Linzi Grant has no clue why her teeth keep falling out.
“Every time I sneeze or jolt my head, bits of my teeth shoot out,” she told the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old from Milton Keynes, a large town in Buckinghamshire, England, is begging doctors to find a cure for the mystery illness that causes her teeth to crumble away, causing painful gum abscesses due to the blood and pus filling her mouth.
Doctors have pegged the illness to Grant’s type 1 diabetes, which could cause her teeth to become weak, leaving Grant with no other choice but to have all her teeth extracted.
But the teenage nursery worker can’t afford the cost of implants, which are classified as cosmetic dentistry by most U.K. insurance companies.
“I’ve been bullied by people who tell me I’ve got manky teeth,” she said. “It’s humiliating and I’ve been astounded by how many people just stare.”
Her frustration lies with wanting to explain what her disorder is but is unable to do so due to a lack of diagnosis.
“Sometimes I just go home and cry because it really gets to me,” Grant said. “I don’t want to be 18 with denture, but I don’t feel like I’ve got a choice anymore.”
At 14, Grant was visiting the dentist every four months because of her type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Soon after she underwent emergency treatment to have nerves removed that were hitting the roots of her teeth and causing pain.
Following the procedure Grant began seeing the first signs of her teeth disintegrating.
“I was sitting watching the TV and remember my teeth begin crumbling into my mouth,” she said.
After several dentist visits and hospitalizations because of the mouth infections triggering life-threatening complications of the diabetes, Grant is still suffering and insists she has done nothing to bring this mystery condition on herself.
“They blame it on me eating sweet foods and drinking sugary drinks, but because I’ve always had diabetes I’m so careful. I don’t eat any of that stuff,” she said about what her diabetic nurses say is the cause for her dental problems.
“If it was as easy as changing my diet I would have done that years ago,” Grant added. “I’ve tried everything and I’ve just been left to put up with it.”
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