A Personal Story: Paying the Rest of My Life – Janet and Sondra, Enfield

Janet is 53, lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, and has never had dental insurance. She has a top plate denture years ago which her mother bought for her. She only has her front bottom teeth, the back ones are gone, and she knows that those front ones are slowly rotting away. She just can’t afford to get to a dentist to fix them. “It’s only a matter of time before someone goes very wrong.” Janet’s daughter, Sondra, 37, is disabled and has no dental insurance. Recently, she had to have teeth pulled and a partial bridge, which was going to cost $3,000. The only way she was able to do it was by taking out a loan which her uncle co-signed for her. One of the side effects of a medication Sondra takes is that it weakens her teeth, so Janet is worried for her daughter’s future dental needs. “And I don’t make enough money to help her.” Sondra said to Janet recently: “I’ll be paying for my teeth for the rest of my life, mom.”

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