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.