There are three guarantees in life: it will some day come to an end, you will always have to pay taxes and the cost of everything always goes up. It would be nice (especially connecting with the last point) that the hourly minimum wage would go up in accordance with inflation and the overall cost of living increases so people could actually live comfortable lives, but I digress. Whether we like it or not, these are the realities that we must face.
Another reality that is apparent is the cost of medical care; it has been a topic on people’s minds for a long time. Those who reside in Ontario are lucky enough to have Ontario health insurance coverage which provides a range of services and treatments related to the body, except for dental procedures. However, other places around the globe aren’t so lucky when it comes to being covered for any type of medical ailments, including dental. In fact, the approximate cost of dental diseases on a global scale is $442 billion annually. Yes, you read that correctly…almost half a trillion dollars, a year! Why are the costs so high you ask? Part of it is related to the cities and workplaces that do provide medical insurance and the cost that adds to them. The other costs represent the large amount of absenteeism from work for people who may not have the required medical insurance, but need time off to deal with their particular medical issue.
In short, there is no immediate solution to this predicament, however like most things, it starts at home. Establishing good dental and overall health practices is the best way to ward off any type of ailment related to the mouth or otherwise. If you are able to go the dentist on a regular basis, make sure you do so!