Memes are all over the Internet these days, especially on social media. Seems like you can’t open up Facebook or Twitter without seeing a familiar photo that’s got a customized, snarky phrasing on it (it could include some dentist memes).
The best memes go viral, spreading across social media like wildfire, usually because they tap into some level of common angst that people feel about a particular subject.
We here at Triadent know full well that the dental community is hardly immune when it comes to dentist memes. Not everyone likes going to the dentist. We get it. In fact, it turns out that some people are downright afraid of dental visits, putting them off and instead creating and laughing at catchy Internet memes at the expense of their nemeses.
But hey, who are we if we’re not able to poke fun at ourselves?!
So here is but a sampling of some of the dentist memes that we’ve seen going around, along with our comments therein – serious and not-so-serious, both.
This one’s funny because it’s true, right? If not you, then someone you know does this. Brushing, flossing and rinsing – like, EXTRA rigorously – on the morning of your appointment. Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the fresh breath. But if you haven’t been doing these things on a consistent, daily basis, we’re going to know.
Why? What it is about human nature that we think a superficial, window-dressing type of effort can cover up something that should be readily apparent to anyone trained and experienced in this area? Anyway, we won’t go off on a rant here. A lot of people do this. If you do, it’s okay, you’re not alone.
We’d be much happier, believe us, if instead you applied that level of care every day. Sure, we might not profit as much on fillings and other services, but really, we want to be your partner in good oral health. Proactive oral health. That’s what we encourage.
Ah yes, another fact of human nature. We fear something, so we put it off. We’ll do everything possible to avoid this unpleasant and perhaps even downright painful activity. The irony, of course, is that the more we put off the inevitable, the more pain we’re likely to have to endure down the road, right?
Nowhere is that more true than in dentistry and oral health. Got a toothache? Chances are, it’s going to get worse if you don’t address it. Haven’t been in for a visit in a while? Each day, week or month that passes by means that your teeth are in more need of cleaning; and any issues (such as cavities, bleeding gums, etc.) that warrant attention aren’t getting it.
Do yourself a favour on this one. Schedule a visit at your earliest possible opportunity. We promise, we won’t judge or be snarky about your absence. We’re happy to see you, and want to work with you on your continued dental care.
That’s a familiar look!
You’re asked a question, and in the split second it takes to think about, panic sets in. “Um…” the answer begins. You’re thinking about frequency. ‘Not enough,’ might be the real answer, the one you’re not saying. Or ‘when was the last time I flossed,’ you might be thinking.
What we often hear, however, is the answer people think we want to hear. “I floss every day,” patients say, even when it’s obvious to us as trained dental health providers that they do not floss every day. Or even better, “I brush and floss after each meal.” Hmmm. Why not be up-front? It goes back to that human nature thing, wanting to appease people and avoid a confrontation. Trust us, we don’t judge. We’re here to help.
If you have concerns about flossing, such as bleeding or sore gums, or not being able to reach all of your teeth, the best thing you can do as talk to us. We promise to listen, and to give advice and work with you to find the best solution. If you’re simply forgetting to floss, we’ll be happy to suggest good ways to help you remember.
Okay, let’s talk about something we’re guilty of. This is a big one, too, isn’t it?!
It’s like when you’re at a restaurant, with a mouthful of food, and the server comes by to ask, “How’s everything?”
You nod your head, give a thumbs up, maybe mumble out some iteration of “good!”
Kinda feels that way when you come see us at the dentist’s office, too, eh? Your mouth is wide open, we’re probing and cleaning with sharp instruments, you’ve got saliva building up (until we give it the ol’ suction tool)… and what do we do? We’ve got the nerve (no pun intended) to ask, “How are you?” We ask about work, school, family, etc. And you do your best to eke out an answer.
We’ve gotten pretty good at understanding the responses, too. And hey, who doesn’t like a jovial office environment? We certainly enjoy it, so again, thanks for playing along with us and making our days brighter. Just remember, if we laugh, we’re laughing with you.
Isn’t the kid in this picture the cutest? This “fist pump” meme has seen literally thousands of variations, usually reflecting a “mission accomplished” or “success” theme.
Do you feel anxious about coming to the dentist, worried about feeling discomfort or pain during the procedures?
Sedation dentistry can be appropriate for people who:
- Have a low pain threshold
- Are very nervous
- Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
The forms of sedation we use include nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation (pill form), and moderate conscious sedation (a combination of the first two.)
A visit to the dentist’s office doesn’t have to involve anxiety or worry. Contact us today to schedule an appointment involving sedation. We can even set you up with a pair of goggles so that you can watch your favourite TV show during the procedure.
That’s right! We like to send you on your way with a memento of your trip to the dentist. And we can’t very well give you candy, now, can we? (Also no, those rumours are unfounded; we don’t pay doctors to give lollipops so that you’ll get cavities and need our services!)
The Liam Neeson meme from the movie “Taken” is another popular one. “I will find you…” goes the line, followed by a variation of “… and wish you a happy birthday” or something unexpected.
While we’d like to track you down and make sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly, we can’t do that. We just have to trust that you know what’s right and hope that you’ll do it. In the meanwhile, we send you on your merry way with a toothbrush and a smile.
The Right Techniques From Triadent
Of course, while Internet memes are fun, we want you take your oral health and dental care seriously.
When it comes to the best practices for promoting oral health, whether at home or in the dentists chair, you can always rely on Triadent to provide advice and services guaranteed to keep you smiling!
For more information on the best practices for oral health and dentistry in Ottawa, keep an eye on the Triadent Blog!