October 30, 2017
by The Toronto Star
His teeth rotted down to the bone, Jason Jones turned his life around when he got free dental work from a Markham dentist after his story appeared in the Star in 2007 as part of a series that examined issues of poverty and possible reforms. Yet a decade later, the fight for dental care for low-income adults rages on.
The first thing you notice about Jason Jones are his teeth. They radiate.
“I keep hearing, ‘You’ve got a gorgeous smile.’ Well, thank you, it’s totally fake, but thank you,” he says with a mischievous grin. “They’re all fake. All of them. Every single one.”
The admission, says Jones, almost always leads to the inevitable question for a 36-year-old with fake choppers.
“Have you got 10 minutes? This will take a while.”
Toronto Star readers first met Jones in 2007 as part of a Star series that examined the issues surrounding poverty and possible reforms.
In a photo that dominated a Saturday front page, a smiling Jones stared out at the world, a bright-eyed, handsome man brimming with hope, except for one glaring, arresting detail.
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