Boy, 5, wins 9,000 payout from dentist who failed to notice disease that cost him all his top milk teeth – then tried to blame his mother!Cameron Jackson has been left with just seven teeth until his adult set growMum Wendy Jackson, from Bradford, took legal action against dentistHe has now won 9,000 payout which he will receive when he turns 18
Daily Mail Reporter
14:53 GMT, 2 January 2013
19:20 GMT, 3 January 2013
A boy of five who had to have 13 milk teeth removed after suffering severe toothache is to receive a 9,000 payout from his dentist.
Cameron Jackson had the decayed teeth – including his entire top row – taken out when he was three, leaving him only seven teeth until his adult set grows.
His mother took legal action against his dentist, who failed to spot the decay after Cameron’s toothache grew worse.
Cameron Jackson, pictured with his mum Wendy, had to have 13 teeth removed after suffering toothache at the age of three
They have now reached an out-of-court settlement and Cameron will receive the money when he is 18.
Dr Raymond Matloa, the dentist at the
Fountain Street Medical Practice in Morley, Leeds, has not admitted
liability for the loss of the boy’s teeth.
It is not known why Cameron’s teeth deteriorated, but his mother, Wendy Jackson, insists he was not eating any sweets.
‘I first realised something was wrong
when Cameron was unable to eat solid food at about 18 months,’ she said.
‘He didn’t eat solid food at all and wouldn’t even touch sweets. He
just drank milk.’
Removed: Cameron was just three years old when he had 13 of his milk teeth taken out, leaving him with seven for the next few years
Mrs Jackson, from Bradford, West
Yorkshire, said she grew increasingly concerned. ‘His dentist kept
saying his teeth were fine but even I could see they were yellow, not
white like milk teeth should be,’ she said.
‘The dentist advised us to brush them
more but when we did his teeth literally crumbled and ended up looking
like little pegs. Cameron would scream and his gums would bleed like
crazy. He woke up every night crying.’
Mrs Jackson, 31, whose two other
children, aged ten and two, have normal teeth with no fillings, gave
Cameron pain relief every evening.
‘The dentist said he was eating too
many sweets, which I knew wasn’t right because Cameron never touched any
solid food, never mind sweets,’ she said.
Settlement: Cameron will receive the 9,000 when he reaches his 18th birthday, by which time he will also have all of his teeth back
She took Cameron to her GP but was
told he was fine, she said. In December 2010, Dr Matloa referred him to
Leeds General Infirmary.
‘At first they said I must have taken
something when I was pregnant to cause the decay,’ said Mrs Jackson, who
told the doctors she had not been on any prescription drugs.
Cameron’s teeth were removed at a dental institute in Leeds in 2010.
Mrs Jackson said he was now very self-conscious.
Careful: His mother Wendy says she had always taken him for check-ups and brushed his teeth but his toothache became worse
She said: ‘He doesn’t like smiling because he’s scared that somebody’s going to say, “Why have you got no teeth”
‘The payout doesn’t give me the
answers I want and doesn’t change what’s happened, but it’s good that
Cameron can have that money when he’s older,’ she said.
The family’s lawyer, Heather Williams,
of the Dental Law Partnership, said coping with fewer teeth until his
adult teeth grew was ‘something that no one would like to go through,
especially at his age’.
Dr Matloa declined to comment.