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5 Simply Essential Components of a Great Dental Website

Your website is the gateway to your practice. It is the often the first glimpse a patient gets of your brand, office, and staff. It is also a major marketing and patient-recruiting tool that can’t be ignored. So, it needs to be the best it can be. We’ve put together a list of essential (yet simple!) website components, along with examples of practices doing it well (more…)

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10 Plain Weird Requests That Dentists Get From Patients

Dentists hear it all! Whether they’ve been practicing for 20 years or 20 days, it doesn’t take long to get some strange requests from patients. Most aren’t the Hollywood “I demand only red skittles” kind of weird, but you’ll see what we mean. The following are down right weird (and even strangely popular) requests that dentists receive followed by the best ways for the doctor to handle them.

1. Can you pull my tooth without anesthesia?

This is perhaps one of the most common strange requests dentists get. Why would a patient want this? Maybe they are more afraid of needles than pain. Either way, this is a request your favorite dental professionals get often enough.

2. Can you pull my teeth and just give me dentures?

Some people must believe that it’s just easier to care for dentures than their perfectly healthy teeth. We suppose a dentist could use this as an opportunity to talk about dental implants.

 3. Can you wire my mouth shut to help me with my diet?

While dentists can recommend teeth-healthy diet, most aren’t dieticians. Why a patient would go through something so extreme to lose weight, that’s not the typical diet and exercise is beyond us!

4. Can you drill a hole in my tooth and set a diamond?

Most dentists we know wouldn’t recommend this procedure. It’s a trend that is growing in popularity, but to drill into a perfectly health tooth? It’s also hard to clean and keep healthy long term.

5. Can I get a tooth tattoo?

This one is another trend growing in popularity. Typically it’s added to a crown not the tooth and there are dental offices that specialize in this procedure. So, while it’s weird to some, some dentists are cashing in on this trend!

6. Can I hire your hygienist to come to my house and clean my teeth every day?

It’s great to have great oral care, but to pay someone to do it? That’s a strange one. We suppose it makes sense if you REALLY don’t want to put your hands in your own mouth.

7. Can you give my dog braces?

This one definitely exists! Dog lovers out there can absolutely get their dogs braces now. They just maybe want to ask a veterinary dentist instead?

8. Can you numb my lips so I can get a lip tattoo without it hurting?

You might be noticing a trend here. Several of these are aesthetic requests. This one is no different! People can now get their makeup tattooed onto their face. They must be afraid that it’ll especially hurt their lips.

9. Can I keep my teeth so I can make jewelry with them?

Believe it or not, jewelry made from teeth is a thing. Seriously, Google it. It’s a perfectly normal request for parents to request their child’s first tooth, but a dentist may look at you funny if you if you ask for it to make a bracelet.

10. Can you give me a snaggle tooth?

This one is yet another mind-boggling aesthetic trend. This is one that as is spreading from its home country of Japan. There is even a girl pop group – each member with a mouth full of snaggle teeth.

Tips to handle the strange requests:

  • Take them seriously: You may think asking for a full-mouth extraction is strange, but maybe the patient thinks it’s a smart move. Be sensitive to their request.
  • Let them know if it’s something you do: Is this something you do in your office? For the most part the items listed above are strange enough, but maybe they ask for something you are capable of doing. That’s when you ask yourself if it’s something you are okay completing.
  • Check your ethics: Does the strange procedure get in the way of your ethical code? If so, say no.
  • Educate them: Inform them about the procedure they are asking for, the consequences, and long-term complications.
  • Let them down easy: Let them know you care about their dental health, and that in good conscience you can’t complete a procedure you know will harm them later.

Dentists get strange requests from patients ranging from prosthetic fangs to braces for their dogs. Have you heard of any strange requests that you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments!

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Top Funny Dentistry Stories You Haven’t Heard Yet

From slow tooth extractions to tales of strange requests from patients, you’ve probably heard your share of funny stories in dentistry. We thought we’d pull our favorite ones that you might not have heard about from across the web. We’ve taken the liberty to paraphrase some of them, but we’ve included were we’ve pulled them from so you can see the originals. Here is our list of the top funny dentistry stories you might not have heard.


1.  Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosey

This gem of a story was pulled from To set up the scene, imagine a doctor calling into a surgical product hotline while his patient is sitting there, mouth agape, and potentially under anesthesia…but, maybe not. This story is told from the hotline agent’s perspective.

The story:

Doctor: “The screw is not going in. Which way do I turn it?”

Hotline Agent: “Clockwise.”

Doctor: “Clockwise from above or below?”

Hotline Agent: “If you are looking at the head of the screw, then clockwise…to the right.”

Doctor: “What do you mean to the right? Move the wrench to the right?”

Hotline Agent: “As the screw turns, and you are looking at the head, the top part will go to the right.”

Doctor: “Okay, I think I got it.”

Hotline Agent: “Good. Righty tighty, lefty loosey.”

Doctor: “What was that?”

Hotline Agent: “Uh, righty tighty, lefty loosey? That’s one way to remember. You go to the right to tighten, and the left to loosen.”

Doctor: “Oh, I see. Righty tighty, lefty loosey!” (Agent hears the noise of wrench turning) “Righty tighty, lefty loosey. It’s working!”

Hotline Agent: “Great. All finished?”

(The doctor speaks up much louder than before and is clearly not talking to the agent.)

Doctor: “You’re all done then!”

Patient: (Agent hears in the distance) “Uh, thank you doctor.”

 2. All I Want for Christmas…

Who doesn’t love a “punny” story? This one from has one we think is great, with a holiday twist!

The story:

A man visits his dentist because his mouth feels strange.

His dentist examines him and says, “That new upper plate I put in for you six months ago is eroding. What have you been eating?”

The patient answers with a frown, “All I can think of is that about four months ago my wife made some asparagus and put some stuff on it that was delicious – Hollandaise sauce, I think it was. I loved it so much I now put it on everything: meat, toast, fish, vegetables, everything.”

“Well,” the dentist says, “that’s probably the problem. Hollandaise sauce is made with lots of lemon juice, which is highly corrosive. It’s eaten away your upper plate. I’ll make you a new plate, and this time use chrome.”

The patient asks, “Why chrome?”

The dentist replies, “It’s simple. Everyone knows that there’s no plate like chrome for the Hollandaise.”

 3. The Not-So-Happily-Ever-After

A hospital consulting dietician, a smart nurse and a wedding cake – What could make a better story? This one was pulled from

The story:

A hospital’s consulting dietician was giving a lecture to a group of nurses.

“The rubbish we put into our stomachs and consume should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is terrible. Fizzy drinks attack your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. Vegetables can be disastrous because of fertilizers and pesticides and none of us realizes the long-term damage being done by the rotten bacteria in our drinking water. However, there is one food that is incredibly dangerous and we all have, or will, eat it at some time in our lives.

Now, is anyone here able to tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?”

A 65-year-old nursing sister sitting in the front row stood up and said, “wedding cake.”

 4. Driven to Extraction: The Tale of a Prison Escape

This hilarious tale features a 51-year-old Swedish inmate who just couldn’t take his toothache any more, so he broke out of prison.

The story:

According to a Huffington Post news story, the Swedish inmate broke out of prison because he wanted to go to the dentist. Talk about dedication to dental health!

The man told news authorities that he had been complaining about the toothache for days and just could take it anymore even though he was scheduled to go the following day.

The inmate turned himself in after being treated and apparently as a result, his one-month prison sentence was only extended one day.

5. The Fly in the Dental Exam

This wonderful tale is pulled from a forum where dental students contributed stories. A friend tells this story about a stressed dental assistant taking an extremely important practical exam. Let’s just say, because I can’t help myself, that she suffers a little “fly in the ointment.”

The story:

A dental assistant is taking the exam, which is graded by an observer and includes input from the student dentist. The doctor is working on an amalgam and the dental assistant is required to hand him instruments and materials he needs without him asking for them.

Suddenly, a Kamikaze fly lands dead on the patient’s tongue, stuck, upside down by the wings. This very nervous dental-assisting student who can’t make any mistakes, is annoyed to say the least. What is the proper instrument for removing a fly from a patient’s tongue?

In a resourceful move, she picks up an amalgam carrier, sticks it into the doctor’s hands. The doctor scoops the bug up with the large end, hands it back and simply says, “That was correct.”

 For Your Entertainment

We’ll leave you with the famous video of “David after Dentist.” This one, posted in 2009, has more than 127,000 views. Enjoy!

Do you have any stories to share? Please do! Tell your story in the comments.

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Overview of Dental Financing Companies

There are a plethora of dental finance companies out there that offer credit financing for patients. Dental finance companies will often cover most out-of-pocket payments and in some cases, the entire fee. (more…)

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