One of our employees learned of someone from her hometown who ignored tooth pain for too long and is now fighting for his life. A single father in his mid-thirties, he’s looking to spend at least one year of his life recovering in a nursing home. Even if everything goes smoothly, his life will never be the same.
What he didn’t know: his toothache was more than an ache. It was an infection that had spread down his neck, through his chest, and around his heart and lungs, leaving him in critical condition. After surgery to remove the infection, he is now looking at cosmetic surgery to repair any soft tissue damage. Though he’ll be in a nursing home for only a year, he’s looking at multiple years of recovery. An expected estimation of cost due to medical bills is $500,000 to $700,000.
If you ever suffer from dental discomfort, please don’t ignore it: your teeth are sending signals that something serious needs attention. If this individual would have seen his dentist, spending as little as $2000 (depending on the tooth), everything he’s going through now could have been avoided. We can avoid so many scary health and financial problems with excellent oral health.