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Dental damn 

To the editor,

I was listening to the radio on my way to the dentist in order to have a broken filling taken care of when I heard a piece on our health care problems. There was to be a special two-day symposium on what could be done to save a system that is collapsing under the weight of an aging population.

That was more than a year ago. The broken filling is now in need of a root canal, but I cancelled yet another appointment when the dental office called me the day before to tell me there was a $50 consultation fee that was not covered by insurance. I am a single parent and have either had the money, but no transportation or babysitting, or vice versa.

We know that dental problems lead to heart disease and other serious and costly heath concerns. Yet it is not covered by health care. Why?

There are those who say the cost would be too great if every Canadian got their teeth cleaned twice a year, but if you consider the employment created and the diseases prevented, it's easy to see the price is small compared to the gain.

And who would abuse the right to go to the dentist? Unlike a visit to the doctor, which can provide a lonely individual ten minutes of company and a sympathetic ear, a dental visit is dreaded by almost all.

By Laila Moysey


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