Lianie Unterzuber: Dental care nightmare

April 12, 2014 

Regarding Ned Barnett’s April 6 column “The ache of lost dental care”: What is not discussed is that these children grow up to be adults.

But first they will be shy children who rarely smile as they learn at an early age to be embarrassed by their appearance. As teenagers, their shyness turns to a lack of confidence as they begin to look for their first jobs and they discover that appearance matters. After years of rejection, adulthood is no easier. Smiles and laughter do not come readily and, usually, only when hidden behind a hand. Jobs will be sporadic.

These adults, and consequently their families, will probably be supported by government programs, and society will be critical of their choices even though, as children, the opportunity of choice was not theirs to make.

Lianie Unterzuber, Raleigh

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