A Personal Story: No Proud Smile – Joan, Plainfield

Joan lives in Plainfield, New Hampshire. This is her story:

It has been over 10 years since I have been able to go to the dentist due to no insurance and the cost of dental care. I have broken teeth in the back as well as a bunch of cavities. I am able to get my health care needs taken care of by a local medical clinic, but I don’t live in an area with access to a dental clinic. Since I have no dependent children, I am unable to get any help from the state of New Hampshire.

Oh, what I would give to be able to get my teeth fixed! And to be proud of my smile. I withdraw from showing my teeth when I smile because of the cavities in my front teeth.

I am an unpaid worker for an older man who supplies me with room and board in exchange for taking care of his home and errands. He pays for my medicines, as I am able to get the $10.00 prescription plan at Walmart.

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