People Are Losing Teeth; a poem by Cari Griffo

This poem represents my frustration for patients who can’t afford dental treatment due to our health care system.

I wrote this poem over twenty years ago but it still holds true to my frustration in witnessing patients inability to afford dental treatment. As I perform throughout the years, I increase the cost of a root canal from the original $800 to the current price.

Even in countries with universal health care, there are only five countries in the world which offer full dental coverage. As we discover more every day the link of periodontal disease to other diseases in our body it is difficult to understand how oral health can be compartmentalized as a separate entity from overall health. See my blog, New Study; Gingivitis Causes Alzheimer’s.

Oral health is whole body health. I look forward to the day where oral health is inclusive in general health and accessibility to treatment is a right for all.

People are Losing Teeth a poem by Cari Griffo

Author: Cari

Cari has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 30 years. She received her degree with honors and was selected for a rare internship at Eastman Dental School, Rochester, NY. She then went on to receive a BS in Social Work from Nazareth College, cum laude. She has practiced in a variety of offices in Santa Fe for almost 25 years, with dental hygiene experience that has spanned from public health to holistic private practice, to specializing in dental phobic patients. Her commitment to research with a life-long desire to learn is combined with her genuine drive to provide patients with a whole health knowledge base. Cari also brings her experience as a published writer to her role as an oral health blogger. She has written blogs and web pages for Beyond Borders Dental in her role as Director of Dental Relations and Education.

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