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Many who skipped dental visits in the recession now face pricey procedures

from The Palm Beach Post

When the economy tanked and some people felt they had to choose between their groceries and their gums, many went with the groceries and skipped those dental cleanings and checkups. Now, some dentists locally and nationally are reporting a modest return to the waiting room. But few returnees are smiling. What was once a cavity is now a root canal. What was once a minor inconvenience (with, say, a $150 price tag for the cavity) is now a larger health problem that requires intervention (and can cost $1,000 or more). More than one-third of Americans opted not to see a dentist in 2008, according to a Kaiser tracking survey. It was the second-most popular way people tried to cut their health care costs. The most popular way: refraining from doctor visits by trying home remedies or over-the-counter drugs. more


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