3 Interesting Things Dentists Don’t Tell You
I recently visited a dentist at bellharbourdental.com who understood my anxieties about dentists because of unpleasant childhood memories. What was so memorable about the appointment was that the dentist was so calm and kind even though I was stressed.
I was taken aback that he did not judge me even though I talked negatively about my childhood dentists. It turns out, this dentist changed my perception and helped me overcome my fears just by listening and talking me through the procedure. Here are three interesting things I learned about dentists.
1. Dentists Do Not Tell You That You Are Wrong
I can just imagine how many patients speak negatively about their past experiences to their new dentists. Such was the case with me as I brought my past experiences to my appointment.
I told the same concerns to the appointment setter, nurse, technician and dentist, and no one at the clinic told me I was wrong. Instead, they were gentle and kind. They also never judged me for believing they were just like the dentists I remembered.
What I learned from the experience is that it did not hurt, the dentist was trained in dealing with my fears, and he was kind and caring which is a lesson I would not have learned had I not made the appointment to get a check-up and cleaning.
2. You Have Bad Habits
Do you only brush two times a day instead of the three you claim because you thought you were supposed to answer that way? No matter how you answer, dentists already know the answer based on the condition of your teeth.
They also know if you are not brushing your teeth correctly as the evidence will point to staining or periodontal disease in specific places. Dentists will not tell you that you have bad habits. Your teeth will.
3. Dentists Do Not Tell You That You Are Lying
Have you ever fudged your intake form just a bit? Have you avoided certain boxes on your family medical history to avoid judgment? I must admit I was that person. It was just five pounds! What is the big deal, right? Well, it is a big deal if you will need medication or anesthesia.
Dentists also need accurate information to see if you are at risk for certain diseases as it helps define your treatment plan. Dentists must learn dental habits as well so that they can give you the professional advice you pay for.
Dentists also know the answer before asking the question as they have years of experience looking at teeth in different stages. They will not call you a liar even though they see evidence of lifestyle choices on your teeth and know why they are stained or why the enamel is thinning.
When I told the dentist that I brushed for two minutes, he nicely also taught me the right technique instead of pointing out what I did wrong. For a sparkling smile, oral hygiene takes ten minutes of brushing every day and flossing at least once. Not bad for someone who used to be afraid of the dentist.