Dentist demands woman have all her teeth pulled and get full set of dentures at 27: ‘It’s for your own good’ | tracey folly

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by my mother, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission.

My mother was a young married mother-of-one when a dentist decided he wanted to remove all her teeth for her own good. Fortunately, she didn’t listen.

My mother is a pensioner and still has most of her real teeth. No thanks to the dentist who wanted to yank them all when she was still in her late twenties.

When my mother was twenty-seven and pregnant with her second child, she brought her oldest child to a dentist’s appointment.

The dentist was explaining her son’s treatment plan, and then he paused. “I can see you need a lot of dental work yourself,” he told her.

My mother felt taken back. She hadn’t asked her opinion of her. This wasn’t even her appointment.

She did her best to fake a smile. “I’m pregnant, and I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to get dental work right now. Having dental work gives me anxiety, and all that anxiety can’t be good for the baby. It’s probably not a good idea for me at this time, but I’ll think about it.”

The dentist persisted. He repeated his opinion from her that my mother should have dental work immediately, although he had never even examined her mouth from her.

On my mother’s next visit to the dentist with her son, the dentist summarized his lecture. “You really need to get started on your dental work. I want you to stop by the front desk on your way out and make an appointment for yourself,” he said firmly.

“I’ll call and make an appointment as soon as I’m ready,” my mother replied.

“You know,” he said. “I could pull out all your teeth and give you a set of dentures instead. I have been thinking about how easy it would be to get this done now before your baby is born. This way, you won’t need a babysitter. You can just bring your son with you, and he can sit in the waiting room while I pull out your teeth and get you fitted for dentures.”

My mother felt horrified and embarrassed. She shook her head.

“I know your type,” he said. “People like you don’t go to the dentist until you have a toothache,” the dentist continued. “Pulling all your teeth and giving you dentures is the perfect solution. It’s for your own good. I want you to make that appointment right now before you leave.”

My mother said she rushed her young son out of the office so fast their feet barely touched the ground.

“That dentist never saw either of us again,” my mother told me.

It took many years for my mother to get over her fear of dentists after that. Fortunately, her next dentist was a big believer in filling or saving damaged teeth. Today, she has most of her own her teeth even if many of them sport huge amalgam fillings or costly dental crowns.

“It’s still better than a full set of dentures,” she said.

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