Hello, My name is Bridgette. For most of my life I was blessed with an incredible set of teeth. My dental visits were always pleasant and they made me feel proud. As an overweight young woman, my smile was my confidence.
Initially, it was my pregnancy that effected my dental health. My teeth became so soft that flossing actually damaged in between my 2 front teeth. I addressed the damage with a dentist and recieved a filling on my right front tooth.
I became deathly afraid of flossing! Irrational, I know. That led to my already compromised teeth breaking down and crumbling seemingly out of nowhere.
I avoided the dentist at that point. I was struggling with post partum depression pretty badly and being in such a dark place doesnt allow for a lot of self care. Also, we financially couldnt support restorative dentistry.
I have had a couple molars extracted out of emergency since then. Also, the discovery of multiple auto immune issues have come to light which we now know was reaking havok on my body including my teeth! Teeth have continued to break, become infected and my smile has been hidden as much as humanly possible!
I received a quote in the spring to restore my smile. $6k+! Ouch and thats with insurance! I went right back into avoidance mode! My teeth have declined even more since then!
I have 5 side and back teeth that are broken off at the gum and abcessed on top of a broken decaying gap in my front teeth. I have several strong teeth left in my mouth leaving the option for restorative dental care. Im not even looking at implants or anything like that but crowns and bridges could give me back my most natural smile. I am in desperate need of being able to eat, sleep, be pain free and smile with family and friends again without extracting all my teeth and getting dentures because thats the cheapest option. Without financial help, my only option.
I realize that there are more important fundraisers. I feel embarassment and humiliation in reaching out for help but I can not financially take care of my teeth and I don't know what else to do at this point. I am losing sleep from constant pain, only able to eat soft foods and feeling sick from infections.
I can afford some of the cost, I am certainly not asking for other people to carry all of the financial burden for me but some help would be greatly appreciated. Asking for help is a last resort for me. Please be kind, this took a lot for me to organize.
If ever donated funds exceed what is needed in this process, I would donate them in completion to a local womens charity.