Have you ever heard the phrase, “There are no stupid questions”? This is most certainly true when it comes to dental health. However, people definitely ask Google some interesting, funny, and odd questions at times! We took a deep dive into the sea of Google to search for some of the best, and we’re ready to share our finds with you.
As you probably have noticed, Google gives you ideas to autocomplete your search whenever you start typing in the search bar. These start with the top questions people have previously asked Google based on the words you’ve typed in. For example, when I type in “dental”, Google gives me several possible endings it thinks I might be looking for. Here they are in order of how often people have typed them in:
The top results included, “dental dreams (as in the dreams folks have about their teeth), Dental Dreams (an actual place), and dental insurance.” When other questions or searches related to dental and orthodontic care are typed in, they can be ranked in the same way.
The Most Popular Searches Related To Dental and Orthodontic Care
Among questions related to dental and orthodontic care, the most popular Google search question between July 2018 and June 2019 in the USA was, “What is a root canal?”, which was asked approximately 32,700 per month. In second place for the same timeframe was the question, “How much do braces cost?”, with an average of 31,700 monthly. After this came, ‘What are veneers’, ‘How much is Invisalign’, ‘What is TMJ’, and so on.
(Note: this type of Google analysis is the premise for why we are shown the advertisements they decide to show us online. Typically, our past search, hover and click behavior leads businesses to determine we’re likely to buy their products, so they show us their ads. There are ways they can even hear us if we’ve got Siri, Alexa, or other digital voice assistants enabled! So, if you get annoying or inappropriate ads popping up all the time -- blame yourself or someone else who used your phone or computer!)
What’s Trending On The UK’s Dental-Related Google Trends?
A poll was also conducted in the UK by an organization called Simplyhealth which focused on Google searches for dental advice in Great Britain. Two thousand adults were polled. According to their results:
Approximately one fifth of the population uses the internet as the first point of call for quick answers.
Those polled, on average, searched Google for “How to remove your own tooth” 70 percent more than last year (time period referenced was 2017-2018).
Also increased in Google Trends were searches for “How to clean teeth with baking soda” and “How to make a DIY tooth filling”, both up 140 percent in a year’s time. (Please don’t ever consider filling your own tooth! That is - quite literally- a recipe for disaster.)
Part of Simplyhealth’s research also involved thirty dentists being asked what the most and least common questions were that they were asked by patients. They shared some of their best below:
WHAT WERE THE 9 STRANGEST QUESTIONS DENTISTS HAVE BEEN ASKED?
Why do I have to brush my teeth when my dog doesn’t have to?
Is using a crisp packet (that’s a chip bag to us Americans) between my teeth better than floss?
What is floss, can I eat it?
Is my filling going to melt if I drink hot soup?
Will the ulcer in my mouth turn into a flesh-eating disease?
Will my gum disease eat my face?
Is it OK to only brush my teeth once a week?
Can you take one of my teeth from the back and put it in the gap at the front?
(In reference to a broken tooth) – Can’t you just paint something on top of it?
Another interesting dental-related Google search comes from a somewhat common dream people report having where their teeth fall out. By simply typing in the word ‘teeth’, we see it pops up as a popular result:
In another search on the topic, it appears this dream has been analyzed as well:
But others have a different interpretation. We see the ‘People also ask’ section pop up with the following:
And the folks at Psychology Today have a different take on the matter, particularly when asked “Why are teeth dreams so common?”:
There are several others, too, as you can see if you try googling the search criteria yourself. Does this make you wonder how your searches rank on Google and who, if anyone, is actually reading them?
We wondered about that ourselves. Then we took a peek at YouTube to see what sort of analysis might be available there. We found treasures, as usual:
This dentist seems pretty amused by the Google searches he found:
The dentist shared google search questions like:
“What happens if I don’t brush my teeth for a week/month/year?”
“How to remove teeth gap at home”
“How to remove cavities at home”
He doesn’t answer the questions, but we’re guessing you probably know the answers. Of course, none of the above are recommended, and when we searched for actual answers ourselves, we found mostly procedures and devices an orthodontist would need to provide. (HINT: Don’t try this -- any of this -- at home!)
Next up: This group of New Jersey dental professionals has a presentation of numerous Google autocompletes for viewers. (This is worth watching to get helpful dental information as well!)
Some of the most interesting questions they answered were:
“Will the dentist know I vape?”
One member of the group shown above answered that while they may not know if you vape (although sometimes they can identify “that fruity smell”), they will definitely know if you smoke. Another replied that a lot of the hygienists have noticed a difference in mouth tissue on people who vape.
“Will my dentist yell at me?”
To this, one group member replied, “Only if you’re my kid.”
“Will my teeth fall out?”
One member of the group answered, “Your baby teeth, yes. Your permanent teeth? Hopefully not. We work together with you to make sure they don’t fall out.”
Then the gentleman in the back mentioned the teeth-falling-out dream we highlighted earlier....
Sounds like that dream’s content is fairly well-known!
And A Little Advice On What Not To Ask Google...
This next item isn’t a google search -- it’s advice against a google search. Apparently someone looked up ‘Mouth larva’ when they meant to google ‘moth larva’... The advising party clearly states, “it’s exactly what you’d expect and you shouldn’t go there…”
We went there anyway, and yep. You really shouldn’t go there. We were going to share an image but decided not to. (You’re welcome.)
We Found A Few More Searches That Made Us Smile:
For this one, we had to investigate ‘cool dental facts’: ...which gave us this image:
Then We Had To Check Out Cool Dentist Quotes:
I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.
- Rodney Dangerfield
I wonder if there's such a thing as a spiritual dentist? I think my whole personality is full of cavities!
- Charles M. Schulz
Blessed are they who hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists.
- Ann Landers
Then We Just Played Around With Various Dental-Related Results For A Bit:
Did you know there was a National Dentist Day? Now you do!