Monday, June 07, 2010
I'm due to see the dentist on Thursday to get it devitalised. Fun. I'm living off Codoliprane, anti-inflammatories and anti-biotics at the moment. They are the ones keeping me upright.
Dentists cost an arm and a leg here as well as in the UK. A girl I know says she's at present going out to work to pay for her teeth. She needs €8K worth and puts it down to having a lousy dentist when she was young and then not being able to pay for the best treatments later.
The Mutuelle insurance companies don't reimburse too much so good treatment is reserved for those who can afford it. Seeing as a lot of health problems can arise from bad teeth, it seems strange that so little attention is paid to ensuring the nation has affordable treatment.
When I was young, I used to go for fluoride sessions at the dentist. I'd sit in the chair with a plastic tooth cover filled with paste and have to wait what seemed like hours but I think was about 15minutes for it to do its stuff. Did it work? I'm not sure. It didn't stop me having fillings, that I do know.
When I went to do a post-grad diploma in Bristol in 1993, I was amazed that none of the young students had fillings. They had become a thing of the past. Is that because of adding fluoride to toothpaste? What a great invention!
At my age, all the talk is of crowns. How many crowns do you need/have? At €700 a go, you start not going on holiday so the dentist can enjoy his.
I like my dentist but he hasn't been consistent with friends who've gone to consult him. To the point they won't go back because of treatment that hasn't quite worked. That's the case with my lawyer too. She's fine with me, and says she has my case à coeur (my ex is a case...!), but was awful with a friend I sent.
Makes you think twice about recommending people really which is a shame, cos I love to share the joy...