A Personal Story: Chipping Away at the Issues – Jesse, Enfield

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Jesse lives in Enfield, New Hampshire. This is his story:

Fonda’s son Jesse was on her dental insurance until he was 18 years old. When he was around 21, he had a bicycle accident and he broke his jaw. His teeth were never the same after that. He owned his own business at the time, and he was too old to be on Fonda’s dental plan and couldn’t afford his own, so he didn’t have any dental insurance. A few years later, he also ended up with impacted wisdom teeth. The work he needed done amounted to thousands of dollars; money he just didn’t have. For five years he suffered with the pain. It wasn’t until he closed his own business and went to work for someone else that he finally had dental insurance again. Now he’s chipping away at his dental issues, fixing things one at a time, hoping to save as many of his teeth as is possible.

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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