Brits resort to pulling own teeth

Socialized medicine. There's the theory (well, the half-baked theory), and then there's the practice. 

Desperate dental patients are pulling out their own teeth with pliers and fixing broken crowns with glue, a survey out today revealed.

Falling numbers of NHS dentists are forcing many to go without treatment because they cannot afford private fees.

Almost a fifth admitted missing out on vital work because of the cost. The research, involving more than 5,000 patients in England, also found that as many as six per cent had treated themselves because they could not find an NHS dentist.

One Lancashire patient claimed to have used pliers for 14 extractions while one researcher came across three people in a morning who had pulled out their own teeth.  

Mirror  (emph. mine. Via Google News. Title from CNN.)

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Seriously, we are past the

Seriously, we are past the dark ages. Dental technology has come a long way, and yet these people would rather resort to such crude tactics. What is the world coming to these days?

unsafe practice

It is totally not safe to pull one's teeth. It might possess a very harmful risk and it is more prone to infection. People should not resort to doing this. There are dentist who only charges a small fee and there are dental missions to, that people could make use of.