Eye-opening video lays bare the brutal lengths nomadic reindeer herders go to fix their teeth with NO dentist for more than 300 miles – from DIY metal crowns to extractions with PLIERS

  • An illuminating YouTube video sheds light on dentistry in the Russian Arctic 
  • There are no dental clinics for over 300 miles, so they must do things at home
  • In one clip, a man is seen pulling another’s tooth out with a pair of pliers 

If you’re squeamish and have a fear of the dentist, then look away now! 

An illuminating YouTube video sheds light on how nomadic reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic deal with dental issues. 

As there are no hospitals or dental clinics for more than 300 miles, the community takes it upon themselves to perform surgeries with only basic equipment to work with.

In one clip, a man is seen pulling another man’s tooth out with a pair of pliers, which he sterilizes in the fire beforehand. 

An illuminating YouTube video sheds light on how nomads in the Russian Arctic deal with dental issues

As there are no hospitals or dental clinics for more than 300 miles, the community takes it upon themselves to perform surgeries with only basic equipment to work with

As there are no hospitals or dental clinics for more than 300 miles, the community takes it upon themselves to perform surgeries with only basic equipment to work with

After the tooth comes out, he is given a swig of vodka to 'prevent infection'

After the tooth comes out, he is given a swig of vodka to ‘prevent infection’

In the video, subtitles explain that for 'centuries north nomads' teeth were good' as they ate lots of frozen, raw meat, but the rise of Western foods has led to more dental problems

In the video, subtitles explain that for ‘centuries north nomads’ teeth were good’ as they ate lots of frozen, raw meat, but the rise of Western foods has led to more dental problems

The man with the toothache can be heard crying out in pain as the DIY extraction takes place. 

After the tooth comes out, he is given a swig of vodka to ‘prevent infection.’

In the video, subtitles explain that for ‘centuries north nomads’ teeth were good’ as they ate lots of frozen, raw meat, but the rise of Western foods has led to more dental problems.  

Some of the worst offending products, according to the video, are bread, dairy, sweets, cookies and ‘tea with lots of sugar.’ 

Instead of ‘tough raw meat,’ the nomads have also started eating soft ‘boiled meat with pasta,’ and fresh fruit and vegetables, which are essential for healthy gums and teeth, are hard to come by. 

As a result, a nomadic woman says that ‘many nomads’ teeth are in pretty bad condition.’

Among men the problem is worse, one male interviewee explains, as they tend to ‘smoke a lot which is also bad for teeth.’

The video notes that nomadic families tend to visit towns twice a year to stock up on supplies and during this time, they can visit a dentist.  

To repair damaged teeth, the subtitles reveal that metal crowns are often used and several people interviewed in the video have these fitted. 

One nomadic man smiles to reveal a row of metal crowns on his top front teeth

One nomadic man smiles to reveal a row of metal crowns on his top front teeth

A nomadic woman says that 'many nomad's teeth are in pretty bad condition'

A nomadic woman says that ‘many nomad’s teeth are in pretty bad condition’

Among men the problem is worse, one male interviewee explains, as they tend to 'smoke a lot which is also bad for teeth'

Among men the problem is worse, one male interviewee explains, as they tend to ‘smoke a lot which is also bad for teeth’

Instead of 'tough raw meat,' the nomads have also started eating soft 'boiled meat with pasta'

Instead of ‘tough raw meat,’ the nomads have also started eating soft ‘boiled meat with pasta’ 

While the youngsters have strong and healthy teeth, the nomadic diet gradually takes its toll

While the youngsters have strong and healthy teeth, the nomadic diet gradually takes its toll

In one scene, a nomadic man smiles to reveal an entire row of metal crowns on his top front teeth.

The end of the video explains that the older nomads generally eat porridge as this is easier to eat with bad teeth. 

Many viewers have commented on how painful the tooth extraction looked. 

One commenter wrote: ‘I felt the man’s pain. I was so sad seeing this. All the best to him and his family and all the other herders.’

Another viewer from the US said they could relate to the pain, as to save money, their parents ‘would take string’ and ‘yank’ theirs out as a child.

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