April 26, 2012
In a continuation of yesterday's column on dental care, I'll have you know that as a mom I have always tried to get my kids to brush properly and floss regularly. I've provided musical toothbrushes and flossers shaped like dinosaurs. Yesterday's cavity filling escapade was one of my best teachable moments to date. Thankfully, I have dental insurance and I know how to maximize my benefits however, they max out at $1,500.00. My daughter needs to have all four wisdom teeth taken out, so I pre-certified the procedure, maxed out my benefits and now whatever work needs happen will be my full responsibility. If I go to a provider in network my price point gets a break. In addition to wisdom teeth, my daughter had five cavities to fill; these would be at my cost, no insurance was left. At approximately $300 a cavity this momma was in store for quite a few frequent flier points to be added onto her charge card account, and this daughter would receive the flossing lesson she will hopefully ever forget.
At sixteen, my kid has a clear understanding of value. In comparing this cost to her guitar lessons, clothes, activities and other things her view has changed and my plan for her accountability is understood that dental care needs to go beyond mouthwash and that rinsing out the sink and throwing the floss into the waste can is included. For the next month I need proof that this is happening while another area of life absorbs this ridiculous cost. I'm banking on this.
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• www.motherswithattitude.com: written by a mother who adopted kids with special needs from Russia.
•www.thismom.blogs.com: written by a mother home schooling her child who has As- perger's Syndrome
• www.soaringwords.org: aimed at helping kids with chronic illnesses.
•www.Autismvox.com: A Ph.D. blogs about life with her autistic son.
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