Some time ago, having visited a hygienist as part of my dental examinations, I faced what I can only describe as prejudice. My Dentist had already mentioned to me that there was evidence of reflux on my teeth.
I have suffered with reflux since the age of 28, I think it’s partly because I was premature, I also have Cerebral Palsy and having a baby can cause it. I had never had this particular hygienist before. From the minute I stepped into the room, she worked on the assumption that I wasn’t looking after my oral hygiene.
She also didn’t ask if there was anything that I was dealing with that might have presented itself. Her body language, her words and the verbal abuse although comical, was pathetic. At that moment, she asked her assistant to go and get a toothbrush, so she could show me on a tooth model how to brush my teeth correctly.
She also gave me some disclosing tablets to take home and insisted that I use them periodically. She started to scrub my teeth without any thought, as to how uncomfortable it was. Initially, she insisted that I come back after 3 months and then by the time she had finished cleaning them she backtracked and told me I could come in on the 6 month inspection period instead.
I was spoken to like a child and by the time I had finished, I felt as though I had been in the ring with Mike Tyson. I subsequently wrote to my dentist explaining my experiences with her and decided it was easier if I left the practice, after outlining my dissatisfaction in a letter.
I am just wondering if anyone else has had to face prejudice on the back of what they deal with.