7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

People tend to stretch the truth a little bit when they visit their dentist. And dentists know it, says Shawn Adibi, DDS, an associate professor in the department of general practice and dental public health at the University of Texas at Houston.

For example, when patients say they floss once a week, notes Dr. Adibi, some dentists might assume they mean something like every other week.

But the joke’s on us. “A person’s mouth is a pretty good reflection of not just oral health but also general health,” says Adibi. And lying about how often you floss or drink alcohol can cause problems later on. For example, if a patient who says she flosses every day has inflammation under her gums, she could have an

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