If you had one Christmas wish, what would it be?
I asked that very question to WHSV viewers on my Facebook page and received an overwhelming response.
"If I had one Christmas wish it would be to get all of my bad teeth pulled out," said Amy of Mount Solon.
Amy doesn't want her true identity revealed because she says she has 11 abscessed teeth. She has a total of 17.
"When I'm eating food, if it gets into a hole of the tooth, it causes my whole face to throb," said Amy.
Amy says it didn't used to be this way. She took glamour shots as a teen and say her issues began later when she got pregnant.
"I didn't take prenatal vitamins while pregnant and my body didn't get all the vitamins it needed," said Amy.
Local dentists like Paige Crowder, of Crowder Comprehensive Dentistry say, abscessed teeth are a major concern.
"It can lead to infection in the body and it could lead to death.
So what causes an abscess tooth?
"If decay gets down into the nerve of the tooth, that can cause an abscess. Periodontal disease, which is the disease that's around the gum and the bones around the teeth. And also from trauma, if there's some type of blow to the face," said Crowder.
Dentists say if you have any issues with your teeth or pain in your mouth, you should see someone immediately. The longer you wait the more expensive treatment can be.
The expense and lack of insurance has kept Amy away for so long.
Amy did go to the Augusta Regional Free Clinic for help.
"They will not do all of them at one time and they will not put you to sleep. Being that my teeth are all broken off into my gums, I cannot be awake for them to do it," said Amy.
"If people are under financial stress, the Augusta Free Clinic is an incredible place," said Crowder.
Amy's painful issues have been going on for so long, she says she's simply learned to deal with it.
"I don't smile. I don't like to eat in front of people. All of my front teeth are broken in half."
After dentists at Crowder Comprehensive Dentistry heard this story, they say they want to help make Amy's Christmas wish come true, so they have offered to do what they can to help.
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