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.

There is a great deal of correlation between experiencing traumatic events and using coping strategies to cope with hyper-vigilance and being overwhelmed that can have a long-term negative impact on a person’s physical and mental health:

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smoking,

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substance use,

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overeating,

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and high-risk sexual behaviour.

It is important to remember

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, and how they are coping with life stressors.

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