I'm not a parent, but if I was, with convicted sex offenders sometimes working in public schools systems, ain't no way in h3ll I'd let the school decide what dentist my kids would see - who knows what kind of background check the school actually ran for a dentist if they can't hire other staff who aren't convicted sex offenders. I'm glad you had involved parents who could afford to take that time and get you the care you needed. You are, of course, aware that this is not necessarily the case for all kids, right? When I was growing up, there were dental checkups done for elementary-aged kids. When I was in high-school, you could volunteer to go to for the day. They usually had them in the auditoriums. The kid would go into a screened area while others were lined up outside, but there were always others present, for example, I was there as a "recorder" and I would write down what the dentist told me to on a form. No actual care was given - this was a screening only. However, it was often the first dental experience many of these kids had - and many of them desperately needed. If things were found and it was clear there had not been prior dental care, there were forms provided for how the kids could obtain dental care at low/no costs. The option here isn't "my kid can visit the school dentist or I can take them to ours" - the choice was between "my kid can go to the school screening or never see a dentist at all." Feel free to be an involved parent. I think it's wonderful. I hope you have dental insurance. I think everyone should. Of course, I live in the real world, where many people... don't. GSF
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