A man pulls his own teeth after failing to book an NHS dentist appointment for over a decade
David Sergeant, who was a butcher, said he began to take extreme measures after enduring multiple toothaches and long NHS wait times. Having no other choice, he gradually began to loosen his aching tooth over time.
And just before taking it off, he drinks a few beers and then takes ibuprofen to dull the pain.
David has been reported to have received Disability Living Allowance after being hit hard by a cost of living crisis. But there are times when he struggles to make ends meet or even buy food for his dog, Ash.
In such a dire financial situation, he finds himself with very limited options for proper dental care.
The drastic action of pulling his own teeth came after an unsuccessful attempt to find an NHS dentist, according to a Mirror report.
Although it is a practice strongly discouraged by the NHS, David said using a private dentist was not financially viable for him. According to Yorkshire Live, the 50-year-old now has a number of empty cavities in his toothless smile.
I pulled my own teeth. I can’t have an NHS dentist for ten or 15 years. I’ve tried referrals from doctors and there’s nowhere it will get me,” David said.
“I wait until the dent is loose, then I loosen it and loosen it and loosen it and pull it out myself. I’ve used pliers in the past, like the big ones, but most of the time, I only use my fingers. I drink a few beers and fill myself up with ibuprofen and it comes out. The next morning there’s a bit of blood,” he added.
Speaking on the issue, an NHS spokesperson said people with dental problems should contact a local dentist as they usually seek advice from NHS 111.
The spokesman added that reforms have come in which will allow NHS practices to take on more patients.
“Recently announced reforms to dental services support practices to improve access, including giving high-performing practices the opportunity to increase their business and treat more patients – with discussions of other changes that benefit patients and ongoing staff,” the spokesperson added.