As if the loud drills and sharp objects at your dentist’s office weren’t scary enough, you now have to think about something entirely different.
According to multiple dentists on TikTok, it’s easy to tell whether a patient has been giving head.
The claim was initially made by TikTok user @cianmcbrien, who posted a quick clip of themselves with a shocked expression. The clip included the caption: “Just found out the dentist can find out whether someone has given [head] or not. I’m screaming.”
Of course, such a hilarious and horrifying claim quickly went viral and experts decided to weigh in.
And yes, it turns out the claims are rooted in facts. They really do know. But in most cases, it’s not a big deal.
“Yeah, sometimes we can tell,” TikTok dentist @thyrants said in one viral response. “And it’s usually bruising on the soft palate called petechiae. But unless the patient’s really young or shows signs of abuse, we don’t care.”
Registered dental hygienist, @mandimaeee, hopped on the claim after her friend sent her the video with questions.
“Hey, I’m a registered dental hygienist. Let’s talk about this,” she responded in another viral video. “So a friend of mine sent me this video and was like, ‘Oh my god, Is this true?’ Yes, it is.”
“To say that I’d be able to tell if you did it three years ago? No,” she continued. “But if you did it recently and you were a little bit aggressive about it…Some individuals might have, um, bruising to the palate, if you know what I’m saying. Soooo yes, we can tell.”
Now, if you’re wondering about the science behind it, Dr. Huzefa Kapadia AKA @dentite broke it all down in his own set of videos.
The popular TikTok dentist admitted this was a question he was often asked, and confirmed that it was possible to tell. As for how they can tell, it’s something called: palatal petechiae.
“Okay, here we go. Palatal petechiae. This is what it’s called.
If you like, let’s say, sucking on a lollipop. One or two here or there, not a big deal.
But let’s say you like to suck on multiple, multiple, multiple, multiple lollipops all the time—you got a problem.”
Kapadia went on to reiterate that it really isn’t a big deal and said you really shouldn’t worry about being judged during your next appointment.
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