A woman from Greater Manchester was so afraid of going to the dentist that she decided to stick her broken teeth back together using superglue rather than making an appointment to have them fixed professionally. Angie Barlow, 48, attempted DIY dentistry for ten years and ended up having to have most of her teeth removed as the chemicals in the glue led to 90% bone loss in her upper jaw.
Ms Barlow has now had treatment to replace her teeth with dental implants. The professional dog walker said that she was too scared to go to the dentist, despite her obvious problems, because she lost her mother to throat cancer at a young age. She explained ‘That fear has always been in the back of my mind. You just get this mind-set and you think, ‘don’t go’. You don’t make that phone call.’
After smoking for many years her teeth started to break into pieces and Ms Barlow began using superglue to try and repair the damage. She told Mailonline ‘When the tooth comes out, I just put a little bit of glue and try and hold it in place to keep it, so I don’t have a gap in my teeth. I used glue on the top of the tooth, and then I put it back in place until the glue is set.’
After having twelve new teeth placed onto six titanium implants, Ms Barlow is feeling much more confident about her smile; she says ‘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.’