How to be a good patient at the dentist.
I am not a dentist. I am a dental student, so this list is structured by 4 months of clinical experience.
- •Go to sleepThe less talking you do, the faster we work.
- •Don't say "i hate going to the dentist"The only valid reasons to hate us: needles in mouth, permanent numbness, high pitch squeaking handpieces, discomfort, trauma, etc
- •Breathe through your noseMouth breathers fog my mirror.
- •Clean your teeth before the appointment.I'd rather not know what you ate 30 minutes ago.
- •Don't flossNot flossing leads to interproximal decay which means more opportunities for me.
- •On that note, don't bring up the "no evidence that flossing is beneficial" study.It will most likely end in a rant from your dentist about how he/she studied for 4-6 years and you read an article for 20 seconds. The absence of evidence does not mean there is evidence of absence.
- •If you are using the word "abscess" in your chief complaint, make sure to spell it right.It will save you some prejudice before you're in the chair.