A Personal Story: Dentures are Dangerous – Barbara, Lebanon

Barbara is 72 and lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Barbara has dentures that don’t quite fit. “The bottom ones fit good, but the top ones, they float. I can’t eat anything with them.” The ill-fitting dentures are not merely an inconvenience for Barbara, they are actually dangerous. “I have, lately, in the last year, choked on anything I eat, like meat … The first time I did that I called for an ambulance…. It scared the heck out of me.” The ambulance didn’t come fast enough to help–fortunately Barbara was able to remove the food with her finger. Barbara has had several more choking spells since, all due to her dentures not fitting. “I’ve had scary [choking incidents] six times, and I don’t care for it.”

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