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DIY dentistry spreads thanks to YouTube culture 

Future dentists, you will hate this video.

You have no choice. The title is, "Dentists Hate This Video!"

The video, seen nearly 2.2 million times, shows a young woman explaining why finding a cavity often leads to only one, terrible conclusion.

"As we all know," she says with disdain, "the only thing you can do if you have a cavity, is go to the dentist and have them, you know, drill out your whole tooth and fill it with some stuff."

She points to what she calls a small cavity up near her gum line between two teeth. In order to fix this, she says, her dentist would have to "scoop out two sides of two otherwise perfectly good teeth."

Instead, she opts for a do-it-yourself method: a regimen of colloidal silver to kill bacteria, a calcium-rich diet, and supplements designed to help remineralize teeth and spur tissue growth.

The woman doesn't claim to be a dentist. But she does claim her method works. Her video is but one of hundreds touting all kinds of home-grown cures for dental problems. And in most of them, do-it-yourselfers seem motivated by a combination of two things: lack of insurance coverage, and fear or distrust of the dentist. Those two, combined with internet access, have created a do-it-yourself mentality of dental diagnosis and treatment that isn't likely to end well. Keep reading.... 

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