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I yanked out 11 of my own rotting teeth as I couldn’t afford to see a dentist

A MUM unable to find an NHS dentist for six years has been forced to pull out 11 of her own teeth.

Danielle Watts, 42, suffered severe gum disease after the old practice she used closed down in 2015.

The teaching assistant was told to call the dentists' back in four months

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The teaching assistant was told to call the dentists’ back in four monthsCredit: East Anglia News Service
Danielle has lost 11 teeth so far after they started falling out

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Danielle has lost 11 teeth so far after they started falling outCredit: East Anglia News Service

Unable to afford private treatment, she spent six years looking for an NHS dentist who was willing to take on her and her children Olivia, 12, and Eliza, eight.

Horrifically she reached the stage where she was forced to pull out her own rotten teeth.

She now fears she will lose ALL of her gnashers before she is able to find any free care.

The teaching assistant, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: “I am in constant pain and feel so disheartened because there is just no help out there.

“I have had really bad gum disease over the last couple of years and my teeth have started dying off one by one.

“It has got to the point where I squeeze them and they just pop out. I have lost 11 so far and I think I am going to lose them all at this rate.

“I have been trying so hard to find an NHS dentist, but there is just nobody out there. It is awful really, but there is nothing I can do.”

Miss Watts said she rarely had dental problems when she and her children were having regular annual checks ups with her old dentist.

She added: “I didn’t realise it would be so hard to find another NHS dentist until I started to look around for another one.

“I found a list of dentists and called every single one in Bury St Edmunds as well Newmarket, Mildenhall and Stowmarket.

“But none of them would take us all on as NHS patients. Some would not even answer the phone or respond to messages.”

“It has got to the point where I squeeze them and they just pop out. I have lost 11 so far and I think I am going to lose them all at this rate.

Danielle Watts

Miss Watts added: “Friends would tell me they had heard rumours of dentists accepting new patients, and I would ring up, but then I would find up they were not taking anyone.

“Some would tell me to ring back in four months, but then when I did that, it was the same story and they still didn’t have any places.

“Then when Covid happened, I had to give up completely because there wasn’t a chance of getting anything.”

Miss Watts of Bury St Edmunds said her teeth began to deteriorate two-years-ago, forcing her to take painkillers every day.

She said: “My gums receded and I suffered bone loss so the roots of my teeth were being exposed.

“I would be in agony as they got more and more wobbly until they died, and then I would just be able to squeeze them out.

“I have had to use needles and a large toothpick to lance abscesses and infections in my gums, and then rinse my mouth out with salt water.

“I find eating really painful and I have to cut my food into tiny pieces.

Even eating a banana is painful and I cannot have a cold drink because it makes the pain worse.

“There have been times when I have called 111 because the pain gets so bad.

The last time was in November when I had the pain shooting up my face and I was unable to sleep all night.

“They took my details and a dentist person phoned me back. I explained I was in serious pain and had quite bad gum disease.

‘FOUR MONTH’ WAIT TIME

“But because my face wasn’t swollen, it was not serious enough to be seen by anyone. I was just told to take painkillers and ride it out.

“It got to the stage where I was losing a tooth every few months, but it has got worse and I have lost four in the last six months.

“The last dentist I tried was one in Newmarket last April, and they told me to phone back in June. But when I range them back, the phone just rang and rang, so I gave up.

“My gums are receding so much on my remaining teeth, so it is inevitable that I am going to lose them as well.

“I feel so powerless, and it is affecting my confidence. I have ended up speaking with a lisp and it is difficult to make myself understood when I am wearing a mask.”

Miss Watts said she cleaned her teeth twice a day, but found it too painful to use an electric toothbrush because of the vibrations.

She remains worried about her childrens’ teeth, and fears her son may soon need a brace fitted.

Miss Watts added: “We do our best to look after our teeth and we don’t have fizzy drinks in the house. I just feel that I have been fobbed off.”

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NINTCHDBPICT000684749299Credit: East Anglia News Service

Source: The Sun

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