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Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities ; Teenage Girl's Future Depends on Denture

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities ; Teenage Girl's Future Depends on Denture

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To be able to smile again. That's all this teenage girl wants for Christmas.

The 17-year-old from Lincoln County is missing her top front tooth and needs a partial upper denture plate. The teenager lives with her 44-year-old mother, who can't afford the dental work because her only source of income comes from child support. The teenager's denture will cost $325.

Missing teeth poses many problems, like making chewing difficult, but for the teenager, it's more than just an inconvenience. It seriously affects her social life.

Being so embarrassed about her missing tooth, the teenager stopped going to school last year.

"She was so self-conscious that she dropped out of school, wrote the caseworker, who couldn't confirm if the teenager was bullied for missing a tooth.

The teenager hasn't given up on her education, though. …

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