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I’ve lived here all my life and have been on and off the streets for years. Five years ago I got punched on both sides of my face and it broke my teeth. I had to go to hospital as my front teeth snapped off.

Since then I’ve had problems with my teeth. I’m not coping with my teeth at all. I tried to go to a dentist but I missed my appointment and now they won’t see me. I have memory problems so I don’t always remember to go places. I’m also a wanderer so I can’t say I’ll be in the same place. The rest of my teeth are degrading and breaking down and it affects my confidence. I’ve been in temporary accommodation but there’s trouble and fights and drugs. I’m now homeless and have been on the streets for 5 or 6 months. I drink to stay warm. I don’t have warm clothes or bedding for the winter – I drink then sleep. I was sleeping on a bench but they took it away.

What I want is a denture so I can feel more confident and some advice to look after the teeth I have left. I think if I felt better about my teeth it would help me with other things. I’ve made mistakes but the damage done to my front teeth wasn’t my fault.

You guys coming here is the only way I’ll ever get to see a dentist.
*Name changed to protect identity.

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