A 37-year-old man had to get 27 of his teeth removed after he drank six litres of soda a day for 10 years.
Michael Sheridan had been living on a diet of soda and soft food for the past decade as his rotting teeth made it impossible for him to eat a regular meal.
Unable to pay for new dentures, the father-of-three survived on yogurt, Weetabix and soup, unable to give his soda addiction up.
He said: “I was addicted to fizzy drinks. I’d drink six litres or more a day - whatever I could get my hands on. I always had a bottle of mineral in my hand."
"I knew if I went to a dentist that I’d have to stop drinking fizzy drinks and I didn’t want to do that before," Sheridan added. "I also knew that all my teeth would have to come out and I couldn’t afford that financially."
According to the Mirror, Sheridan had suffered severe pain until a team of dentists offered to do the $61,000 procedure for free.
The Irish native had met one of the dentists through water polo, who was aghast to see the state of his decaying teeth.
"I knew Michael through water polo but didn’t know him well enough to talk to him about his teeth," Dr. David Murnaghan said.
"It was only during a car-share trip to Galway that the subject came up and I told Michael to come and see me for a proper consultation," Murnaghan continued.
"I knew his teeth meant a serious threat to his health. He couldn’t chew his food properly, he couldn’t bite into a sandwich like most people and he was in pain every day," he concluded.
Luckily, the two hour surgery had been a success, allowing Sheridan to get back his toothy grin.
Embarrassed by the condition of his teeth, Sheridan began retreating into his shell.
"I used to keep my teeth hidden and talk to as few [people as possible]. If I was out with friends, I’d sit further back when talking because I was conscious of my bad breath," Sheridan said.
"The kids in the family started noticing my teeth so I went back into my shell even further," he added. "Sometimes I wouldn’t sleep because of the pain and if I went out for a meal with my partner Linda, I’d have pain straight away."
Sheridan will return to the dentist's office in April, where he will get twelve implants inserted into his jawbone, which will be attached by bridges giving him his new permanent smile.
He said he hasn't touched soda since his procedure, and will soon meet with a nutritionist and psychologist recommended by Murnaghan to help him on the next stage of the journey.
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