I agree. I knocked out my two front teeth when I had spinal stenisos (disc pressure on spine) at the cervical (neck) level: this caused my hands, arms,lets and feet to become paralyzed. I tripped in the shower, knocked out my two front teeth. Before my surgery to correct this, and after, my neurosurgeon noted my missing two front teeth. It was 9 months before I was "okayed" to have dental work due to the titanum and bone grafts in my neck: it would have made the surgery fail. Thus, when finally cleared for dental work, my teeth were a mess: once one or two fall out, teeth will move, bridges fall out, abcessess develop. Mow I must have almost all of my teeth pulled and plates made - about $3,000 which I can ill afford right now. On the other hand if I do NOT have the dental work done, I will not only look awful (making it impossible to return to my work as a broadcaster, get off medciare soc/security disability, but will meam my overall health will deteriorate due to poor nutrition. Can't chew!
Any health care reform must address issues like these. Teeth are NOT optional. You are born with them. Is as though Medicare is saying, we'll remove your kidneys, but dialysis..forget it.