A Personal Story: Avoiding It – Amber, Fairlee

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After five years of no dental care, Amber finally got a job with both health and dental insurance and immediately scheduled an appointment with a dentist. She found out that she had three cavities and needed a root canal. Even with insurance, Amber had to take out a credit card for dental care to pay the $1,500 for the procedure. Because the interest rate was exorbitant, she worked hard to pay the bill off in five months.

Amber took a job overseas (ironically, working in the healthcare field to establish services for underserved populations.) A tooth chipped while she was out of the country, and now that she’s back in Vermont, she needs to get it checked, but she is between jobs and, again, doesn’t have any dental insurance. “I know I need to go back (to the dentist), but I’m avoiding it because I don’t want them to find something because I can’t get it fixed. Even if I could take out a loan, I couldn’t pay it back.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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