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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.
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