Selfies are posted to Facebook and sent as text messages. Whether they are traveling or relaxing close to home, people want to insert themselves into their photos. And now we have the dental selfie. Recently people have been emailing me selfies of their teeth and gums. Sometimes the selfies come from patients of record and sometimes from people I don’t know.
A couple of weeks ago a young man sent me a selfie of his crooked front teeth. He wanted to know what he could do to straighten them. I suggested that he call the office and make an appointment for a consultation. It is just not possible to diagnose and treatment plan from a selfie! But I also get selfies from people who are undergoing treatment.
A woman who just had several teeth extracted and dentures placed sent me a selfie of her ulcerated gums. (Look below at her selfie.) The photo confirmed that she was suffering from denture sores – just what I had diagnosed from our recent visits and conversations. I reassured her, gave her some additional directions and sent an online prescription to the pharmacy. I have been reading that online medical diagnosis has also been a growing issue.
I haven’t yet asked a patient to send me a selfie – but who knows, this may be in the not too distant future.
A Dental Selfie