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19 Nov 2015

Proper Dental Etiquette


Going to see your Ottawa dentist should be a habit in your life. Whether you go once a year, or have the recommended bi-annual visits, it’s important that you regularly visit your dental professional. While at the dentist, it is also important to remember that you are in their chair, in their office and should follow what they say as they have your best intentions at heart. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you feel pain you shouldn’t let them know, but rather if they give you specific instructions on what you should be doing while in their chair, it is best that you follow them.

A good example of this is the use of your cell phone during a dental examination. Life is busy for most people, and constantly using your smartphone may be necessary, but it can make things more difficult for the dentist. “My first patient is a young man of 19 years of age; I am getting him ready for a complicated procedure that will take us over one hour. He comes in five minus late, and does not get off his phone. I asked him to put his phone away. This young man wanted to hold his phone due to slight dental anxiety. I am very understanding and empathetic of dental fears, so I let him. However, he would not stop messaging someone on Facebook. I made a request for him to turn his phone off because he is not letting me do my job.”

The next time you visit your local Ottawa dentist make sure you are aware of your smartphone usage. The average dental examination and cleaning will usually not exceed 45 minutes, so it may be in the best interest of all parties involved to put your phone in your pocket and wait until everything is done before you resume using it.