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Is Anyone Else Scared Of The Dentist Because Of Your Acne?

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#21 adhpn7


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:54 PM

YES!! Haha, Sometimes I'm a little bit of a jerk and I tell them to please avoid touching my face.. I'm not willing to have a bunch of cysts by mouth and chin after the dentist!!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:57 AM

Going to the dentist is the absolute worst. The awful bright lightening, the close contact, the hygienist being able to scrutinize your skin in full detail, and then there's the stretching of skin from having to open your mouth so wide.

Just recently I went to the dentist, having woken up that morning fully dreading the visit (I was having one of those bad skin days). The appointment was tolerable and I was able to pretend my acne wasn't that noteworthy (although I hated having to take an x-ray, since you need to put your forehead against that piece of plastic to hold your head in place), but then my dentist came in and began observing my teeth. The first thing out of her was "seems you have a bit of an acne problem" and then proceeded to begin touching my chin with the gloved hands that were just in my mouth. She then started asking what I was using to treat it and whatnot. Although I've managed to remain relatively calm in these type of situations, I'm still a pathetic quivering mess on the inside. So I quickly brushed it off with easy indifference, even though my cheeks were probably red with embarrassment (especially since this was all in front of the hygienist, who had flawless skin and seemed to act like my acne was the elephant in the room for the past half hour). Overall, not a great visit Posted Image

I think that your dentist was bang out of order and unprofessional. They`re a dentist not a dermatologist and should comment on your teeth, mouth and gums only and keep quiet about anything else.

I hate the dentist and always dread to think what monstrosities the ultra-bright lamp that is shined right in your face is revealing.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

Sparrow, that's awful! She should have kept her mouth closed (if you'll excuse the pun).

I felt weird about dentist appointments for a reason different to the lighting when my acne was at its worst. Funnily enough I never thought about the light or being that close to the dentist (but I've known him for a very long time, and he's a pretty sensitive and nice guy). I did however hate having braces and acne at the same time, if only because I believe that both things are stereotypically associated with young teenagers, and I was an adult. My braces are out now though and my teeth aren't the embarassing things they once were, so I feel like my smile distracts from my PIH now. Posted Image

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:33 AM

I thought I would add once again to this thread, just because I love that I'm not the only one who hates the dentist for other reasons aside from the fact that it's the dentist and he's going to be poking around inside your mouth with sharp objects!

I actually have an ortho appointment next week that I'm crossing my fingers for, hoping my skin remains under control. I've been on a brand of retin a since about August and things seem to be well under control, just tiny little pimples now and then, though my face is covered in redmarks from the innitial breakouts. Anyway, back in September I had an ortho appointment and during that time I'd been on Retin A for a little over a month, my skin was slightly broken out and trying to clear from it's first innitial breakout out and on top of that I was extremely dry. Dry to the point that if you try to smile the skin around your mouth cracks. It was all over my chin and above my mouth where the breakouts were so I was feeling horrible when I went in for my braces. I gave myself a little pep talk before hand and figured, "Who cares, it's only 20 mins and then it's over no big deal." But as my ortho was trying to change my wires my mouth refused to open wide enough because it was so stiff and so so so dry that he literally cracked and bleed! Ugh! My ortho even said to me midway through, "Oh, you're bleeding a little, you're a little dry here I guess. Must be that time of year with all this dry weather." I just went along with it, but inside I was so embarrassed.

The worst moments of any dentist/ortho appointment for me is when they insist on handing you one of thos handheld mirrors and shoving it right in your face, under that all revealing, bright light, to point out what to do with your teeth or what they just did. I get to see all my flaws and they look 100x worse under that lighting and up until the point that they hand me that mirror, I act all oblivious to how my skin is. I can live in a sort of comfortable denial and think, "It's not so bad," and then come the mirror. :P

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

This is so ironic. I was at the dentist about 4 months ago for a bunch of cavities and a root canal, and I guess since it was a lot of work and very stressful on my mouth, I broke out all around my mouth and chin. I've been trying to figure out if it was just a lot of work being done and that irritated my skin or maybe I'm sensitive to something they were putting in my mouth? Fluoride allergy? Who knows. But I was suppose to go back for a check up after and never went because I was scared of making my already broken out face worse LOL. Pathetic. I'm not going in tomorrow for my check up... 4 months later hahaha. SO SCARED.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

The dentist(s) probably think I'm weird when they ask if I want to see my teeth in the handheld mirror they have and I decline because I don't want to see my face.



This is very sad  :(

See a holisitic / biological / mercury free dentist.  There are documented cases of metal toxicity in connection with acne (and other health problems).


Ask Your Dentist About Your Acne

If you have a stubborn case of acne and your dermatologist has tried everything without success, you might want to visit your dentist.

A Vanderbilt University researcher says there is evidence that an abscessed or infected tooth could be the culprit in difficult cases of acne vulgaris. This is a condition that affects about 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 and is usually treated by oral or topical antibiotics.

The dental connection to this form of acne was found in the case of a 30-year-old patient whose acne erupted as soon as medications were halted. However, when an abscessed tooth was pulled, the acne disappeared, according to a recently published study in the dermatology journal, Cutis.

Actually, it turns out the same bacteria that causes acne - called P. Acne - is also present in the upper gastrointestinal tract and oral cavity.

What's odd is that the man in this case got another tooth infection and the acne returned. When the second tooth was treated, the acne left again.

The message seems to be that if you have an acne condition that is recurring and won't go away with the usual treatments, you might want to have a dental examination.

Source: Cutis, August 1999

It turns out the same bacteria that causes acne - called P. Acne - is also present in the upper gastrointestinal tract and oral cavity.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

The dentist(s) probably think I'm weird when they ask if I want to see my teeth in the handheld mirror they have and I decline because I don't want to see my face.


That guy that cut my hair does that too, he always wants me to hold the mirror to see how my hair turn out. I always just hold it but not look, then say it looks fine. Hahaha!

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