A Personal Story: Pediatric Care – Kate and Eva, Lyme

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When Kate’s daughter, Eva, was six, the family dentist saw that she had six cavities in between her molars that needed filling. Because of her age, the fact that her teeth were close together, and the number of cavities, the family dentist did not want to do the work. The pediatric dentist he recommended was in Manchester, New Hampshire. Kate looked for one closer, but could not find one she was comfortable with. She and her daughter made the 2 ½ hour round trip drive at least four times during the year Eva was in Kindergarten. The dentist would only schedule young children in the morning, so every trip meant that Eva had to miss a full day of school. By the end of the school year, her teacher was concerned about the number of school days she was missing. With the extra time and the expense of paying for gas, Kate said, “It definitely was not convenient,” but on the up side, “(Eva) is still positive about the whole thing.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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