A few days ago at the dentist I had a gentle cleaning session that cost me eighteen whole dollars.
A couple of months ago I had a tooth pulled out to make room for a bridge, and it wasn’t nearly as easy or gentle (for me or the dentist). Cost? $1.50 – that’s right, I paid with spare change from my purse, and they even offered me the tooth to take home with me.
What am I supposed to make of this? That the Japanese government regards scaling as unnecessary, and therefore unworthy of subsidising? I still can’t figure it out. I mean, wouldn’t it be cheaper in the long run to just have my teeth pulled out and replaced?