6 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

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Many people are guilty of lying to their dentist about certain things during their appointment. Even if you’re just stretching the truth a little bit, chances are that your dentist knows that you’re not being completely honest. The mouth is a reflection of not just oral health, but your overall wellbeing. Though it can be uncomfortable to admit certain things to your dentist, it’s important that you tell the truth for the sake of your health. Here are some of the most common lies that patients tell when they come into the office.

“I Floss Regularly”

Even though brushing removes a lot of plaque from your teeth and gum line, flossing removes plaque from below the gum line. If your gums are inflamed, it often indicates that you haven’t been flossing regularly. It’s important to be honest about your flossing habits because if the truth is that you are flossing everyday and still have inflammation, this could be a sign of another underlying issue that requires treatment.

“I Don’t Smoke”

Tobacco is known for staining your teeth. In addition to tooth discoloration, your dentist may also notice the smell of smoke on your clothes if you have smoked recently. Not only does smoking tobacco products increase your risk of lung cancer, it also increases your risk for oral and throat cancers as well as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways that you can quit.

“I Don’t Drink Soda”

This sugary beverage is highly acidic meaning that it easily wears away the protective enamel that coats the outside of your teeth. This is something that your dentist picks up on during your dental cleanings. It’s best to save soda for occasions, use a straw, and rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.

“That Doesn’t Hurt”

If you’re in pain, your body has natural responses that your dental team notices. This includes tightening your tongue and legs as well as flinching or clenching your eyes. If what your dentist is doing is causing you pain, let them know. They may be able to use a local anesthetic or allow you to use pain medication before your next appointment. Communication is key to ensure that you have a comfortable dental experience.

“I Only Drink Alcohol on Occasions”

Alcohol has a very distinct smell and can cause dry mouth when consumed often. It interferes with the salivary glands and reduces saliva production. 7 out of 10 people with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. If you’re drinking heavily, your dentist will know. It is best to save alcohol for special events or cut it out of your life completely.

“I Don’t Grind My Teeth”

Over time, your teeth become worn from grinding. Muscle pain around your jaw, as well as frequent headaches are also signs that you may have bruxism. You may not even know that you’re doing it. The good thing is that your dentist can spot signs of this and help you come up with a solution, like wearing a nightguard while you sleep.

Telling these lies may not seem like a big deal, but they are important issues to discuss with your dentist. Honesty is the best policy, especially when dealing with a healthcare professional.

About the Practice

Torbram Dental in Brampton, ON has not just one, but two well experienced dentists serving patients in the practice. Dr. Vince Fava earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto and is a member of several professional organizations including the Ontario Dental Association and Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Zaid Babahami earned his first dental degree at the University of Baghdad before moving to Canada and earning his DDS from the University of Western Ontario. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call +1 905-792-7163.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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