The New York Times’ “Well” section recently published an article entitled, “What Dentists Wish You Knew,” which listed five points. We found them to be a somewhat odd and incomplete collection. We list the Times' offerings, with our commentary and some bonus suggestions of our own.
We visit the dentist almost as much as we see physicians. But insurance coverage for dental care for many of us is non-existent. Congress is quietly, to this point, thinking of changing that situation.
Experts on dental health fraud suspect that over a billion dollars a year is spent on dubious, unnecessary, and poor-quality dentistry. Dental diseases are among the most common ailments in the United States, accounting for over $70 billion in bills. The majority of dentists work in the privacy of their own office where they usually are not subject to review by knowledgeable colleagues.