Survey says your patients may be telling tales

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Eighty percent of Angi’s members responding to a recent poll have a high level of trust in their dentists, and they’re not shying away from telling the world.  But that doesn’t mean they’re actually following the directions their dentists give them.
Angie’s List, a US-based provider of consumer reviews on local service companies for the past 15 years, started collecting consumer reports on doctors and dentists two years ago (1,229 Angie’s List members took the online poll).
“Dentists consistently rank in the top five most popular service providers – across all of our 500 categories, including plumbers and remodelers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “People really like to talk about their dentists.” 
An August 2010 Angie’s List poll showed that four out of five patients have great trust in their dentists. Dentists, however, are mistaken if they think their patients are following the conventional advice to brush their teeth at least twice a day.
Nearly 25 percent of Angie’s List respondents say they brush only once a day. And a whopping 32 percent admit that they sometimes fib about their oral hygiene practices when asked by their dental professional.
“If patients believe in their dentists as much as they say they do, chances are good that they’ll respond well to some gentle reminders,” Hicks said. “Trust should be a two-way street. Finding the right dentist is key to getting that good flow of honest communication going.


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