Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nationalized dentistry

The Guardian (UK) reports on the state of socialized dentistry in Britain:
Large numbers of people are going without dental treatment and some even report extracting their own teeth because they cannot find an NHS dentist in their area, a survey reveals today.
The survey found some innovative self-treatments:
6% of the respondents said they were self-treating, which often included pulling out their own troublesome teeth. "Fourteen teeth have had to be removed by myself using pliers," said one Lancashire respondent. ....

Some of the respondents show considerable ingenuity. "Filled own teeth - clove oil and Polyfilla," said one in Essex. Another fixed a crown with Superglue and a third used a screwdriver to scrape off plaque.

When will Sen. Clinton expand her plan to include dentistry like our betters have across the Atlantic?

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