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Old 06-08-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Moral conflict...

I really don't know where to post this, but my teeth used to be OK...not outstanding, but healthy and acceptable. But by age 62, they are worn out. The enamel is gone off my front teeth, and the composite repair did not last.
Most of my back teeth have already been capped, thanks to insurance, but now we have no insurance and are going to pay for it out of our own pocket.
That means 8 porcelain crowns for my front teeth, which will cost $6,000.

Here's the thing...I started doing my math, and I could feed a family of four for a year on 6 grand.

So how vain am I, really?

What do you all think I shoud do?

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Old 06-08-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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Nonsense! It's your health. Bad teeth, especially your front teeth, will adversely affect both your physical and psychological well being, could affect your eating, possibly cause infections, and shorten your life. The longer you put it off, the more it will cost to repair -- crowns are cheaper than implants. Do it!
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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Connie, look at it like this, you take care of your car,if you don't change the oil, keep air in the tires the wear and tear on the car will eventually make it useless...So, your mouth is very important and to keep YOUR motor running in good health, get those teeth fixed..do it a little at a time or make an agreement with the dentist..If he is a good one he will work with you.You will not stay healthy if you don't stay in good repair...
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:50 PM   #4
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Well, it isn't that I can't afford it...I just feel guilty about spending the money on myself, when there are so many people starving on this planet.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:57 PM   #5
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Well, it isn't that I can't afford it...I just feel guilty about spending the money on myself, when there are so many people starving on this planet.
That is like what my mom use to tell me to get me to eat stuff I hated..Think about all the poor kids in? As I got older I got smarter, my answer, won't that food spoil in the mail? Connie, having to be hospitalized would cost you far far more...Take care NOW
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:26 AM   #6
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Connie, You do a lot for people - I have seen great evidence of that here. Now please, do something for you! If you don't have good teeth it will affect YOUR eating and you want to be in good health to continue your good deeds. Please look after your teeth.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:18 AM   #7
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Connie, it is indeed impossible for you to save the world's starving and less fortunate. To help others is what we should all strive to do. But in order to help others, you must first be in sufficiently good help to off that help. You have one of a couple of choices; take care of your teeth now, or spend more money later for full dentures, or some other prosthetic device. You have a responsibility to take care of yourself, to not become a burden on others due to self-neglect. One who becomes a burden from circumstances beyond their control is one thing. But to choose to burden someone else, and that is what could happen, is just wrong. There is no moral issue. And besides, vanity isn't why you need good teeth. Good health is.

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Old 06-09-2009, 01:56 AM   #8
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Connie,
I have to have my teeth cleaned every 3 months because I am diabetic...it runs $220.00 each time ( no insurance) but healthy teeth are very important so please listen to the great advice you have been given.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:59 AM   #9
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they're very important! you can get very ill from an unhealthy mouth.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:20 AM   #10
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Connie, would you buy braces for one of your kids/grandkids if they needed them? Its not just a cosmetic procedure, its to maintain your health. Now if you were talking tummy tuck or something that might be different, but dental health is quite critical to keeping the rest of your body healthy. Go for it!
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