A recent revelation has sparked widespread curiosity and discussions online as dentist confirms they know if a patient has recently given oral sex. According to these dental professionals, they can determine if a patient has recently engaged in oral sexmerely by conducting a routine oral examination. This ability of dentists to detect such intimate activities has been confirmed by various experts in the field, leading to a mix of amusement, concern, and skepticism among the public.
In a recent Reddit post, Dr. Mike Jin, a practicing dentist, was asked by TV host Gina Darling about the veracity of a TikTok rumor stating that dentists can tell if someone has performed oral sex.
Dr. Jin confirmed, saying, "Yup, that one’s true." He elaborated, "You can see bruising on the soft tissue on the back of the soft palate. And there’s a particular pattern of bruising. We can tell. So after Valentine’s Day, we noticed that bruising in the soft palate a lot more frequently. Fun fact!”
The Reddit video quickly garnered attention, amassing over 57,000 upvotes and sparking a range of reactions from users. Some users shared humorous anecdotes and questions, while others recounted personal experiences related to the topic.
Another dentist, known on TikTok as @dentite, also affirmed this phenomenon. He explained, "Palatal petechia. This is what it's called. If you like, say, sucking on a lollipop, one or two, here or there, not a big deal. But let's say you like sucking on multiple, multiple, multiple, multiple lollipops all the time, you've got a problem that's gonna cause palatal petechia."
According to the health website, Palatal petechiae are small, often red or purple spots that appear on the soft palate of the mouth. These spots are caused by minor bleeding under the skin or mucous membrane. The appearance of palatal petechiae can vary from person to person. "It can range from physical bruising to petechiae—little burst blood vessels from suction," explained Mark Wolff, DDS, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He also noted that these spots typically occur on the soft palate and might be accompanied by "soreness" in the area, alerting individuals to their presence.
Palatal petechiae can arise from several causes, including oral sex and certain illnesses. However, they don't always necessitate treatment. According to Wolff, "It heals like any other bruise. It could last for days to a week or so."
These statements from dental professionals highlight an interesting intersection between oral health and personal activities. While the detection of palatal petechiae might be a source of embarrassment for some, it serves as a reminder of how closely our health and habits are intertwined, and how observant healthcare professionals can be about signs and symptoms that appear in our bodies.
The information shared by these dentists is not only a fun fact but also an important reminder of the comprehensive nature of oral examinations. Routine dental check-ups can reveal much more than just cavities or gum disease; they can provide insights into a patient’s overall health and lifestyle habits. While the detection of palatal petechiae might be surprising to some, it underscores the importance of being honest with healthcare providers about one's health and lifestyle choices.