Mouth props.

Patients either love them or hate them. The muscles of the mouth have evolved to crush our ancestors’ foragings (berries, wooly mammoth pie etc), but are hopeless at keeping open for long periods. A mouth-prop gives patients something to rest against during treatment, and most people find that it makes long appointments much more comfortable.

Critically, mouth props also represent an excellent opportunity for the dentist to pontificate at length on any number of subjects, without fear of contradiction. The more outrageous the statement, the better.

Some of my favorites include:

– “Wouldn’t Biffo have made a great president all the same?”
– “For hygiene reasons all our instruments are disposable; recycling is overrated anyway”
or “Bono is a tax avoider and should be sent to prison.”

If you have any other suggestions for subjects, or statements that we can add to our repertoire, please suggest!

If you would like any more information about your dental health, or if you would like to improve your smile, please contact us for free advice and help on 01 4542022, or by email at info@portobellodental.com; our Dublin dentist would be happy to help!

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