As a dental assistant or dental hygienist, you likely have some crazy stories to tell. Patients aren’t always easy to work with.
We’ve compiled some things patients do that make the day a little less enjoyable. Whether you have been in the dental industry for a while or you are thinking about joining, the following examples are sure to give you a good laugh.
You would think that if you’re about to work on a patient’s teeth that they would at least take the time to brush them well before coming in for their appointment. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a courtesy you are given.
There have sadly been countless encounters with patients who failed to brush their teeth prior to their appointment. This makes it difficult and unpleasant to clean and care for their teeth.
If this happens to you, it will go a long way in making your job easier by giving them a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush with before their care.
Using Old Toothbrushes
If your patient doesn’t replace their toothbrush often enough, it will eventually lead to poor oral health and hygiene. After all, an old toothbrush is likely to be crawling with bacteria.
This can result in damaged gums, infections, and illnesses. If you run into this, take the time to educate your patient on the importance of swapping out their old toothbrush with a new one.
As a bonus to your patient, talk to them about brushing properly to ensure that they are practicing the right dental care at home.
Skipping Out on Flossing
For whatever reason, patients skip flossing. No matter how often you tell them of its importance, it seems to get overlooked more often than not. When your forgetful patient comes in with plaque and inflammation of the gums, it can be enough to make you want to pull your hair out.
We’ve all seen it: that patient with poor oral health and hygiene who admits to having an equally poor diet. Drinking beverages and eating foods loaded with sugar will quickly lead to cavities and tooth decay without proper care.
As aggravating as it is to see this, take the time to instill in your patients the dangers of consuming food and drinks that are high in sugar content. Hopefully, they heed the information you give them and improve their care at home.
If you are a dentist, you want qualified professionals on your team who can properly educate your patients on matters such as these. If you want to find the best and brightest dental assistants in your area, Stynt is exactly what you need!
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