Last week, I had the good fortune to have a dentist appointment. I know, I know, most people are terrified of going but in the end, it’s not a big deal. But to me, it was a VERY big deal, especially reflecting on it afterward. Here’s why:
1. It took me 2 hours of calling around trying to find which dentist I was assigned to
2. It cost me $0
3. The care I received was exceptional
Number One: the only thing that sucked. Why was I calling around? Well, because I’m now on “Obamacare” while completing school. Why is it something I didn’t mind doing it in the end? Because it’s a super new system – so they’re still figuring it out, and because of number 2 and 3 above.
Number Two: While this appointment cost the state $258, it cost me nothing because I am temporarily not making much while bettering myself so I can give back when I am finally able to. This is where I thank you US citizens paying taxes because maybe $0.01 of your taxes helped pay for the dental care I got. And I appreciate you all for that; not at all taking it for granted!
Number Three: Props to Willamette Dental Group. They treated me just like anyone else: the millionaire up the street or the fellow student at PSU. They gave me great care and attention. Also, their building in Goose Hollow area of downtown Portland is really warm and welcoming. Thanks to the interior designers and workers who work there.
As a final note – if you take good care of your teeth, the dentist will recommend you to come back in a year. No need for 6-month checkups. So all of you out there who hate going to the dentist: another motivation to floss every day and limit sugar.
Thank you American tax payers!