Can you imagine walking around with a painful cavity and not taking care of it because you’re fearful it will cost too much? That was me. Remember when we were kids and they told us all the time to take really good care of our teeth? Not saying I wasn’t listening, but you know, maybe I wasn’t as diligent as I should have been. Hindsight is 20/20 eh?
Still got to deal with those pearly whites one way or another. Here lies the problem. In the era of ‘no-longer-the president-care,’ dental visits have become a luxury for some, particularly for the self-employed. Just to have ones teeth cleaned is one thing, but any dental work that needs to be performed may need to be financed. Oh and don’t worry, they can do that, “You can finance anything these days.” Says the used car salesman. My plan, ‘I’ll just try to keep my teeth real clean from here on out and see if they hold up. Maybe the pain will go away?’
Then one afternoon along comes my old neighbor Ross. Now he is old, 88 years young and going strong, but just for clarification, I call him my ‘old’ neighbor because we no longer live next to each other. Funny. Anyway, we get to talkin and he mentions he has been getting his teeth worked on. “Where?” I ask. “Midwestern University over in Glendale” he says. ‘Huh? What’s that all about I wonder?’ He begins to tell me about the Dental Training program they have for their students and how you and me, the public, can get our teeth treated by the students under the very watchful eye of the dental professionals who teach at the school. And because they are students, the cost is deeply discounted. “Well” I say, “sign me up!”
It’s been a few months since I started going to Midwestern. A couple of fantastic dentists-in-training, Alex a 4th year student and Roya a 3rd year student, have been helping me get my mouth in order. In fact, that very first visit they had to pull that painful molar. Like I said, knew there was an issue. Felt very fortunate to get it taken care of. And it wasn’t like I walked in and a couple students said, “Oh, we’re going to pull that tooth.” Everything they did, they consulted with one of their teachers/doctors. And when it came to pulling the tooth, there was a dental surgeon from Banner at hand. Really, aside from my tooth being pulled, it was the best dental care I have ever received. First class all the way.
The other good news, it was a fraction of what a dentist would have charged me. Will be meeting with Alex and Roya in the coming weeks to put together a game plan for my mouth going forward. What a relief! Attached link below for more information.
Lastly, on the property front: Want to remind everyone that with the pending frost season upon us, it might be worth the time to put pipe insulators around the irrigation relief valve near your water main. See picture:
The copper pipes running to and fro should have a foam pipe insulator around them. The pressure relief valve (top with round cap) has a couple plastic inserts that will crack if we get any kind of a deep freeze. Does happen every couple years or so. If it does crack, generally the whole relief valve has to be replaced. Can cost as much as $200-$300 bucks to repair. Easy to avoid with some $5 insulators from Home Depot.