She’s too much of a liability for most dentists to try to treat, regardless of cost. She’s too large for most dental chairs, she risks breaking them if she does fit, she can’t be reclined so the dentist has access to extract the wisdom teeth, she’s visibly unwell and will have trouble healing from extractions, and by the state of her current hygiene it seems unlikely she would be able to engage in proper after care. Most dentists would take one look at her and send her to the ER.I don't get the tooth thing. Not only do some dentist office have in-office insurance, usually priced around $80-150, where you'll be able to see them and their partners at a discount, but Delta Dental, one of the biggest dental insurance companies have plans as low as $18 a month. That's free xrays and 1-2 cleanings a year, right off the bat and 50% off extractions and fillings after 6 months. Why a person like this wouldn't be the first in line to have themselves covered, I'll never understand. That's like 1/2 the cost of a Torrid haul.
Also the logistics would be hellish for someone like AL. She’d have to find a dentist with bariatric chairs willing to yank teeth from the mouth of a woman with visibly untreated diabetes. She’d have to call around, which is a lot of effort for our dying gorl. Then she’d actually have to make the appointment and go to it, which would mean she’d have to be crammed into the car for what might be a long, long drive. Then she’d have to allocate precious Walmart shopping spree dollars towards dental care. And once there she would be unable eat for the duration of treatment, which she would be unable to cope with. The prospect of altering her diet post-extraction would be too much of an obstacle for her.
It’s not cost in the final analysis, no matter what she claims. It’s a lack of options because she’s huge, avoidant and stupid.