Man Shares How Improving His Smile Changed His Life.
Growing up poor had taught him that he had to save money on more important things.
So, he was a little apprehensive about getting his teeth fixed. Then again, his teeth were in such poor condition that he had rarely cracked a smile during one of the most important events of his life like prom and his college graduations.
In a lot of his photos, he awkwardly smiled with his lips tightly pursed together.
He refused to show his teeth even when he proposed to someone or when he got the papers he needed to run for city council. It wasn´t that he wasn´t happy in those photos, but he had some serious issues with his self-image.
The thought of spending so much on treatment also made him feel ashamed of getting braces.
Being self-conscious about his looks and the shame he felt with smiling deepened his depression. But after his last dental appointment, he cried with relief after decades of feeling like an outsider because of his teeth.
In this Twitter thread, he claims that “dental care is health care is mental care.”
He considers that denying people proper insurance that covers all types of care is the side effect of capitalism and that there´s no excuse for it. Sadly, about 23 percent of Americans, which is about 74 million people have no dental coverage according to Industry statistics.
The American Dental Association believes that about 40 percent of adults have the same excuse.
People tend to avoid the dentist’s office because they simply don´t have the money to get started on their treatment. But proper dental work doesn´t just provide patients with a healthy smile, but also corrects other issues like overbites and makes teeth easier to clean.
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