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How unsanitary. I agree with OP needing a new dentist, perhaps one that's not in a back alley with a sign at the door that says: Tooth check ups, $5. Yet again, I could be wrong.

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Isn't there healthcare guidelines listed by all the different agencies on how to properly handle materials and limit the amount of contamination that can occur due to various reasons? I mean, I get that it can sometimes be impossible to completely 100% sterilize everything in every environment, but you'd think it would be common sense for these doctors and nurses to know that dropping something on the floor that's meant to go into YOUR MOUTH isn't a good idea....

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I know right?! It's not like people are constantly shedding hairs or skin flakes! I don't think the issue is that there was debris on the floor. I think the issue was not using a sanitary tool inside of a patient's mouth.

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In the medical field, anything that touches the floor is considered unsterile. The floor is never sterilized except in some extreme instances. The reason being... We walk on the damn thing with our dirty shoes. OP you should report the insistent to the profession's governing body.

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27, you are correct about about that, however, do you know how dirty our mouth is naturally? Our mouth is so dirty that something like this will have absolutely zero medical impact. The only actual issue with this scenario is its "gross" and he creeped out a client.

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You do realize that anything that dirty that enters the mouth can be extremely unsanitary and possible get OP sick? There's a reason why we wash our hands before every meal.

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17: agreed. But I would've definitely made some loud noise until he freed my mouth then spitting the disgusting tool right in his face would be my little revenge.

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my dentist has never used a tool to keep my mouth open. Plus during X-rays you have to actually bite down on that plate so keeping your mouth open with a tool would be counter productive.

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