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'I'm scared I will be in my early 30's with no teeth' says woman, as she struggles to find dental care in West Norfolk



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A young woman has spoken out about how her teeth have made her "lose all confidence" and how she struggles to find dental care in West Norfolk.

Jade White* rarely smiles or talks to people because of the condition of her teeth.

She also struggles eating different types of food.

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Jade White's* teeth have made her 'lose all confidence (53217547)

She is concerned she will enter her early 30's with "no teeth" as she "can not even get on the list to seen an emergency dentist".

She says she covers her mouth when she is talking so people can't see the extent of the damage.

She said: "I was at Downham dentist but they took me off the books for no reason and I can not get in a dentist this is for routine and emergency.

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Jade White's* teeth have made her 'lose all confidence (53217534)

"I'm constantly suffering with abscesses and I can't even get in to see an emergency dentist.

"However, I've had to go to accident and emergency twice for antibiotics.

"I was really poorly in 2019 and my teeth are now crumbling and are horrible I no long feel like I can smile.

"I don't talk to many people as a lot of them are very judgmental and I've lost all of my confidence because of my teeth."

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Jade White's* teeth have made her 'lose all confidence (53218295)

Ms White says she feels "totally let down by NHS."

She said:"I'll be early 30's with no teeth and it's been controlling my life with pain and embarrassment.

"This really has affected my mental health."

There have been other reports of people who say their teeth are "snapping in half".

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Jade White's* teeth have made her 'lose all confidence (53217544)

However, the NHS says they are "committed" to ensuring everyone can access dental care in the region, and that "new dental services will be procured" for both Norfolk and Suffolk.

An NHS spokesperson in the East of England, said: “We are committed to ensuring everyone can access high quality dental care, and are working closely with dental providers to improve access to services, including inviting NHS contract holders to take on additional activity.

"Urgent and emergency dental care is available for those who need it, and people should continue to use the NHS 111 service for advice on where to go.

“We are also currently in the process of procuring new dental services for Norfolk and Suffolk which will provide new services for adults and children, operating from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week for routine as well as urgent appointments.”

A charity that normally helps the homeless a with dental care is seen helping people in Suffolk,after disturbing reports of people "pulling out their own teeth" after being able to access dental care.

A nationwide campaign group is now demanding accessible NHS dentistry for all.

Toothless in Norfolk, which is a branch of Toothless England, was started by Nikki Winder of Costessey.

She created a Facebook group for people in Norfolk after suffering a bad experience.

Ms Winder said: "I have followed the Toothless campaign with interest.

"Last week I travelled to Bury St Edmunds to try and get treated by Dentaid, a charity normally providing dental services in Africa.

"They had contacted Toothless in Suffolk to offer their services after hearing horrific stories of people in the town pulling out their own teeth because they could not find an NHS dentist.

"I was suffering with acute toothache and had already contacted numerous dental surgeries in Norwich, but none of them could help me.

"As a last resort, I took the decision to travel into Suffolk and queued up along with dozens of others seeking the same emergency help.

"Thankfully, I was seen and my problem was sorted.

"It was that experience that was the deciding factor in me getting involved, and so I set up Toothless in Norfolk and people are already joining the group at a rate.

"The support I have received from the central campaign team has been great and I am looking forward to working with others who are equally keen on campaigning for an NHS dentist for everyone.’"



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