Teeth are one of the primary causes of bad breath. Between plaque buildup, tartar, tooth decay and infections of the dental root (e.g. periodontal disease), the pearly whites are prime breeding grounds for bacteria and bad breath. Even so, that's no reason to pull them. Removing tonsil stones may ease oral odor, but removing teeth doesn't do anything - except scare people out of their wits.
Is there any reason to yank out all of someone's teeth? Being dumped for someone else, apparently - that's the motive that an Austrian dentist recently cited after she pulled out all her ex-boyfriends chompers. Every single one.
An odontophobe's worst nightmare
According to the Austrian Times, 34-year-old Anna Mackowiak, a practicing dentist in Wroclaw, Poland, is facing malpractice charges. What possessed her to yank her ex's pearly whites out? The one-time boyfriend, 45-year-old Marek Olszewski, had left her for another woman - and then, just weeks later, came into Mackowiak's office with a toothache.
Evidently, the temptation was just too great for the spurned dentist.
"I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions," she told the news organization. "But when I saw him lying there, I just thought, 'What a bastard' and decided to take all his teeth out."
Mackowiak proceeded to do just that. After putting her ex under with a heavy dose of anesthetic, she systematically extracted all of his teeth, then bandaged him up and sent him home. (Talk about removing the nose, er, teeth to spite the face.)
It didn't take Olszewski long to figure out that something was up.
"I didn't have any reason to doubt her, I mean I thought she was a professional," he told the newspaper. "But when I got home I looked in the mirror and couldn't f---ing believe it."
Shortly afterward, his new girlfriend left him.
There are a few lessons to be learned here. (1) Removing tonsil stones eases sour breath; removing someone's teeth is sweet revenge (and very, very creepy). (2) People with odontophobia - a fear of dentists - have a new nightmare scenario to wrangle with. And (3) if you dump a dentist, it's probably best to go to any other dental practitioner you can find. Literally any other.
Just to be safe. Yeesh.