NEW YORK — New York City dental care has a problem: People with a chronic dental disease don’t have enough time to get their teeth fixed.
So when a young woman with a history of cavities decided to take her teeth in-person at a doctor’s office in the heart of Manhattan, she was surprised to find that a doctor there didn’t know her, according to a New York Times article that appeared online Friday.
The story was based on an interview with the woman, who said she had chronic dental problems, including tooth decay and gum disease.
She said she was told she needed a dentist’s appointment when she was 18.
It wasn’t until she was in her late 20s that the dental clinic decided to give her a visit.
She didn’t think twice about it.
The woman, now 30, didn’t want to give the name of the clinic that helped her with her dental problems.
But the woman said it’s a place where they give you a prescription for toothpaste, which she says is much better than the alternative.
The clinic doesn’t use fluoride.
The woman said she does not think fluoride is harmful.
But she did say that her dentist’s office is a big enough operation that he’s not going to get to work when she gets there.
The New York City Health Department declined to comment.
The Times article said the clinic said they couldn’t help with her condition because it was too expensive for the clinic to be open for more than one day.
The clinic said it was not willing to offer treatment until after the woman was seen by a doctor.
The dental clinic declined to say how much they spent on the trip.
The Times article says it was $1,000.