People have their fair share of horrifying dentist stories; it’s one of the most common fears in the United States. But what happens when it’s a dentist spilling their dirtiest patient stories? Most of us have established a good dental routine, but sometimes things go amiss. Sometimes, somebody’s home or socioeconomic status can get in the way of good oral hygiene. While other dental worst case scenarios are simply created from bad habits. Here are a few of the worst dentist horror stories we could find. And it may even send you running to the nearest toothbrush.
28. Bleeding gums is a sign of poor hygiene.
A dentist, SamK2323, shared his horror encounter with a patient, saying: “So, I’m a dentist. Shock, horror, I know!! Two cases jump to mind. The first case is heavily based on poor hygiene. When I was a student in dental school, we worked on an emergency clinic once a month on a rotation basis. 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 weeping blood as I sat there. While performing a periodontal examination (checking for gum disease using a blunt-ended probe), I must have burst a pocket of infection underneath the gum as this wash of pus ran down his teeth, onto his tongue, and he threw up there and then. Fun times.
My second case is a bit more standard. It is the usual cause of a patient who comes in with a huge facial swelling, and you have to do something about it. The usual case is extracting the offending tooth; however, it isn’t always obvious (if the swelling extends across multiple teeth). The patient cannot physically get numb (due to anesthetic not working as well in a heavily infected environment). With the help of a senior dentist in the practice, we attained surface anesthesia with something called Ethyl chloride (think liquid nitrogen, could spray that freezes) and incised this swelling and sucked the pus out. No sutures and no anesthesia for two main reasons. Another weird experience.”