A Personal Story: Two Teeth Left – Alvin, Enfield

Alvin is 71 and lives in Enfield, New Hampshire. When he was 19 he had to have several teeth extracted. “I had bad teeth. They rotted right to the gum. Then I had to have them out.” Alvin doesn’t have a dentist he sees currently. “I have two teeth left, that’s all. One is loose. It won’t come out, but it’s loose enough you know it’s loose. It’s weird … I’ve only got two on the bottom–I need them to eat with.” He hasn’t gone to see anyone because he thinks his teeth will last without a visit to the dentist. Alvin doesn’t think dentures would be practical, because they’d have to fit over his remaining teeth, and food would get stuck under them. Alvin knows people who have gotten dentures and don’t like them; they prefer eating without them. As far as his own teeth are concerned: “They’re better off the way they are.”

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