By Casey Culberson
Posted in News, on March 31, 2016
The soft rock station playing in the waiting room, the sound of birds in the spring, the whir of the drill as it digs deep into your molar—these are all things that dentists love to hear. They are beautiful, soulful, music to our ears. But there are also lots of things that dentists hate to hear, and 95% of them come from patients. Let’s listen in, shall we?
“I hate the dentist.”
Great, glad we could establish a professional relationship on that note. Have you ever walked into your auto mechanic’s shop and told him up front that you hate mechanics? Would you call the police and then tell the responding officer that you hate cops? Would you expect a positive reaction? Because of our profession, we have to force a smile, but you are definitely not getting the goody bag with 5 ounces of mouthwash, that’s for sure.
“I had ribs for lunch.”
Maybe you have a cleaning lady come to your house once or twice a week. Do you deliberately go out of your way to make the house messy before she comes—spilling milk and tracking in mud? No, you’re not a sociopath. Probably. Don’t tell us you just had ribs, tuna, a raw onion, etc. Going to the dentist doesn’t mean you get a freebie on brushing your teeth, you animal.
“Are these X-rays safe?”
No, but we give them to every patient anyway just for funsies. Of course the X-ray is safe. You’ll get more radiation being outside all day than you will from the dentist’s X-ray. But by all means, don’t let that stop you from developing a totally unfounded fear of the X-ray machine, and refusing to bite down when we ask.
“I don’t grind my teeth!”
Except, yes, yes you do. This is not the end of the world, and you weren’t just accused of throwing your mother off a cliff. We’re not making this up; just trying to help you out a little. Hey, and if it makes you feel any better, we can suggest that you’re doing it in your sleep. Not your fault at all.
“Did you ever think about becoming a real doctor?”
Patients say a lot of things that make you want to poke their gums in retaliation, but unfortunately that technique is frowned upon. Instead, distract them with the Molar Media Mount. While they’re watching Friends reruns, they won’t be mouthing off about how much they hate the dentist. It’s a win-win. With the Molar Media Mount, you can keep conversation to a minimum, and save yourself from a headache. Contact us today to learn more!