In the US, Not Much Wisdom About Teeth


As a grad student without dental insurance, Jess Stoner received “an almost-affordable root canal from student dentists” in a room full of twenty other uninsured patients.

Listening to the whimpers of pained strangers, I learned an incredibly important lesson I have never forgotten: We’re all fucked.

Read her essay on the shocking state of dental care in the United States (“25% of Americans ages 65 and older…already have lost all of their teeth”) at the Morning News.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →