A Personal Story: Take from Peter to Pay Paul – Jim, Lebanon

Jim is 74 and lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Jim doesn’t like to go to the dentist, but he does because sometimes he has to. He finds it quite expensive. He doesn’t get cleanings, but does go for extractions. “I wait until I need one out and then I have it out. I had like seven filled when I was in grammar school. It took all these years and I’m slowly losing them one by one. Other than that I’ve got most of them.”

Jim can tell when one of his teeth needs to come out because he gets a tooth ache that he can control with Oragel. When that stops working, he knows he needs the extraction. “If it starts swelling then I know it’s got to be taken out.” Jim calls his dentist, and can usually get in for an appointment right away. An extraction costs around $170. “I pay him when I can, but then it shorts some other person. Take from Peter to pay Paul. Sometimes I have to borrow the money. I have a brother that I can borrow from, I don’t have to pay him interest, so I do it that way.”

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