Hello all! I’m hoping someone’s able to help me, even slightly. I’ve been trying to find a way to afford getting my teeth fixed, but have had no luck doing it myself. I had state dental insurance until 21, but when I finally went in for treatment and tried to get things scheduled at 20 (when I found out I had dental coverage), they were scheduling out past my 21st birthday, so I would’ve had to pay out of pocket for that. As a young woman that is financially independent, that’s just simply not in the books for me.
My dental health has been doomed from the start. I was born to two parents that never cared for their teeth (so never taught us to do so), in a home with “egg water” (extremely high sulfur content), and in a small town that didn’t push dental health in schools. Then, I was placed in foster care and moved from home to home, so none of my medical needs were kept up with due to a lack of communication. Then, when finally adopted, my adoptive parents neglected to take me to the dentist because my teeth were “already so bad” they said there was no hope and no reason to “waste the money”. So here I am, 21 years old, with horrible teeth. My front tooth broke in half last year, and I have a feeling the one next to it is going to start decaying worse soon. I have all 4 wisdom teeth still that cause me endless migraines, and who knows how many cavities. I don’t have an exact number yet, but I can tell you that I’m making an effort of my own. I’ve cut out soda, as much sugar as I can from my diet, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, I don’t chew gum, eat hard candies… I try to avoid anything I can that could further harm my teeth. I’ve started brushing and flossing 3 times a day, even carrying a travel kit with me to brush and floss after lunch. I use the “listerine method” I found online, where a dentist suggested brushing your entire mouth and guns with straight listerine after brushing your teeth every night. I use a water pick at night to get every tiny speck of food out of my gums. I’m trying.
I just want my smile back.
I want to be able to laugh at jokes, speak to customers, go on job interviews without covering my mouth.
I want to feel beautiful again just by smiling.
I hope someone out there is able to sympathize with me and help me out. Even just slightly.
Thank you for your time.
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