Even though many people are likely to stretch the truth while at their dental appointments, your dentist isn’t so easily fooled. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and is often times a pretty good reflection of a patients oral and general health. The truth is that at your regular checkup, your dentist can recognize many of the lies that patients are telling. Continue reading to learn what the most popular ones are.
I Floss Regularly
Even though brushing goes a long way when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth, it doesn’t remove plaque from below your gumline like flossing does. If you have gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, this is a dead give away they you aren’t flossing regularly or you’re doing it incorrectly. Remember to floss at least once a day using gentle up and down motions in order to dislodge plaque and food particles.
I Don’t Smoke
Using tobacco products increases your risk for pretty much any type of cancer and many other health conditions. Your dentist can often tell if you smoke because tobacco is notorious for staining teeth when you smoke often. They also may be able to smell it on your clothes if you smoked recently. People who smoke are more likely to struggle with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways that you can quit.
I Rarely Drink Soda
Soda is terrible for your teeth because the high acid content wears away at the protective layer of enamel. The high levels of sugar fuel bacterial growth which leads to increased tooth decay. It’s best to save soda for occasions, use a straw, and rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.
I Only Drink Alcohol on Occasions
The tip off for heavy drinkers is the fact that they tend to have very dry mouths. This is because alcohol interferes with the salivary glands and reduces saliva production. 70% of patients with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. Alcohol also has a very distinct smell that your dentist can easily recognize. It’s best to save adult beverages for special occasions or cut them out of your life completely.
That Doesn’t Hurt
Even though you feel like you can tough out certain sensations, your dentist can usually tell if you are feeling discomfort. This is because the body responds in very specific ways to pain. Often times, patients’ eyes will flinch or clench shut. Your tongue and legs are also likely to become tense. Don’t be afraid to speak up to your dentist if you are feeling pain. They may be able to apply a topical anesthetic or allow you to take pain medication before your next visit.
Next time you go in for a dental visit, be aware that your dentist isn’t as easily fooled as you once thought. Being honest is key to getting to the root of issues so you can have better oral and overall health in the future.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young is a well-experienced and skilled dentist serving patients in the Manahawkin, NJ area. He graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry at the top of his class and has a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Oral Implantology. Dr. Young has been named a top dentist by Consumers Report for the last ten years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (609) 597-1830.