posted on Mar, 1 2007 @ 10:18 AM
Just want to say this was a sad, sad story. I'm fortunate to have a dentist who allows me and my family a payment plan for our dental needs.
I also want to say it is not always a matter of brushing your teeth, while preventative care is essential some people have a propensity to have bad
teeth. I was tortured with them for years, filling after filling and then root canals and then caps and then the caps would have problems, like
falling off continually, or the root would degrade and a post would have to be implanted, on and on, for thirty-seven years until my husband said get
a plate. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
A solution, perhaps we could foot the education bills of graduates who then will commit to community service for a number of years. Not only would
these young professional gain experience, they would probably see a multitude of clients with diverse needs. Exempt them from malpractice, set up an
oversight group which would be pick the best and the brightest to partake in this program. I know there are programs like this for teachers, nurses
and probably doctors and dentists too, but they have to be promoted. Educators and parents would have to step up and find out about these programs and
give their children an opportunity to enroll. I'm amazed that we can just set back and let people fall through the cracks and then we are all
horrified that something like this happens. I've been guilty myself, but if I can help just one person it is my responsibility to try.