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Sir, you have a nasty cavity there. Brushing teeth alone will not remove debris from between your teeth. It is of the utmost importance that you start flossing immediately in order to save those teeth and gums! After a few visits to the dentist, I'm sure you'll have that dazzling white smile again!

See what happens when you pig out on those Happy Meals just to get your hands on those Neopets!

Sniff, sniff! Oh my!

Dear Live Journal friends, do you floss? How often do you brush your teeth and visit your dentist?

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Feb. 5th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
you're one sick little girl ;) :P
Feb. 5th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I know. Quick, call a shrink!
Feb. 5th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
Sadly, dental care is something poor people don't have access to. :(

Feb. 5th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Well, you've opened up a whole new can of worms, and I'm glad you did. I would very much like for anyone who reads the link you've shared, to give their input on the subject of health care insurance in the United States, and especially when it comes to teeth.

Poetpaladin, you’ve got my mind going a mile a minute, and I would like to know more about what your (and everyone else’s) thoughts are about it. I found that link to be mind-boggling!

Feb. 5th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I think universal health care would be an interesting thing. Coverage for children of American citizens.

Every citizen given the choice to opt in or out out upon becoming 21. Able to opt out at any time, but never to opt in again, once opted out.

But how much to charge, and how to run it efficiently as a business, not as a government service bleeding to death?
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm confused.

"Able to opt out at any time, but never to opt in again, once opted out."

Why never to opt back in, once opted out?
Feb. 6th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Imagine someone who wanted to opt out of universal health care so they wouldn't have to pay the monthly premiums.

Then when they got really sick and couldn't afford expensive care, they wanted to opt back in.
Feb. 6th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
I see. It just wouldn't be fair, huh?

I found this on the internet:

Conclusion: Corporations are able to buy politicians through our campaign finance system and control the media to convince people that corporate health care is democratic, represents freedom, and is the most efficient system for delivering health care.

I don't think there's any hope for those who don't have the means to buy health insurance, huh?

I hope I didn't offend anybody by making jest of the pics I posted. Did I upset you?

I never stopped to think that there are people who have bad teeth because they were never able to go to a dentist.

I mean, there were 5 of us kids, and in the beginning, my family barely made ends meet. But, what saved us was the fact that we lived right across the border. My mom would take us to the dentist once a year, but it was very affordable. Still is. Although, I have medical insurance, I go there for whatever ails me. It's much cheaper. Medications over there are sinfully cheap, and if you should need an antibiotic, all you have to do is go directly to the pharmacist. The pharmacist has even given me iron shots because I'm prone to anemia. I won't even tell you what he charges because you won't believe it's possible. Buying food is another great reason to drive over there.

The only prices I have to pay when I go over there, is to program my nerves to become like steel, because the traffic is horrendous, or to bribe a cop (mordelon) with a buck or two so he won't take me and my car to the boonies for running a red light or speeding, or wait in line for sometimes up to 3 hours to get back across. But, I love the thrill of driving over there and coming out of it in one piece! Anyway, I think its well worth it.
Feb. 6th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot to read. And, you have two links here that I've skimmed over. But, my whole thing is that providing health care to citizens is socialism. And, I'm against that. I am against our citizens being dependent on the government in any way, shape, or form. We are suppose to be a free nation full of self-governing individuals. And, I don't see that. That's what pisses me off about this country.

But before I go off on a rant about that, I do think that all full time employees should receive health care which is provided by the company, but to a certain degree of course. Anything more is the responsibility of the employee.

Also, if there are citizens who are not eligible for this type of coverage because they work part time jobs, and work more than one job part time, then I believe a non-profit organization would solve the problem. That way, these people get the prices big companies offier full timers because the health care coverage is bought in bulk.

I'm not really sure how it all works. But, I know if people just got together and started governing themselves better, then they wouldn't need the federal government to step in on their behalf as if they were some second class citizens. In this country, you have the same rights and privilages as anyone else. Why isn't that good enough?
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
This article is very comprehensive and equally interesting. Thanks for the reference.

There are so many factors affecting the quality of medical care and insurance for everyone in our country. Among the factors that I see are:

1, the medical industries business interests of making money and having minimal government control

2. politicians who are so dependent on donations from businesses and other organizations that they are pretty much handsoff on big business and other large organizations

3. political philosophies ranging from ultra-conservative to ultra-liberal affecting whether control should be by government or private business, and differing greatly on who should be covered

4. a problem so huge that is it near impossible to work on any comprehensive plan even if one could be agreed on,

5. and citizens whose opinions vary extensively in terms of who deserves coverage and how much coverage they deserve.

Some of the opinions I hear from various friends indicate that the average income people both working and retired feel that the politicians are unwilling to take any steps to realistically solve the problems facing those of us WITH insurance are having of constanly increasaing costs and diminishing coverage.

I also think many of us are exposed to the abuses that we perceive by some on Medicaid. And we are also exposed to some doctors charging exhoritant fees compared to others. We also see a government that seems to always protect and favor drug companies.

It occurred to me as i read the article that with all the talk about Health Savings Accounts and the generally higher costs for senior citizens, why are we not allowed to put some of our Social Security and other retirment pay into such accounts. We are certainly allowed (in fact MUST) to pay taxes on this money.

Beyond saying any more I would start ranting about how disorganized and in chaos and unrealistic our government has become. In my 76 years, it has neve been anything like it is currently. So many things our government does make no sense at all.
Feb. 5th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your input. As usual, you leave me in awe.

I once considered myself luck because my job provides me with very good health insurance which also covers dental and medication.

Although, I have this insurance, I go to Juarez, Mexico for most of my medical needs, and that includes going to the dentist. Why? Because it is much cheaper.

I once went to a dentist here in this city and when they quoted me what I would have to pay out of pocket, I was blown away the large amount I'd still have to pay, even when my insurance paid the rest.

As for medication, I go to Mexico to get it. It costs only a few bucks. I stock up on all cold medication, such as Vicks, cough syrup, antibiotics, and the list goes on.

What a shame that so many Americans who have no insurance, have to do without medical treatment because of the outrageous costs.

I will continue posting my ideas on this subject.
Feb. 5th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
Those pictures ought to convince anyone to take care of their teeth.
Feb. 5th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
I know, but this entry I've made today, has brought up some different issues on the subject. Please read the link one of my LJ friend's left. I sure would like your opinion on it.
Feb. 5th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't floss.
I try to brush my teeth once a day, but fail rather often.
And I'm not insured in any way, shape, or form, so you'll never get me to go to the dentist. Lack of money prevents me from acquiring stability in healthcare.
Feb. 5th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: -
You and Poetpaladin have brought up a subject which I'm very interested in. Please read my reply to him. I would like your input, also.
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: -
At the very least I would suggest brushing teeth and tongue at night, and then flossing after brushing, then using Listerine mouth wash for 30 seconds, then spitting it out but not rinsing your mouth until 5 minutes afterwards so the anti-bacterial fluids get a chance for continued action.

If you can afford scaling and root planing once every few months, even better.
Feb. 6th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
heh, i'm one of the many who can't afford health insurance, and my employer doesn't offer any.
Feb. 6th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm starting to really believe that this is a 3RD WORLD COUNTRY when it comes to medical for its citizens.

I'm so disappointed:

Well, you do everything in your power to stay healthy! Never smoke and have a drink for social occasions only! And exercise and keep away from fats and eat lots of fruit and vegetables and don't forget you multiple vitamin! Oh, how I love you my friend!
Feb. 6th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
not me, i smoke like a chimney, drink like a fish, eat lots ofmeat and cheese and hardly any veggies, i do take a multi vitamin though, and i'm healthy as an ox! (big as one too though)
Feb. 6th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
I brush in the morning and I brush at night.

I've never flossed in my life and everytime I've gone to the dentist, they say I take really good care of my teeth. Somehow brushing my teeth is all I need to do OMG, lol... which reminds me, it would piss off my brother so much too because I'd spend like a third of the time brushing my teeth while he just scrubbed and scrubbed away. And, the dentist would always compliment me on my teeth. Pissed my brother off. :D

Also, I didn't even get my wisdom teeth pulled. I've never had a cavity either. All I've ever needed done was fix a chipped tooth when I was a kid and apply sealent(sp) when I was 18 so I don't get cavities. Other than that, my teeth are healthy. :D

But, I haven't been to a dentist in like 2 years. I really should make an appointment.
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