Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on June 13, 2013 @ 11:51PM
Created on June 13, 2013 @ 8:21PM
It appears that bad teeth have an effect on more than your physical health and self esteem. Your appearance, especially your smile, can have a major impact on whether or not you get hired for a job. While you may know this you might not be able to afford to take care of the problem.
As dental care costs rise more people are struggling to pay for it. Employers say poor dental health can effect those looking for work, especially in fields where workers have to engage in social interaction. Many people wait until the last minute to get their teeth worked on because they can't afford it. There are things you can do to make sure you maintain your dental health, but brushing your teeth and flossing regularly might not be enough.
Local dentist Dr. Wilson Martino said, "You have to go to the dentist. I think it's a lot more affordable than people think. I think as healthcare prices rise dentistry has really stayed actually affordable."
Dr. Martino also said if you have trouble paying for dental care many dentists are willing to try and work with you. People have many opinions about whether or not there's enough access to quality dental care. We spoke with local residents on Thursday to see if they think there is enough access for better dental care.
"Most people would take better care of their teeth if they had the opportunity. Lots of times, especially in a state like West Virginia where the economies not that great, you have people that wait until the last minute to go get their teeth worked on because they don't have adequate health insurance," said Beckley resident James Jones.
Dooddridge County resident Doit Koppler said, " You should have good dental hygiene anyway. If you take care of your mouth and do preventive dentistry like you should it shouldn't be a major problem."
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Jun 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Thanks, for editing that.
Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Proper use of the words effect and affect should affect your employment.