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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!


    Dental calculus

    I know my calculus

    I have been a dental hygienist for 38 years and I thought I had seen it all … until the day I was given a chart of a new patient that had been referred for a gross debridement. When I got him seated in the chair, I asked him to open his mouth and discovered his lower teeth were completely covered in a bridge of calculus—so thick you could not actually see his teeth. I excused myself to go get the dentist because I wanted her to see what I was facing. She just looked at me and said to do the best I could.

    Well, I cranked up the cavitron and went to work. As the calculus came off in chunks the guy asked me if that was part of his tooth! I didn't know what I would find when I actually got to his teeth but was surprised that they were intact. I gave him a mirror and he was shocked to actually see his teeth that he hadn't seen in years.



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


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