Dentists’ Teeth

Author: Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

As the Chief Dental Geek, Michael McCarthy is the vision behind The Dental Geek blog and its purpose. Well known throughout the dental world, our seasoned geek Michael serves on several industry boards. Keep your eyes out for his popular articles and lists about all the most talked about topics in dentistry.
05.11.10 / 6:52 pm

Would you get your hair cut by a hair stylist who had terrible hair? Then why would a dental patient see a dentist whose own dentition was less than enviable? Walk the floor of any trade show; check out just about any dental journal: they exist. Bad-Teeth Dental Professionals!

I know that some of you are wracking your brains to think of a dentist you have met with bad dentition. Some of you may be looking through a dental publication right now to find one.

There also seems to be an overwhelming uncomfortable silence surrounding the “dentists with bad dentition” phenomena. Do other dentists say anything to the mal-dentitioned? Do they joke behind the backs of the yellow-teethed doctors?

I paid good money to get my Tom Cruise-like smile. Shouldn’t all of us in the dental profession have the best smiles possible? Or is there a secret society of dental professionals who are actually dentalphobes themselves? Or, worse yet, is there an “above-the-law” faction that truly believes in “do as I say, not as I do”?

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

As the Chief Dental Geek, Michael McCarthy is the vision behind The Dental Geek blog and its purpose. Well known throughout the dental world, our seasoned geek Michael serves on several industry boards. Keep your eyes out for his popular articles and lists about all the most talked about topics in dentistry.

4 responses to “Dentists’ Teeth”

  1. Politely disagree… there is an old adage in the building industry… if you want a good carpenter, DO NOT pick the one with the fanciest house. Alright not a direct correlation, but there is something about perfect teeth that is well, just too perfect. Whenever I see perfect teeth, I think thousands of dollars of whitening, or tens of thousands in veneers… I’d rather like to think that my money I pay to my dentist is helping them put their children through college, or simply paying the mortgage or buying groceries, and NOT giving them the gift of the “tom Cruise” smile.

    MC

  2. I’ve had the bad breath dentist; that is probably more of a reason to change dentists than the bad teeth dentist (and more ironic!) since dentists don’t work on their own teeth & you can always chalk it up to their being too busy with a big practice.

    Fun blog, by the way! Keep up the good work!

  3. So true. It’s like seeing a Snickers commercial with a guy eating who has two teeth and remnants in his beard…Yuck! Kind of takes your appetite away…

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