Q: Why are poor people toothless?
A: Because they can’t afford a dentist.
Q: Isn’t there free dental care for the poor?
Q: If there is free dental care for the poor, why are the poor toothless?
A: Because dental care for the poor means "we pull out the teeth of poor people."
Just before I flew to Seattle for my Mom’s b’day, I went to the dentist. I had an abscessed tooth, and needed more than $2,000 in work done to fix it, get bridge work or implants done, etc. The dentist said "I don’t want to send you off to Seattle with a missing tooth, so here are some anti-biotic pills to take if the infection gets painful before you return. When you get back, we will get to work on you" I got back, sat in the dentist chair, and just before they started working a lady sat down and said, "before we begin, we need payment of several hundred dollars."
I didn’t have several hundred dollars. They told me to come back when I had it. That was May. This is July. Being poor, I went to the poor people’s dental clinic. I sat down, got the xrays, and the dentist said "I don’t do abscesses. Which tooth do you want pulled first?"
"I didn’t come here because I wanted all my teeth pulled out. I came here because I have an abscessed tooth."
"Well, I’ll pull this one to start with," she said, and pulled out a tooth.
It wasn’t the one with the abscess.
I now have one less tooth, and I’m taking those anti-biotics by the hand full.
If you are poor, don’t expect bridge work or implants. Free dental means they yank em out. Period. Soon, you can call me "gummy."