Oral hygiene might be annoying, but it is essential. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Besides brushing, flossing after each meal is important. That way, you can get all of the food particles your toothbrush might miss. Plus, flossing is a great way to keep your teeth clean while you are on the go. Rinsing with mouthwash is another excellent way to freshen your breath, kill the bacteria in your mouth, and prevent cavities. Besides taking care of your oral hygiene at home, you should also visit a dentist every six months. That way, you can have a proper, professional cleaning twice a year. Seems simple enough, right? Well, these dentists share some insane stories about the worst oral hygiene cases. Dentists on Reddit explained the gross things they found in a patient’s mouth!
30. Dealing With A Terrible Cyst
A Redditor Backfjre shares this terrible experience stating: “My girlfriend is a dentist. She worked at a kid’s dentistry for a few months. One day a mom came in with her son, the mom was clearly not the… cleanest person. Apparently she looked “cracked out” so use your imagination for that one. They bring the son back, who has been complaining about his gums hurting extremely bad. I thought it was an infection or a really bad sore and wanted to get it checked. Inside his mouth was an apparently disgusting cyst. It was one of those nasty pulsing ones that you see in an alien movie when the protagonist gets onto the mother ship and finds the incubation room.
“Anyway, so after some discussion, they decide to do the procedure in a semi-normal way: numb the kid up, ahem de-inflate the cyst, then remove it. Easy as can be. Sort of. So they numb the kid, prepare for an incision, and cut away. Out crawls a larvae thing from this cyst it had been living in. Honestly, I told her to stop telling me about her day at work right then. I don’t know what happened after that, as I was trying desperately not to puke while driving as she told me this. She had a bit more… detail.”