Dental Myth – Removal of Upper Teeth Affects Vision

There is a myth amongst Indian people that the extraction of upper teeth has a damaging effect on the vision. And they have to be really convinced to get ready for extraction of upper tooth if it is required.

Decayed Root stumps of Maxillary Teeth

However, at times patients don’t listen. This lady is not ready for removal of her root stumps because somebody in her neighbourhood has told her that it would affect her vision. I tried to convince her saying that it is just myth. However, she is not ready to listen. She says that she is not having much problem because of these broken roots. She wanted meto prescribe some pain-killer for taking as and when needed.

Abnormal Arrangement of Lower and Upper Dental Arches (same patient)

I wonder how she must be eating anything –her masticatory sufficiency (less number of teeth) and masticatory efficiency is poor. Just look at the abnormal relation of upper and lower dental arches (read: teeth). It is this weird relationship which might have contributed/accelerated the so rapid dental destruction particularly in the upper front area (upper teeth).
This is just a sample – there are so many myths related to dental diseases and their management. The dental quacks who have mushroomed in each and every nook-n-corner of this vast country add fuel to the fire by reinforcing those misconceptions– just to fleece them !

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About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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