At your dental exams, do you lie about flossing your teeth and brushing regularly? Turns out, so do a lot of other people. It’s quite common to stretch the truth a little bit during a dental visit — but we can spot a fib a mile away.
A person’s mouth is a pretty good reflection of not just oral health but also general health — and lying about how often you floss or brush can cause problems later on. For example, if a patient who says she flosses every day has inflammation under her gums, she could have an un-diagnosed health problem. If the patient is telling the truth about her flossing habits, I may be in a position to deter a serious condition — but if she’s lying, she could undergo unnecessary testing (and worry) for nothing.
One thing is certain: A close rapport and honesty between dentist and patient is key to the best possible treatment.
Delta Dental has put together a refreshingly truthful, and humorous info-graphic that reflects how often and why people fib to the dentist. Here are just some of the lies you can stop telling us at your dental appointments.
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