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    The top 16 worst dental patients ever

    We all have our share of dental horror stories, but these patients really top the charts when it comes to being difficult, gross and downright bizarre!


    Dirty dentures

    Maybe he skipped breakfast?

    Picture it: The very start of my dental career. A lovely fresh, new dental hygienist begins her career in the daily battle against plaque. An older gentleman with a full upper denture come in for a cleaning. I asked him if he would take it out so I could clean it. He removes said denture COVERED in food—probably a month’s worth of old, gross food. He looked at me, looked at the denture and then proceeded to LICK the food off of it before he handed it over. I almost threw up right there.

    *Editor’s note: We received over 45 stories of folks enjoying a second lunch off of their dentures; apparently this is a chronic (disgusting!) problem. Ick!




    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.


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