7-Year-Old Has 526 Teeth Removed and the Pics Will Give You Nightmares | 22 Words

Nobody enjoys going to the dentist.

Having metal instruments prodding and poking around in their mouth isn't the most enjoyable of experiences... am I right? But visiting the dentist is super important for our health, and it's one of the things that we just have to suck up and get through.

A dentist checkup usually involves having a quick clean and polish and being sent on your way, so discovering that there are 526 teeth lurking in your mouth really doesn't happen every day.

Keep scrolling to learn of this ghastly discovery, and what caused this poor little boy to obtain such an obscene amount of teeth...

 

There is a universal fear of the dentist...

I can't quite put my finger on what it is... maybe it's the thought of getting a tooth painfully ripped out of your mouth? Or the dentist menacingly approaching you with a drill at the ready in their hand? Just a few thoughts...

But a visit to the dentist is important...

And skipping appointments can affect your dental health pretty badly.

There are many side effects that come from not visiting the dentist...

Visiting your dentist can rule out all kinds of scary stuff, such as gum disease, tooth loss or decay, plaque build-up, and, in some rare cases, oral cancer; a visit to the dentist can catch the signs of these diseases early so they can be treated.

A smile is a person's biggest asset...

A smile is one of the first things that people notice in a person, so we want our smiles to be beautiful and pristine, right? Regular visits to the dentist can ensure that our smiles stay healthy and pearly white!

The dentist shouldn't be feared...

At the end of the day, a dentist is there to help and to make sure that our teeth and oral health are all in check.

But not everybody feels this way...

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Millions of people around the world decide to give their dentist check-up a miss, or simply refuse to go because they either feel it "unnecessary" or are too frightened.

So when it comes to children visiting the dentist...

Some kids will kick up a fuss when it comes to visiting the dentist or the doctor, and it's up to the parents to ensure that their child makes their appointment, even if it means dragging them there.

One family in India realized their mistake in not taking their son to the dentist as often as they should...

via: CNN

Dad, Parbhu, who is forty-years-old, and mom, Rajakumari, who is thirty-three-years-old, feared that their 7-year-old son, Ravindran, had cancer in his jaw after he frequently complained of his mouth hurting.

The pain began to get worse...

When his jaw began to swell and the pain got worse, the young boy was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai of Southern India by the Saveetha Dental College where he was examined.

It had been years since Ravindran had visited a dentist...

The child had been repeatedly suffering from this mouth pain for 4 years, but he would refuse to be taken to the dentist to be examined and, quite apparently, his parents gave in to his stubborn demands.

The swelling was apparent for years too.

Professor P Senthilnathan, who's from the hospital's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery said: "The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old." How it took the parents this long to get him checked out, we will never know...

A tricky situation...

"But they didn't bother much as the swelling wasn't much then and the boy did not cooperate with investigative procedures either," the professor went on to say. “Later as swelling increased, the parents brought the boy to our hospital."

Medics were left stunned...

After checking out the boy and giving him a CT Scan and an X-Ray, they found a large lesion in the boy's jaw - but, unlike the parents' worries, it wasn't cancer...

The lesion was filled with hundreds of teeth...

The lesion was found to contain 526 teeth, to be precise. Whilst not all of these were fully formed teeth, each individual piece contained either a crown, a root, or an enamel coat which indicates that it is part of a tooth.

A mass was collecting the teeth...

Doctors also noticed a well-defined 5-inch "bag-like" mass that was removed during surgery in its entirety. Further surgery was also performed to remove the sack-like lesion.

A diagnosis was eventually given...

Even though the surgery, which took 4-5 hours to empty the sack of teeth, took place last month, doctors needed more time to individually examine each tooth before they could confirm their findings. It was concluded that the boy was suffering from a rare condition called Compound Composite Odontoma.

What caused the condition was unclear...

But factors such as genetics or environmental aspects such as radiation could have played a key role.

Ravindran was lucky to be brought into the dentist as dental awareness is lacking in certain parts of the world.

Professor Senthilnathan spoke to CNN, saying: "Earlier, things like not as many dentists, lack of education, poverty meant that there was not as much awareness. These problems are still there."

Rural parts of the world can't often afford to obtain care such as this...

"You can see people in cities have better awareness but people who are in rural areas are not as educated or able to afford good dental health," he went on to say.

The young boy has made a quick recovery...

Ravindran now has a mouth with a healthy count of twenty-one teeth. This goes to show the importance of keeping up to date, not only with your oral health, but with your overall health in general. The sooner something is spotted, the quicker it can be treated. Still afraid of the dentist? Keep scrolling to read some relatable, yet hilarious jokes, about getting a check-up...