Mum pulled out 11 of her own teeth after being unable to afford dentist

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Mum pulled out 11 of her own teeth after being unable to afford dentist

A mum pulled out 11 of her own teeth after suffering an 'excruciating' dental nightmare. Danielle Watts was forced to remove the teeth herself as s

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A mum pulled out 11 of her own teeth after suffering an ‘excruciating’ dental nightmare.

Danielle Watts was forced to remove the teeth herself as she is unable to afford the extensive dental work she desperately needed.

A trip to a private dentist would cost the 42-year-old thousands, according to Birmingham Live.

The mum-of-two has not been assessed by a dental professional for almost six years following the closer of her NHS surgery.

She said: “My teeth literally fall out. It’s not like I have to get the pliers out – just a little twist or tug and they’re free. I don’t enjoy it, trust me. It’s not like I’ve got a weird fetish or anything.

“I’m always having infection in my mouth – on a daily basis I’m in pain. If I have a bit of a lump that comes up I tend to give it a squeeze and it erupts with puss coming out.

Danielle Watts, 42, now fears that she'll lose all her teeth as she can't afford private treatment.

Danielle Watts, 42, now fears that she’ll lose all her teeth as she can’t afford private treatment.

“If I squeeze my gum, even without an abscess, I have puss come out.”

She added: “It’s not like I’ve given up on my dental hygiene. I brush my teeth every day. When MyDentist shut they didn’t refer us anywhere. They’ve now reopened but not for NHS patients.

“When I’ve walked into a private dentist they’ve handed me a leaflet with a £180 cost before I even sit down in the chair. I can’t afford to have that initial check-up and then have everything else afterwards.

“I don’t expect free treatment. I’m aware there are costs but if I can’t get through a door then I don’t know what I’m looking at.

“I can’t help not being able to get the help I needed.”

Danielle said: “I’d like someone to look in my mouth and my children’s mouths. I don’t want my children to be looked at like I know I’m looked at.

“I’m paranoid. It’s horrible walking into a situation and all you’re thinking is ‘I’ve got no teeth, I can’t speak properly, what are they going to think of me?’

“Even walking down the street, if someone makes eye contact and I smile then I think ‘oh my God, I’ve smiled, sh*t’, and I close my mouth.”

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