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Overtreatment is the treatment of non-existent pathology or providing services excessive to the true needs of the patient. It has been observed that overtreatment in dentistry is a problem spread throughout the profession. There are a number of reasons why a dentist might suggest unnecessary or overzealous treatment. This paper explores the instances and potential factors which lead to overtreatment as also the solutions for this growing problem. Overtreatment has been reported to be one of the causes of increasing health care costs today. There is a need to embrace evidence-based treatment protocols that can lead to optimum treatment. Thereby we can prevent overtreatment of unsuspecting patients and also keep dentistry's conscience clear.