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Bury St Edmunds campaign to fund dentures for mum Danielle Watts who performed DIY dentistry to remove her own teeth



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A mum of two who was forced to remove 13 of her teeth herself after she was unable to find an NHS dentist says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by a community fund-raiser to pay for dentures.

Danielle Watts, of Bury St Edmunds, made headlines for her DIY dentistry last year after suffering from chronic gum disease and the closure of her NHS dentist about seven years ago.

With the problems continuing, Cllr Katie Parker has launched an online campaign to raise £1,500 to help her pay for dentures after she has several more teeth extracted.

An online fund-raiser has been launched to help Danielle Watts, 42, of Bury St Edmunds, pay for dentures. Picture: Danielle Watts
An online fund-raiser has been launched to help Danielle Watts, 42, of Bury St Edmunds, pay for dentures. Picture: Danielle Watts

Danielle, 42, has 14 teeth left and will have eight removed.

She said she ‘felt a little bit tearful’ at the ‘overwhelming’ community response having already received £1,000 from a parishioner at her mum’s church to pay for the extractions.

Danielle said she tries not to smile to avoid showing the gaps in her mouth.

Danielle has had to remove 13 of her own teeth after suffering from chronic gum disease and being unable to find an NHS dentist. Picture: Danielle Watts
Danielle has had to remove 13 of her own teeth after suffering from chronic gum disease and being unable to find an NHS dentist. Picture: Danielle Watts

“I live with this every day. I take painkillers, I go to work, I look after my kids and I deal with shutting my smiles down – I hate talking to people, even people I know," she said.

"To have people I don't even know get a gist of what I'm going through it starts to get a little overwhelming, I don't expect it."

Last Thursday she paid for a private appointment with MyDentist and will have four teeth extracted on August 15 with the others a fortnight later before the dentures are fitted.

Danielle, who works in packing for a printing company, decided to make the appointment as she is in 'quite a lot of pain' with one tooth that needs removing. She thinks her condition could have been better managed had she been able to see an NHS dentist.

"Yes my teeth would probably have needed removing anyway but I wouldn't be resorting to removing them myself, walking around with no teeth and in pain every single day," she said.

"I'm now at the end of my tether and don't know where else to go. I've been forced to have this massive bill whereas if I was still with an NHS dentist, things would have carried on happening with my teeth, but it would have been a gradual step."

Before she went public, she felt 'ashamed' of her teeth but after she spoke out she realised she wasn't alone.

Cllr Parker said: "I would really love to make this happen for her. She would never ask as she is a humble lady and wouldn't like to, so I am."

Danielle added that she is looking forward to the day she can 'properly smile' at those who helped her to thank them.

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