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My poor boyfriend has a ton of things wrong with his teeth, alot of them painful. The thing is he doesn't have insurance because his mom is older, disabled, and can't work. His public aid ran out when he graduated(a couple months ago) and now he's stuck. This seems so unfair to me and I keep thinking that there has to be something he can do, short of paying for it himself. (WHOA thats a lotta money!) Does anyone know of another answer or some kind of help when it comes to paying for medical care? I'd really appreciate it, I just can't stand to see the poor boy suffer.


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Since health services depend so much on where you live (argh to the US for not having free, complete public healthcare for everyone), I can't say for sure what you can do, other than contacting social services in your area for inexpensive local clinics, etc.

However, when it comes to dental care, when I was younger before my family's health insurance included dental care, we would go get our teeth cleaned by the local community college's dental hygienst students.

Granted all they would do was polish your teeth, apply sealant, etc. but it was better than nothing for us– we would have had to see a dentist if we had had a cavity or extreme pain.

It was overall an unpleasant experience, as it'd take like three hours 'cause they'd have to have their professor double-check everything– especially when compared to the 15 minutes it takes nowadays at the dentist's– but it was free. The particular place has started charging a small fee, like $25 per visit, so definitely check that out first.

If your boyfriend is in pain right now, this won't be of really any help right now, but is worth checking out in the future.

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I know my dentist has a sliding scale. It requires a some paperwork such as proof of income so it may take him some time to get in if it is indeed available. I don't know how common this is but it's definitely worth looking into.

Good luck!

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i dont know if u can afford this but there is a new trend where people r doing dental tourism .this especially in india .you can go as a tourist to india and while ur there u can get ur teeth fixed very cheaply .then whole expense of travellin and visiting the dentist is supposed to be cheaper than getting the work done in england or usa .i read this in a news paper . in india getting a tooth filled could cost u around Rs100 to Rs300 which would be approx $2 to $6 exchange rate being $1=Rs50 and a root canal+capping around Rs3000 varies acc to materials used. the doctors are very efficient .of course u have to find someone reputed.hope this helps u.

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I have to say that I have had REALLY bad experiences with dental school care/low-income dental clinic care. Now, it's possible I just had bad luck and it's a fluke, but in general, I've found that it's better to simply make arrangements with a private dentist who is willing to take payments over time, and adjust their scale some (the last one I found not only lett me pay over a six-month-period, he also discounted my fees by a good 50%).

But part of becoming an adult is about paying for your own healthcare or finding a job which provides insurance. And yes, in a privatized system healthcare is costly, and yes, what's provided for low-incomes tends to truly stink. And yes, lots of us unfortunatly will have to work very hard to pay for healthcare when we need it. That's just -- sadly -- the way it goes.

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also, keep in mind that a lot of people don't have dental coverage. like, a real lot of people. it's expensive, and it can be hard to get unless your employer offers it.

so a lot of dentists are understanding about this predicament, because it's so common, and it shouldn't be dramatically difficult for your boy to find one he can make arrangements with.


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