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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!


    Fingernail clippings

    Nailed it

    I asked a patient how regularly he flossed and he said "No, I don’t floss;  I bite my nails and then use the nail I bite off to clean in between my teeth." The patient was telling me this excitedly like it is a legitimate alternative he found for flossing. I didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything and started cleaning between 2 and 3. My instrument hits something solid. Thinking it was a popcorn shell or something like that, I kept digging … only to find out it was one of his handy nail-clipping toothpicks!

    *Editor’s note: Shockingly, we received a dozen stories of folks using nails as floss substitutes. We guess fingernails are just. … handy?



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


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