Woman With Extreme Fear Of Dentists Superglues Her Teeth Back In Mouth
A British woman superglued her loose teeth back into her mouth because she was too scared to go to the dentist.
Daily Mail reports Angie Barlow, 48, from Greater Manchester began losing teeth due to smoking.
The dog walker refused to seek professional help, however, because her memory associates the dentist with her mother's death.
I've always been scared of the dentist because my mum died at 34 from throat cancer. She had a tooth out, and that's how they found she had cancer. That fear has always been in the back of my mind. You just get your mindset and you think, you 'don't go.' You don't make that phone call.
So for more than 10 years, she used superglue to put her teeth back in.
Barlow would simply put glue on the top of the tooth and then press it to her gum until it stayed.
The outcome left her with a smile so hideous, she hardly ever left her home.
I just feel so self-conscious that I don't go anywhere really. Even going in the shop, I feel embarrassed. They'd be like, nudge, nudge, look at her, you know. Even in front of my son I'm embarrassed to sit and have a conversation with him.
But the damage to her appearance pales in comparison to what she did to her health.
The glue's chemicals caused 90 percent of the bone in her upper jaw to erode.
Barlow recently made the choice to spend all the money she had saved throughout her life on a procedure that would grant her a new smile.
Dentists extracted 11 of her top teeth and inserted six titanium screws into her jaw so 12 new teeth could be put in.
Barlow now shows off her dental work whenever she has the chance.
It's wonderful isn't it, I feel amazing, and there's no hands over my mouth or embarrassment. People have said they notice a difference in me. My friends, they're just like, 'Oh my God, you're more outgoing.'
More details on Barlow's operation are featured in a new BBC documentary about teeth.