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The Dentist Post

So its very rare that I actually enjoy a visit to the dentist office. I don’t take care of my teeth the way that I am supposed to. I’m far from it. So the biggest reason i hate going into the office is because I don’t want to even think about the lectures I’m going to get about flossing and brushing. Second to that, I anticipate the crazy noises that everything makes and the pokey feeling that the xray films give in my mouth when they decide to take a new xray.

But, for my wedding, I realized I needed to get my teeth cleaned, so I poked around on the Internet until I found someone who’s name looked lovely. Yes, this is pretty much how most of my decisions are driven. 🙂 Dr. Marianne Gable. I mean, it even has a black-and-white romantic feeling to it, does it not?

Fortunately for me, Dr. Marianne Gable was the perfect office for me to go to. I arrived about 15 minutes early (which was oddly a first for me. I’m usually the annoying patient who arrives 10 minute late) because I realized I had forgotten to brush my teeth so i wanted to try to get one last ditch effort to brush them before anyone goes inside.

The reception desk happily supplied me with toothpaste and a toothbrush and didn’t give me any grief about it at all. Then i filled out the standard paperwork and the hygienist took me to her space. My time with the hygenist (I don’t remember her name right now) was very pleasant. We talked about a lot of great things and she was happy to get my teeth cleaned and give me advise on whitening products for getting it whiter for the wedding. Then, the dentist came in in a YOGA outfit! Which, okay some people would think that’s unprofessional but I TOTALLY thought it was great. It showed me that she really cares about herself and that’s the kind of people I want to do business with. So, she took a look over my xrays and talked to the hygenist and we decided that I should consult with a specialist about some sensitivity that i’m experiencing.

Overall, my experience with Dr. Marianne Gable and her staff was so wonderful and I would highly highly recommend anyone who lives in this area to see her for any general practice needs.


2 thoughts on “The Dentist Post”

  1. I have found having different dental office styles can contribute as much to patient comfort as much as the friendliness of the staff. Overall if the visit is made less ‘sterile’ and more people friendly, the clientele will not only return for ongoing services but are more than willing to share the experience with their friends and your future customers.

    One thing to avoid are rhetorical questions such as:
    Do you floss?
    How often do you brush?
    You are a professional and you can tell if someone has good dental hygiene practices. If not, the questions only invoke guilt and it is much better to gently guide them to do the right thing and help them understand the basics.

    My favorite response to the difficulty of flossing question such as “Do I have to floss my teeth?” to which I reply “Only the ones you want to keep.”. Then I introduce them into some easier to floss methods and tools. Make it easier and convenient and there is a much better chance the next time you see them, the results will have improved.


    I used to live in Nampa. 🙂 Just thought I’d share. Now I live in Albany, NY.

    Anyway, I agree with what you’re saying. Though Do you floss doesn’t seem rhetorical, I just wonder what the rate of “every day” answers you get.

    I’ve heard the “only the ones you want to keep” response a lot, and its a good one. Gentle reminder’s are good. But in-your-face-you’re-gonna-die-if-you-don’t-floss-or-brush can be really annoying. I mean, i may die if I don’t, who knows. But I already know its not a good thing. External reminders of stuff I know isn’t going to be the key to fixing the problem.

    In reality you should try to find out what is really keeping the patient from doing something so important. There’s some sort of mental or emotional block there. I once had a dentist who was also trained in life-coaching, which as a wonderful combination BUT expensive. Too expensive, in fact, for me to stay for the life-coaching. I’m certain we could have gotten to the bottom of my teeth-brushing issues if the sessions were more affordable.

    Oh well! To that, I drink my coffee! Though, I have been really wanting to brush my teeth a lot lately. I can’t seem to find the toothbrush I had at home so I’ll be taking my work toothbrush home now.

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