A young man participating on the Channel 5 show Never Been To A Doctor has left viewers stunned, and some ‘literally hiding’ behind their duvets in attempts to avoid the horror of the 21-year-olds rotten teeth. The show allows people who are in desperate need of medical or dental treatment to access the care they need after years without visiting a medical professional.
The young man, known as Ben, admitted to being terrified of going to the dentist and had only ever been a few times in his life, which has led to his mouth becoming full of black and brown teeth, with several teeth missing along the top jaw. In addition, Ben told presenter Katie Piper that he had braces when he was younger but did not brush his teeth properly, leading to extensive tooth rot.
Viewers were stunned that the chef had allowed his teeth to reach this state of disrepair even with a debilitating fear of the dentist. After finally facing his fear, Ben was able to get the treatment he needed and had a denture fitted to replace the rotten teeth, as well as many hours of repair work on the damaged teeth he still had. Upon seeing the new teeth in the mirror Ben was very emotional and told Katie that this was ‘definitely a new beginning’ for him.