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25 do's and don'ts your dentist wishes you knew
What your dentist wishes you knew.pdf (261.41KB)
25 do's and don'ts your dentist wishes you knew
What your dentist wishes you knew.pdf (261.41KB)





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20 do’s and don’ts your dentist wishes you knew. . .

This article was rather strange to write, as I thought that most of the points below were just a given, but after doing some research it seems that sometimes we need to be reminded of how some of our behaviours may affect people around us.  Here are some things to remember next time you visit your dentist:

  1. Dentists are also doctors. Their title is Dr. They also studied for years and years to be able to help you safely and work on your teeth with a drill! Respect please.
  2. Tell them everything. Even if you think something is not serious, you should tell your dentist. For example, bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease and it is a big deal. If you have changed your medication or you are ill, tell the dentist, it all matters.
  3. Dentists also go to the dentist. Yes, they know it’s not fun. They too are not excited and rearing to go to the dentist. They know you do not like having a stranger put his/her fingers in your mouth.  
  4. Dentists have feelings too. Generally, dentists have a very high rate of dissatisfaction. There's a well-known statistic that dentists have an extremely high rate of suicide. Besides the other contributing factors, the first thing many people say when they get into the chair is, “I hate the dentist.” Imagine being told that you’re hated a few times a day. You probably do not mean to be offensive. But think about it, it’s like telling your blonde partner “I hate blondes, but not you”. It is just plain rude. Manners please.
  5. It is better for you if your dentist likes you. Dentists shouldn’t treat people they don’t like, but it is not always practical. Teeth are attached to people. If your dentist doesn’t like you, they are more likely to make diagnosis errors. Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think, tells us that mistakes in diagnosis are more likely to occur when doctors treat people they don’t like.
  6. There are reasons why going to the dentist is so expensive. There are always the exceptions and yes, there are dentists who are unethical and who are over-charging patients, but overall, dentists are also running a business in the most ethical way possible. That said, your dentist needs to see you as a patient, but also a customer that he/she needs to make a profit out of. Unfortunately, a dental practice is a business - and a very expensive one to run at that.
  7. Your dentist spends time and money trying to be better. Dentistry techniques, equipment and supplies are always changing. Dentists need to stay informed and skilled. There are many great lectures and courses available, all of which cost money. Dentists need to charge patients for their expertise, just as a junior consultant at an Audit firm costs less per hour than a senior manager does. If you are searching for a dentist based on price, you may also be getting what you are paying for.
  8. Debt is real. Dentists, like other doctors, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars/rands on education, and have spent hours making “your crown” fit precisely in your mouth. Setting up a dental practice with equipment, such as the chair, and x-ray sensors can be extremely expensive. The constant supplies that are used on patients need to be replenished.
  9. Consultations take long – Time is money. Generally, dentist consultations are not as quick as an average GP consultation might be. On a good day, GP’s can see a new patient every fifteen minutes, without needing to do x-rays or drilling, enabling them to increase their revenue with more patients per day. Dentists generally cannot increase their patient numbers without compromising the quality of the care they give to their patients.
  10. Ethically, your dentist needs to look at all your teeth, he/she is not trying to make a quick buck. Yes, we know it is expensive and you probably came in for that one tooth that should have been seen to six months ago. Some dentists will just help you with your emergency, but most dentists are committed to your comprehensive care and long-term results which include: A comprehensive examination of all the teeth, the gums, the bite and an oral cancer examination.
  11. Brush your teeth and floss. This one is just obvious. Even though dentists look at teeth all day, they still do not want to work on teeth that have weeks of plaque all over them, it is not the dentist’s job to clean your teeth!
  12. Check that your nose is clean too.
  13. Ladies, go easy on the make-up, lipstick and perfume.
  14. When the they tell you that you grind your teeth, do not argue with the dentist.When they tell you that you have a cavity and need a filling, don’t argue with them.
  15. Do not wince and make faces or sounds when it is not that sore. It prevents the dentist from doing his/her best job.
  16. Keep your tongue out of the way and open your mouth widely enough or as instructed.
  17. Stop talking when the dentist’s fingers are in your mouth.
  18. No shows or last minute cancellations or postponements are rude. Not only is the dentist unable to fill the time reserved for you, but someone else who needed to get in couldn’t.
  19. Be on time. When you are late, the dentist is late for every other appointment after yours.
  20. Dentists are not drug pushers
  21. It is annoying when a patient only wants to fix the cosmetic things.
  22. It is also annoying when a patient only wants to do what medical aid will pay for.
  23. Yes, you need to brush your dentures
  24. Eat something before the time, as you may not get to eat for a while afterwards. Then brush your teeth before your appointment. No garlic or onions
  25. Put down your mobile phone when you are in the chair!            

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