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15 Dentists Reveal The Worst Things They've Seen On The Job

List RulesVote up the worst stomach-turning stories these dentists have to share.

Lots of people hate going to the dentist. Maybe they don't like a stranger poking around in their mouths, or maybe they forget to floss and don't want to hear the lecture that entails again. But have you ever considered what it's like to be on the other side of that scraping hooked tool? Well, according to these dentists, the grass isn't always greener. Sometimes, it's funny dentist stories these professionals are sharing, but what you'll more commonly see is the full-on dental horror story!

Pro-tip: make sure you're not eating anything before you dive into this mouth of madness.

  • 5

    He Lost His Lunch, And Everyone Else Lost Their Appetite

    Posted by u/SamK2323:

    When I was a student in dental school, we worked on an emergency clinic once a month on a rotation basis. This acted as primary care for people either without a regular dentist, homeless people, or people who were just visiting the city. A man, middle-aged with no relevant medical history, came in with the complaint of sore gums. When he opened his mouth, his gums were blood red (not a good sign) and were actually weeping blood as I sat there. Whilst performing a periodontal examination (checking for gum disease using a blunt-ended probe), I must have burst a pocket of infection underneath the gum, because this wash of pus ran down his teeth and onto his tongue, and he threw up then and there. Fun times.

    Dental disaster?
  • 6

    At Least They Weren't His Adult Teeth

    Posted by u/joey130312:

    This little kid had to have all of his baby teeth removed because they were black and rotting. His mum said he wouldn't drink anything except Coke. He was three.

    Dental disaster?
  • 7

    Free Agents

    Posted by u/AegonTheConquerer:

    As a dental resident, I rotated through a couple hospitals. One hospital was specific to patients with neurological/spinal issues - basically patients who were not able to take care of themselves, i.e., brush their teeth for whatever reason. One patient specifically did not brush their teeth for YEARS. Their calculus/plaque literally coated all his teeth completely and engulfed them. The teeth were literally floating in space, held together due to the plaque.

    Dental disaster?
  • 8

    A Hairy Situation

    Posted by u/kittyboomsta:

    This one little girl opened her mouth, and each tooth was surrounded and full of knotty pieces of her black hair. It was just everywhere, masses of it with gunk, too... Can't forget the horror from seeing and cleaning it all out... like cleaning the shower drain! Obviously, she was a rabid hair chewer/eater. Not sure what caused her to do that, though.

    Dental disaster?