8 Types of Singaporeans at the Dentist
Are you the Googler or the Superstar? Mr Paranoia or Ms Atas? Let’s find out.
The master of self-(mis)diagnosis, thanks to an unwavering belief that Google has all the answers.
We say: Stop it! A personalised dental health exam is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis, so stop fretting over what you read online and get professional advice instead.
Boy, does he treat his teeth well! Brushes, rinses and flosses twice a day, and never misses his twice-a-year dental health exam and professional scaling and polishing appointment.
We say: Awesome! He has the best dental habits and the discipline to stick to them. Bet his friends envy his white teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath!
She’s no stranger to aesthetic procedures because this is a woman who invests in her confidence. For her smile makeover, she’ll settle for nothing less than a celebrity dentist.
We say: Famous is great but how about reading reviews of different clinics and dentists to decide which is best suited for you? A little research won’t hurt, we promise.
He’s so fearful of dentists that he stopped visiting one ever since he graduated from school. His childhood dentist visits still haunt him today… the pain, the blood, the screeching!
We say: Don’t worry! Today’s dental technology is nothing like before. They use lasers now, so there’s no pain and no hair-raising drills. You just need to find a friendly and professional dentist who can put you at ease.
She’s a public figure, so as much as she desperately wants to fix her crooked teeth, she’s worried that braces will affect her modelling opportunities.
Mr ‘Bo Chup’
He brushes his teeth every morning but that’s it. He knows next to nothing else about dental health and shrugs it off even when his gums bleed during brushing.
We say: Your dental appointment is waaaay overdue! A good dentist will not only conduct a thorough oral health exam, he’ll also offer tips to help you maintain proper oral hygiene.
This guy’s so cool, he doesn’t see a dentist unless a burgeoning toothache is threatening to blow his head off. Crooked teeth don’t bother him either as he’s not fussed about his appearance.
We say: Looking good’s not the point here. There are health reasons for fixing crooked teeth. Your condition could deteriorate and cause complications so let’s not overlook your next dental appointment, alright?
He wants to undergo every possible treatment, thinking it will make him look better, but he’s only willing to shell out for the cheapest deal.
We say: Sometimes, it pays to pay a little more for an experienced dentist. Look for one that you’re comfortable with and who is professional enough to only recommend treatments that you really need.
If you find going to the dentist a daunting experience, you might find our Cheat Sheet to Painless Dentist Visits helpful.