They Call Me “Babytooth”


Here’s a Dental Money Tip: If you get oral surgery, sell the pain pills to recoup your deductible.  This is a great way to pick up some extra cash.  If you get busted, it’s a felony that could cost you nine years in prison and a $20,000 fine – but think of all the money you will save on rent, food, and everything else in stir.  It’s totally worth it.

Okay…  That’s not the real Dental Money Tip.

I’ve been hauling around a babytooth since my babyhood.  There wasn’t an adult bicuspid underneath it, so I made do.

Fun Fact, the bicuspid babytooth is larger than the adult one.  It looked like a tooth and walked like a tooth.  See below.  Alas, it started to crumble.  I opted to yank it and get an implant.

Even though I have some dental insurance, I was going to have to reach into my coin purse for a couple grand.

Ask and you shall receive.  There was no elaborate negotiation.  I simply asked the office manager if there was any wiggle room on the price.  She got back to me saying, “We can take $400 off.”  Done!

The moral of the story is:  If you are a dental mutant like me, or about to plunk down a lot of cash for a big ticket item – it doesn’t hurt to ask if there is any wiggle room on the price.  Wiggling goes down.  Jacking goes up.  Don’t ask if they can jack the price. Stick with wiggling.

Addendum: I had hoped to collect a little more jingle jangle from The Tooth Fairy.  Evidently, it is her policy not to pony-up to men of a certain age.  I will appeal with a carefully worded letter to said fairy.  More as this story develops.

Here’s my babytooth, right above my finger:



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