I’m not asking for huge amounts of money. I’m okay with my life, though it would be nice to be able to visit a doctor or dentist when needed. I don’t need to be rich. I just need dental work so I can continue TO work. I work in the service industry and its all I know. My teeth have gotten so bad because I don’t have insurance and cannot afford to have them fixed. I live by my tips and they usually pay the bills but not much else. Ive had to decide on fixing teeth or paying rent and power for many years and now its time to pay the piper. I’ve avoided the dentist for so long that my mouth is just awful. I’m missing so many teeth. I had a partial plate that didn’t fit very well but it did give the illusion of a smile as long as I didn’t smile too big, but one of the teeth that it clipped to has broken. Now I have 3 missing front teeth. I cannot work like this and am incredibly embarrassed to interview anywhere else. My back teeth have broken as well and I am in pain more often than not. And I can’t chew anything except softer foods. I just want to be able to smile again. More importantly I need to be able to work. I have rent and pets that need flea medicine and vet visits. I’m already worried about being evicted because my little bit of savings are gone and I can’t work looking like this. Who wants a toothless server or bartender? People would assume the worst about me; that my teeth are so bad because of drugs but that’s not the case. Its from years and years of neglecting to have dental care. I’m so afraid of what’s going to happen to me if I don’t get dental help. I have tried local programs and dentists but I don’t qualify for assistance and no dentist will help me on a payment plan that I might could afford. Its all or nothing. I have a pleasant face until I smile. I’m so embarrassed and embarrassed as well to ask for help like this but I am truly desperate. There is no one to help me or lend me the money I need. I’m not asking for 50k for dental implants or anything crazy like that. Just some dentures that look okay. They don’t even have to be the better ones. Chicklets would look better than what I have now. And yes, there is a little vanity to it. Nobody wants broken rotted teeth. But more than that, its about living. I’m afraid I can’t make a living and I’m also afraid that my terrible dental issues will lead to other health problems. I have teeth that are broken at the gym line and need to be cut out before they cause problems in the jaw itself and I know bad teeth can lead to heart problems. I’m 45 years old and scared of all of these things. I dont know if anyone can/will actually help me or not. There are so many others who need help but if you are reading this, I thank you for taking the time to “hear” my story. If you choose not to help, I understand and wish you well but if you can help and do so, please know that you would be changing my life by giving me back my smile. Thank you for reading this far and thank you so much for considering me when so many others need help as well.