Congressman Files Dental Damage Act of 2011

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed suit against several House of Representatives’ cafeteria food operators for $150,000 after serving him a sandwich wrap containing an olive pit.

The former presidential candidate and ex-Cleveland Mayor alleges that after biting into the olive pit, back in April 2008, he “sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures.”

A full copy of the lawsuit is available online.

While Kucinich’s dental indictment may have prompted some emergency visits to the dentist, some people have passed on preventative care in recent years due to budget constraints. And some have had to wait until a dental emergency hits.

According to a 2009 Harris Interactive/HealthDay Poll, more than 50 percent of uninsured and 30 percent of insured Americans skipped necessary dental care visits during the last year due to financial burdens.

Has your dental care ever had to take a budgeting backseat? What solutions did you turn to get back in the dentist chair?

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