Approach without judgement
There is a great deal of correlation between experiencing traumatic events and using coping strategies. You do not know their situation. Do not judge their habits.
Approach patients in a collaborative, non-judgmental fashion.
There is a great deal of correlation between experiencing traumatic events and using coping strategies to cope with hypervigilance and being overwhelmed that can have a long-term negative impact on a person’s physical and mental health
and high-risk sexual behaviour.
It is important to engage with patients in a collaborative, non-judgmental fashion when discussing their habits and how it might be impacting their dental hygiene.
It is important to remember that when a patient comes for dental care, you are unaware of the person’s situation and the degree of awareness or shame they experience in regards to the state of their teeth how they are coping with life stressors.
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