A Personal Story: Preventive Care – Roger, West Lebanon

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Roger lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. His story is pretty simple, really; he’d just like to get his teeth checked. It’s been a long time since he’s been to a dentist. He’s not in any pain, he hasn’t got any loose teeth or any obvious, glaring dental problems. He’d just like to stay healthy, and he knows that checkups are pretty important. Problem is, he just can’t afford it. Roger lives on his social security income; he’s got Medicare, but that’s no help when it comes to dental expenses. He rides his bike all over town, he’s a regular at community dinners, and he does everything he can think of to make his budget stretch from month to month. But he hasn’t got $100 to spare for a dental exam, or $50, or anything close to it. “I just can’t afford it,” he says. “It’s that simple.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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