Why Suffer the Shame of Bad Teeth?

An insightful article by Kansas-born journalist Sarah Smarsh in online magazine Aeon entitled The Shame of Poor Teeth illustrates how “bad” teeth have come to be viewed in our selfie society as connoting poverty, lack of initiative, lack of privilege and education, and even lack of talent. Fans of Orange is the New Black know Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett‘s gnarled, chipped and grey teeth were the embodiment of her drug addict character’s hostility and malicious intent. As the author writes, “If the eyes are the soul’s windows, its door is the mouth – the fence across which pass food, drink, words, our very breath.”

Only 50% of Americans have dental insurance

Ms. Smarsh challenges the view that people with bad teeth have somehow chosen that shortcoming when it could have been easily avoided. Ms. Smarsh points out that poor dental care and compromised teeth are often a result of lack of funds, no dental insurance, or lack of access–the US Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 45 million people living in rural or impoverished areas are plagued by a shortage of dentists.

The US population is about 250 million people. An estimated 126 million—about half—do not have dental coverage according to the US National Association of Dental Plans. Those who have some type of dental insurance plan can expect most routine cleanings to be covered, but insurance carriers may offer only from 20-50% on other more involved dentistry.

As Ms. Smarsh writes, “Poor teeth, I knew, beget not just shame but more poorness: people with bad teeth have a harder time getting jobs and other opportunities. People without jobs are poor. Poor people can’t access dentistry – and so goes the cycle.”

Teeth whitening, veneers, crowns are affordable solutions

Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick know the value of a well-cared for set of teeth and the wonderful smile that results. For better or worse, we are judged by our appearances, and our smiles are the first and most obvious display of who we are both socially and professionally. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we continually strive to bring the finest in cosmetic dentistry to our clients at the most affordable pricing–including laser teeth whitening, veneers and up to $2000 off same day dental implants.

Call our Rocky Point office in Suffolk County, NY at 631-246-4992 to arrange a free consultation so we can develop a plan to work within your financial parameters. We are here to give you the care you need before your dental problems get far worse.

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