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There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world

Some interesting social observations:

‘Don’t get fooled by those mangled teeth she sports on camera!’ says the ABC News host introducing the woman who plays Pennsatucky. ‘Taryn Manning is one beautiful and talented actress.’ This suggestion that bad teeth and talent, in particular, are mutually exclusive betrays our broad, unexamined bigotry toward those long known, tellingly, as ‘white trash.’ It’s become less acceptable in recent decades to make racist or sexist statements, but blatant classism generally goes unchecked.

Source: There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world | Aeon Essays

This long essay includes some astute observations as well as a long tale of dental woes. The author’s poor dental condition leads to both pain and shame. She makes the accurate observation that people with ugly, unhealthy mouths are shunned in America. They are seen to be low class and are mocked.

Her dental problems and the problems of her family members she describes are horrific. She indicates that the major issue that lead to the problems is money and that more dental insurance would make the difference. However the dental problems she talks about are major and expensive issues that dental insurance would not cover to any significant extent. Hers is a common misunderstanding regarding dental coverage.

Never the less her observations regarding the stigma of bad teeth in America are right on.

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