What Dentists Should NOT say to Patients? Critical Thinking Paper 2015 #Dentists #Patients #Healthcare


I may receive negative feedback from my dental colleagues in regards to the title of this paper, with all the respect I am not defining any dentists and I am asking my dental colleagues who are concerned to read this paper till the end. I believe that thinking in positive way may lead dentists to be aware about their dialogue with their patients focusing on choosing the right terms and explanations to choose what to say and not to patients. It is a fact when dentist is able to develop his emotional intelligence and self-awareness he or she as a dentist will be able to enhance the trust level with his or her patients.

Back to the subject of the paper things that dentists in general says to their patients not necessary to be during a treatment plan session or a diagnosis session , it may rise during a general chat with the patients in front of the reception desk or at the waiting area.

In this paper I am not aiming to discuss dental practice ethics or dental fraud practice, I am looking to argue the thoughts and words that may dentists use during their conversation with patients and may develop a non-sense fear for patients.

  • Dentist are saying to their patients to have fluoride dosage in any form of intake. That’s a wrong say, in fact dentists shall explain further to their patients that an extra intake of fluoride will be causing poisoning for the patient. In 2012 Harvard study showed disturbing evidence that fluoridation greatly affect brain. Studies also begging to link fluoride effects on the brain to Alzheimer’s.
  • Dentist shall not say that removing a wisdom tooth or a third molar at early age is less traumatic. That is wrong. Studies shows that only 10-12% of people will develop impacted wisdom tooth that need a removal in one day. Yet dentists are claiming that 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted (Jay W. Freedman, 2012).
  • Don’t say that Amalgam fillings and silver fillings are not dangerous. Although your patients may seek the cheapest filling you shall advise them on the harmful content of amalgam and silver fillings. These fillings are primarily in question for their mercury content, about 1,000 mg.  Amalgam fillings contain more mercury than any other product you or your patient may know. Mercury poisoning can affect the body’s neurological, immunological, and endocrinological processes.  Mercury hinders the body’s ability to detoxify itself which leads to further illnessDentists are taught that because the mercury is bound with other metals, mercury does not leak into the patient’s body.  However, studies show that mercury vapour can be measured from the tip of an amalgam filled tooth.  The fact that this vapour can be measured, means that mercury is leaking into the body (Dr. Joseph Mercola).
  • Dental X-ray’s shall be taken every 6 month or yearly. Dentist should not ask, advice or convince their patients as part of their yearly visit to have another Dental X-ray to maintain a proper dental record. That’s wrong. We are exposed to more radiation today than ever before in human history. Airplanes, cell phones, x-rays, even our food contributes to our radiation levels.  Radiation is cumulative over the body’s lifetime. Radiation has been linked to thyroid cancer and brain tumours even small babies in those women who were administered a dental x-ray during their pregnancy. “The mistaken assumption is that the ultraviolet light from the sun is comparable to the penetrating photons of x-rays and gamma rays. … Ultraviolet radiation does not penetrate past the skin, it does not cause cancer of internal organs such as the tongue, lungs, breast, pancreas, colon, etc. Ultraviolet light can cause cancers of the skin (and probably some cancers of the eye). X-rays can cause cancer not only of the skin, but also of any internal organ exposed by the x-ray beam.” (By John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., and Egan O’Connor. My advice, skip the x-ray if it is just a regular dental check-up.
  • Latest technologies can solve dental problems. That’s wrong. Dentist who are claiming that without modern dentistry patients will be toothless are not aware what are the benefits of Practical Dental Care. I had read a lot of stories about people who are fighting cancer and all it started with led tooth filling.

In my point of view dentists shall advise on brushing and flossing daily, the most simple and logical step that patients can take to proactively care for their teeth.  By using fluoride-free toothpaste!  Secondly, eating a healthy, whole foods, nutrient rich diet can impact patient’s dental health more than they know.  Sure we overhear that sugar will result in occurring of cavities, but did patients know that they can actually reverse tooth decay without ever going to see a dentist? Dentist role is more just than performing diagnosis and treatment, it is more to be a role of a magician to draw smiles on faces and not only treat caries.

Finally, did dentists know that a one case of two Laminate veneers worth the filling of 4 molars and 2 incisors with less efforts and much profit.

About the Author:

Dr.Hisham M Safadi (Hisham Safadi ) BDS in Dental Surgery & MSc Leadership and Management in Health Care Practice from the University of Salford where his Master dissertation was in the effect of Emotional Intelligence on improving Dentistry care in Middle East. He was born and raised in the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Dr.Safadi had start his professional career as a dentist then turn to the field of managing medical facilities and investment management. His main interest is business start-up, leadership and mentoring. The dentist personality in Dr.Safadi still rising his concerns about the dental field and encourage him to work developing dental practice policy and enhance dental patients awareness and improving their rights. Currently he is leading several projects in Manchester that is related to enhance patient experience and improving leadership style through education.

Twitter: @hishamsafadi

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