A new survey has revealed that four out of ten Americans lie to their dentist about everything from flossing to missed appointments.
The Harris Interactive poll, which was commissioned by Philips Sonicare and Oral Health America, suggested that dentists may get further with their patients if they do not ask them direct questions, www.drbicuspid.com reports.
Gary Kaid, head of dental management consulting firm NextLevel Practice, told the website that people can be particularly economical with the truth with dental receptionists.
According to one of his surveys, only 15 percent of patients admit to receptionists why they are really cancelling appointments.
On a more serious level, some patients also neglect to tell their dentist if they suffer from debilitating diseases, which can have dangerous consequences.
To try and build up a relationship of trust, Mr Kaid advised dentists to "look beyond the soft and hard tissues and get to the emotional issues of the patient".
In related news, a recent study by Kelton Research found that of the 53 percent of Americans who have been referred to a dental specialist, 46 percent did not attend the appointment.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.