A visit to the dentist is often an unpleasant event.
And the doctor also starts asking questions that often cause the patient to be embarrassed. It seems that an adult, a responsible person should not run his teeth before the appearance of caries … As a result, patients often recruit or lie to a doctor, but in vain!
Marina Kolesnichenko, dentist, chief physician of Beauty Line, told why the doctor still knows the truth and why you shouldn't lie when visiting a cherished office with a drill.
"I absolutely do not drink and do not smoke"
What pushes heavy smokers and drinkers to such lies? Most likely, the fear that the doctor will immediately quit the harmful habit, the reluctance to justify not the healthiest way of life, but also the realization that alcohol and cigarettes really destroy their teeth. And it turns out that the patient himself is to blame for his problems.
Admitting it is unpleasant, however, it is senseless to hide the truth – the dentist will understand everything at a glance and, often, at first sight. Meanwhile, patients who can not refuse wine-vodka and tobacco products, the doctor will select procedures that will help maintain dental health – for example, remineralization or professional cleaning.
"I adhere to all the rules of a healthy lifestyle"
Why lie to a question that, at first glance, has nothing to do with teeth?
And the whole thing is about the same responsibility and adulthood: after all, an adult should be responsible for his own health, keep fit, and now fitness and sports are especially fashionable. How can you confess that you like most of all to lie on the sofa watching the show or play Skyrim?
However, the doctor does not just ask tricky questions: the state of the teeth is an indicator of the health of the whole body, and if they are in poor condition, this may indicate some as yet unclear disease. Therefore, the doctor asks you not out of malignancy, but from the desire to exclude any serious diseases (for example, diabetes, gastritis, osteoporosis, etc.) and to establish how lifestyle affects your dental health.
"I do not eat junk food"
Sweet, soda, fast food and snacks, where the amount of carbohydrates goes beyond the limit – all of this is a danger to the teeth. But to admit that your favorite food literally destroys your teeth – it is difficult, and not everyone wants to give up tasty dishes. So there are excuses – I don’t eat anything harmful at all, I allow myself only for a holiday, etc.
However, the doctor will quickly understand that this is not so: if you say that you eat right and your teeth get worse and worse, it means that you either have some kind of illness or you don’t agree on something. By the way, such a lie is fraught with the fact that your teeth will eventually leave you, and the transition to proper nutrition will be forced.
“I brush my teeth twice a day, every day and from all sides”
Probably, 90% of patients describe their relationship with toothpaste and a toothbrush in exactly this way. Alas, alas, it will not work to lie – the doctor will immediately understand whether this is true or not. It will be enough one glance at the deposits of plaque and food debris to expose the liar.
In fact, you should not be like a preschool child and hide the truth. The doctor will give you professional hygiene, select the care and teach you how to brush your teeth properly. You can even brush your teeth with a doctor so that he can identify and correct errors. It's not scary to say that you do not know how.
Moreover, with a large amount of plaque with proper tooth brushing, a study should be made of the chemical composition of saliva or its production. Probably, it simply does not cope with the function of self-cleaning of teeth.
“I use floss, irrigator, rinse”
The irrigator is a homemade device for scrubbing plaque and food residue from between the teeth. Floss (dental floss) serve the same purpose. So the doctor will immediately find out whether you really use these devices or mislead him.
This is especially true of those patients to whom the dentist has recommended the use of additional hygiene products. Do not neglect them – this also leads to an increased risk of developing caries, not to mention not unpleasant smell from the mouth.
There is also such a device as an electric toothbrush. Some of them have sensors that allow the doctor to monitor how the patient is brushing his teeth. The brush is connected to the smartphone, the corresponding application is loaded, which remembers the patient's face, and each time you brush your teeth, it monitors its quality. Diary of cleaning if you wish, you can show the doctor.
“I do everything the doctor says”
In fact, no – you forget about this nonsense as soon as you leave the office. In fact, the doctor cannot give recommendations for some rational reason – he does this only for the sake of wasting time. And then, on the second admission, you famously declare that you have done everything, but for some reason it did not help.
First, your lie will quickly become apparent to the doctor.
Secondly, this behavior will only delay recovery.
Third, let us assume that the dentist believed you and appointed new examinations, a new treatment regimen and gave new recommendations.
And who got worse? Only your wallet and teeth.
“I don’t remember when the symptoms started”
Sometimes it is difficult to admit to the doctor that the problems with the tooth began long ago, but you just hoped that they themselves would pass, and you would not have to visit the dreaded office with a drill. But no – the focus did not pass, and now the doctor asks when the situation has become so neglected. That is, he asks the question “When did the symptoms start?”, But you hear something completely different! And say you do not remember. But in fact, the need to conduct investigations in the style of Sherlock Holmes will only increase the time that the doctor spends on diagnosis, instead of immediately starting treatment. And yes – do not hope, the doctor will understand that you are telling a lie.
"I feel very bad"
Yes, a very hard feeling with teeth problems is not a fiction, it happens. No wonder that there is an urgent reception for acute pain, especially since toothache is one of the most powerful in the human body. But we are talking about those that exaggerate the symptoms in order to get an appointment sooner, as well as those who simply panic, and fear has large eyes. Deceive, again, will not succeed – during the examination, the doctor will reveal a liar. He will not treat faster or stronger means, because each procedure has indications for use and protocol.
"No one in my family was sick of it."
Sometimes the doctor asks if there were any similar cases in your family, because heredity plays its role in the development of a number of diseases (defects of bite, periodontitis, periodontal disease, etc.). Fiercely to deny the relatives' diseases, especially if papa had all his teeth dropped at thirty, and mom had forty, not a good idea. After all, knowing about the hereditary features, the doctor will be able to plan and advise the care and preventive procedures to promote dental health.
"I have a problem heredity"
Often this excuse is used by those who do not like to care for their teeth, but they like sweets, alcohol, cigarettes and as much as possible carbohydrates in the diet. But, despite the real influence of hereditary factors on the condition of the teeth, it is better not to shift all the blame on them. Simple, but regular and thorough care, plus a medical examination once every six months with honest answers to all questions – and you will be able to keep your teeth for many years.