Man struggles with dental problems

May 29, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Mike Mahnken has struggled with dental health problems since he was 17. He is forced to eat soft foods that are neither hot nor cold to avoid excruciating tooth pain. Dentists have said Mahnken is too young to have all of his teeth pulled for dentures and doing so would eventually deteriorate his jaw bone. Even if dentures were a possibility, Mahnken said he is unable to afford to fix his teeth.

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