In which I report a Pin

Pinterest is one my my guilty pleasures. It’s a nice mental break from work, or like this morning, a nice procrastination from actually starting my work.. but anyways, while scrolling through this morning I found this:

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Naturally all things teeth excite me, so I clicked on it. Ironically it was next to the how to make “cake pops in mini-ice cream cones” and “jelly beans and Peeps SUGAR EXTRAVAGANZA Easter vase”.. but I digress:

Screen Shot 2013-03-30 at 9.21.19 AMThis pin, which links to some nonsense here is about how a parent “fixed” their child’s cavity by having them eat a breakfast of toast with raw butter and honey. Besides this obvious craziness, the article includes that the parents “checked that it was an actual cavity in the back of the incisor using a rubber tip probe we had on hand”. One, who has a rubber tipped probe? I’m a dentist and I certainly don’t have one on hand in my house. And two, they did a poor job of matching their graphic with their story, because that tooth up there my friends is a premolar. Suffice to say that this pin in my beloved Pinterest is full of quack. So I reported it:

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Now I realize that categorizing it under “actively promotes self-harm” may be a little drastic, but what if someone took this nonsense to heart? They could make their own cavities grow bigger and worse by not getting them fixed (or heaven forbid, their kids’ cavities..). It’d be awesome if my job was obsolete, but until then I much prefer to fix small cavities, not large ones that can cause abscesses and may require a root canal or extraction.

Changing your diet WILL prevent cavities (and we love and highly recommend that!), but changing your diet after you’ve already got one, sorry – it won’t. Only a dentist can fix that.

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