me see if I get this right. You say Americans spend 10X more on their hair than on their teeth? I'll have to budget the time to look into those figures as well, but since I've already seen the numbers for projected spending this year on Cosmetic Dental work alone, I'll use those numbers here for brevity.

It's estimated that Americans will spend 90 BILLION this year on Cosmetic dental work. So if your numbers are right than they will also spend 900Billion on hair care. I seriously doubt it!!

And I don't know which sex is the vainer of the two when it comes to hair care; I suspect it's a close race between the 'balding men' and the 'crazy doo' women. Both of which I think is a huge waste of time, money and investment in vanity. My daughter tried for years to pick on me for the increasing loss of hair on my part, to no avail. But the increasing loss of teeth is something that is neither funny nor healthy.

And you surmise that Dental Insurance is part of the problem?? Excuse me? I suppose we should just outlaw Dental insurance all together. Than the only folks with good teeth will be those who can afford dental care expenses via out of pocket cash payments. And that would probably just suit the dentist’s just fine. No messy insurance claims to deal with. Nor the rules and oversight that bring into play the 'usual and customary' charges. Hey, than you can charge any amount you want, and there would be no nosy insurance companies or government oversight committees to worry about. It can come down to money talks, and everyone else mumbles thru a crumbling dental condition.

Of course I did state when I started this blog, that a large portion of my current dental condition was my responsibility. So let’s touch on the parts that aren't due to poor hygiene on my part.

I was raised by two parents who had false teeth from as young an age as I can remember. They taught totally incorrect methods of brushing, which by the time I was instructed correctly NOT to brush 'back and forth' horizontally, serious damage had already occurred, that would lead to consequences I didn't foresee much farther in the future.

Add to that a severe punch in the mouth by some thug with brass knuckles at the age of 16 (to what at the time appeared to be a perfect set of teeth), at which time I immediately lost two upper front and center permanent teeth. I also damaged the two teeth directly below them, which eventually died and turned black and needed to be removed.

Add to that 20 years of depression from that and a number of other issues stemming from poor parenting (two alcoholic parents), improper dental care throughout that time and poor insurance coverage included in mostly substandard paying jobs, and I found myself in serious dental trouble 11 years ago.

Since that time, a couple of poor dental treatments, child support and credit collapse due to a job injury; and it's been 11 years of no money left for much needed dental care.

Millions of people suffer similar situations today, after years of substandard care, improper training in childhood and lack of funds to meet their basic needs; forget hyper expensive orthodontic and periodontal services. But as recently stated on an economic newscast, the top 25% of 'America' is doing great (I'm assuming that includes 'Dentists') while the bottom 50% are in serious trouble. Well, after hearing this type of report about the 'working' class in this country since I was a kid, in trouble is more like heading for disaster.

And yes, one of my poor choices is smoking. But let’s not go there. A pack a day costs me about $100/month. So if I quit 4 years ago (when I began to lose the first of the last 14 teeth I've lost since then), I would have saved a total of around $4000, up to today. Well, at around $1000 dollars a tooth for major work, I would still have had to say good bye to 10 of those teeth.

Yea, cancel Dental Insurance altogether; that sounds like a solution for the Dentists, but not the millions struggling to make day to day in this country.

Perhaps the Dentist posting above should ask his lawn care person, housecleaner, burger flipping or laundry attendant service providers if they agree.