Just thinking about this is giving me chills: Christopher Crist went to Amazing Family Dentist in Indianapolis, Indiana, to have a couple of problem teeth removed. But somehow, the dentist removed 29 of his teeth. He’s now toothless and wondering what the fuck happened. The 21-year-old autistic man was told by his mother to ask for three teeth to be pulled, so it’s unclear just how or why the dentist decided to take out all of his teeth.
And apparently, the dentist who took out all of Crist’s teeth has been cited for removing too many teeth in the past. Another patient named Rose Hill went to the same dentist to have a tooth removed, and ended up with her entire bottom row of teeth removed. When she attempted to go back to the dentist to confront him about his work, he refused to see her and called the police to have her escorted out.
In all, nearly a dozen people have come forward to complain that they had teeth needlessly pulled from the same dentist. In the meantime, Crist and his family are suing the dentist. Hopefully, it’ll provide them with enough money to buy him some dentures. [Fox59]
The dentist’s office is a confusing place: the sound of the drill, the smell of fluoride, the group of strangers probing at your mouth and asking you if you have a boyfriend. And you know what? It’s even worse if you start listening for innuendo. Here are 10 things my dentists have said to me over the years that might have actually been pick-up lines:
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As a child, I always loved going to the dentist. I was not one of those kids who was traumatized by barbaric dental practices such as being put in a straight jacket during my cleanings. I adored Dr. J, the charming southern gentleman who only mildly scolded me for never flossing, who pinky swore he would never, ever hurt me. When I was eight, he had some bad news for me.
“Now darlin’, I’m gonna have pull your last four baby teeth,” he said gently. “You know how I promised I would never hurt you?”
I nodded, tears streaming down my face.
“Well, when I make a promise, I keep it dang it! If I hurt you, you don’t ever have to come back again. Deal?” Keep reading »
Holy “Twilight“-ization of pop culture, Edward Cullen! Vampires are used to sell everything nowadays — even teeth-cleaning. The UK’s National Health Service debuted a bodice-heaving, undead-themed commercial to lure toothy British dudes to the dentist. (According to Yahoo, 16- to 34-year-old men “are notoriously lax about their dental appointments.” Ack! These guys should come with warning labels.) As much as I think vampires are over, this ad is super-clever, no? [Yahoo] Keep reading »
Lil Wayne endured a torturous dental session that included eight root canals in eight hours. The dentist worked on his grillz, added more implants, redid several other implants, and repaired the few real teeth the rapper had left. Can you imagine how awful Wayne’s breath was if he needed all this work? He probably didn’t feel the pain, though, because syzzurp is a hell of a drug. And this oral surgery allowed him to stay a free man until March 2. [TMZ]
Do you think you would have survived a gut-wrenching surgery like this? What’s the worst pain you’ve experienced? Mine was a bone marrow biopsy, which involved drilling into the marrow of my pelvis while I was fully awake. Now, every time I get menstrual cramps I think: “Is this all nature’s got? Bring it on — I can take more and them some.” Keep reading »
Don’t get me wrong—redheads are awesome. But they also feel more pain than the rest of the population, are more sensitive to heat, and need 20% more anesthesia to knock them out. And a new study shows another odd side effect of being a redhead—they’re less likely to get proper dental care. It’s not their fault—scientists have found that annual teeth cleanings and occasional fillings just hurt more for them. If dentists don’t up the anesthetic ante for the flame-haired, redheaded patients are twice as likely to skip dental appointments and let problems go untreated. [CNN] Keep reading »
A good-looking guy can approach you with a manly swagger, but if his smile is busted, game over. And no amount of alcohol can make you feel good about frenching a mouth full of rotten nubbin teeth. Sorry, Austin Powers. So whereâ€™s a girl to go? According to Menâ€™s Health, the best bites are in the Midwest, with cities like Minneapolis, Madison, and St. Paul topping their lists. Although Las Vegas is ranked high as one the cities that buy the most floss, weâ€™re pretty sure the locals call it â€œg-strings.â€ [Menâ€™s Health] Keep reading »