Many people HATE the dentist. Loathe it! Shake just thinking about it! Do anything in their power to avoid going! Well... HA! I've got news for you..... there are a few things that we as dental professional dislike as well. In no particular order:
1: In order for us to see in your mouth, you need to open. WIDE! Not a slight pursed lips open... like a flip top. Imagine the Reach dental guy who's head flips back... well not that wide... but WIDE. You want me to do a good job? I need to see. It doesn't happen often, but there are patients who just refuse to open their mouth. I've never quite figured it out!
2: Trust me. I know you're lying to me when you say you floss and you don't. I can tell that from a mile away! I'm not kidding. I KNOW! And.... for me personally.... it doesn't bother me if you do or you don't floss. I'm not your mother. I'm not going to babysit you and yell at you when you don't floss. I ask because I care and want to help you help yourself. If you tell me you don't floss, it's okay. Really! It's ok. I try to help you find ways to better care for you mouths.
3: Crowns. They are expensive. They are a necessity for many. I have seen thousands of them. They are fantastic. But thanks for letting me know you have one! :) See pic below. This applies to front fillings as well. I know they are there. wink wink
4: Tardiness. Need I say more? There is usually a very good reason for coming to your appointment late. It is unavoidable in some situations. This is for the CHRONIC tardy person. Do you realize that it's impossible for me to do a good job and stay on schedule when you're late? It's not in my nature to NOT do a good job, therfeore your tardiness affects every patient left in my schedule. Please be courteous of my time and I will be courteous of yours :)
Check the blog again soon. I'm thinking I like the confessions of a Dental Hygienist! Thoughts?