In this series, we'll spotlight one better-for-you-beauty-buy every week that not only does what it promises to do, but that also upholds the green, natural approach to beauty and skin care we value so much. Trust us when we say you can trust our beauty editor, Allie White — in her time here, she's tried upward of 400 different creams, sprays, serums, tonics, etc. These are her favorites.
Even though my first job out of college offered medical and dental insurance, I opted to stay on my parents' plan like any good millenial would. I went so far as to continue seeing my childhood dentist, traveling home to New Jersey twice a year for cleanings because it was just easier than finding a new dentist in the city (and also because the hygienist knew my fluoride flavor preference without having to ask).
But then I turned 26 and was surreptitiously removed from the warm embrace of family insurance, left to interpret the complicated world of coverage all by myself. I researched my options, compared plans, priced out costs, and then promptly forgot to enroll in anything. I figured it wasn't a huge deal not to have dental insurance: most of the deductibles were equal to what two cleanings a year would cost out of pocket, so what was the point? I brushed. I flossed occasionally. My teeth looked good. I'd be fine.
And so without insurance, I fell of my beloved dentist's radar. Not that I noticed, but those cheerful every-six-month email reminders that I was due for a cleaning stopped coming and it wasn't until I started to experience a dull ache in one of my molars that I realized it had been nearly two years since I'd been to a dentist.