BE HONEST WITH YOUR DENTIST...PLEASE!

In a consumer-directed article, Reader’s Digest (2/3, Jung) discusses dental etiquette, featuring advice from American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper. For example, Dr. Cooper encourages patients to be honest about their dental habits with their dentist, stating that “lying to a dentist will result in damage to yourself because honesty is the only way we can really give our best shot at the best treatment.” Dr. Cooper also recommends patients ask any questions they have, saying “it’s essential that the patient understand the treatment” his or her dentist proposes, as well as “all options and alternatives.” The article states that while dental patients with the flu should reschedule their appointments, those who are “only a little under the weather” are probably fine to still go. “Dentists have very carefully placed hygiene measures in the office to ensure that disease isn’t transmitted,” says Dr. Cooper