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Dentists Describe The Most Horrific Things They've Found In Patients' Mouths

Updated December 17, 2020 97.9k votes 21k voters 649.7k views15 items

List RulesVote up the dental nightmares that sent you straight for your toothbrush and Listerine.

Nobody loves the dentist. All of the machines in the procedure room are scary, that music they play in the waiting room is incredibly generic, and worst of all you never know if you're going to be receiving good news or bad. Dentists rarely pull punches, either, and they've been known to figure in more than a few hygiene-related horror stories. If you haven't been flossing, your dentist will know and call you out for it. They're not like those nice doctors you see on TV – they're merciless and unyielding.

Of course, dentists don't have it so easy, either. They've got to deal with squirmy kids and patients who never brush their tongues. In fact, dentists have seen some of the most horrific types of matter in their patients' mouths. You didn't think living organisms could sprout in someone's oral cavity? Well, they certainly can and do. The dentists of Reddit have shared their grisly stories, so read on – but maybe keep a bottle of mouthwash handy.

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    Digging For Decay

    From Redditor /u/Idontevenlikefish:

    "I had a patient whose insides of his mouth was covered in layers of multicolored calculus. Black, green and red. I had to ultrasonic scale each individual tooth for a good few minutes, unearthing layers upon layers of mineralized crap. The stench was also horrendous.

    At that point I wondered if I was a dentist or an archeologist."

    Is this disgusting?
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    It's Gonna Blow!

    From Redditor /u/judyduty:

    "I dated a dentist. He was telling me about a patient that had an abscess so large that when he lanced it, there was like a volcano eruption of pus coming out of his mouth."

    Is this disgusting?
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    An Incredibly Clinical Description

    From Redditor /u/C-O-N:

    "Dental nurse here. We once pulled a bit of old rotting chicken out from under somebody's implant denture. It smelt like Satan's fart."

    Is this disgusting?
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    The Itsy Bitsy Spider Climbed Into The Man's Mouth

    From Redditor /u/BackWithAVengance:

    Not a dentist, but my brother is, and he said that this guy came to him. I think his name was Zack, and he was wearing this beat up top hat (drove a cab I think), and there were spiders alllll up in his mouth.

    Is this disgusting?