How to avoid a ‘fear’ of tooth decay
People fear dentists who offer false or misleading information to them about dental care because of a lack of dental care in their community, a new study finds.
The study, published online by the American Journal of Public Health, examined the attitudes of people in 15 U.S. communities in order to determine whether there were any negative consequences to people who believed that dentists lied about dental health.
The research was conducted by Dr. Michael Moll, a researcher with the Yale University Health and Science Center and an adjunct professor of dentistry at Yale University Medical School.
He is the lead author of the study.
In the study, participants were randomly assigned to take part in a two-day study, during which they were asked about their opinions on whether dentists were lying about dental services in their communities.
The results of the survey revealed that most people were not willing to admit to being wrong, and the survey was designed to elicit positive responses to their feelings of being lied to by dentists.
In fact, just one out of five participants said that they were willing to tell the truth, and a third said they were unwilling to tell their colleagues about the lie, even if they were told the truth.
But despite the negative effects of dentists’ lies, the study also found that there were positive consequences to being willing to believe that dentistry was being mismanaged in a community.
Those who were willing in the short term to trust dentists and the fact that dentist services were being given were much less likely to think that they should avoid dental care altogether in the long run.
They were more likely to consider other forms of dental health care in the future.
“People who feel they have no choice but to believe dentists are telling the truth about the quality of dental services they receive are much less inclined to feel that they need to seek out care in other ways,” Moll said.
“There are other health issues that are less likely for people to consider, but if you feel like you have to do something because you believe dentistry is being misrun in your community, that’s a real problem.”
He added that people who were more willing to lie about dental providers in the community may not want to tell others about this, so it may not have an impact on their ability to prevent tooth decay.
“That may be a problem for dentists because they have to convince people to keep their mouths shut about it,” Mell said.
The findings of the research suggest that people are not necessarily afraid of dentist deception, Moll told Reuters Health.
But, they do need to be careful about how they use their teeth, especially when it comes to dental care.
The American Dental Association has issued a statement that suggests dentists may not be telling the whole truth, or about the value of their services.
“Dentists are not always lying, but there is a difference between being honest and being truthful,” said Dr. Amy Loeffler, director of public affairs for the association.
“For example, people who are not going to use dental care may not tell you how many times a day they do it.
That information could help you make an informed decision about the dental health of the person you are seeing.”