FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMale Dentists More Likely to Woo Their Patients: Survey Results
Male dentists are more likely than their female counterparts to have dated a dental patient, according to a recent Wealthy Dentist survey. Mixing business with pleasure can be risky, and most dental professionals advise against it. However, that's not enough to stop one in five dentists from having a relationship with a patient.
(San Francisco, California) October 15, 2007 –
Do dentists date their patients? A recent Wealthy Dentist survey revealed that it's not as rare as one might think. Overall, about one in five dentists reported having been involved with a patient at some point in their careers. Male dentists were significantly more likely than their female colleagues to have had a relationship with a colleague. (Or at least, the men were more likely to admit to it…)
However, "young and foolish can describe both male and female dentists. A male implantologist recounted, "I became romantically involved with some patients when I was single, young and foolish." A female general dentist agreed, saying, "When I first started as a dentist, and was working in a clinic, I had a relationship with a patient. I was young and foolish, and wouldn't advise it now!"
Female dentists were especially likely to find dating a patient not just unprofessional, but totally unacceptable. “I'm in the military – it would be a career ender to become involved with patients," commented a female Georgia dentist. “Totally inappropriate!" said a female Pennsylvania dental hygienist. “It is wrong according to Hippocrates's oath,"
opined a female Illinois dentist.
Men were more likely to comment on the fact that sometimes romantic chemistry just happens, regardless of whether or not it's appropriate. “It happens," sighed a male Connecticut dentist. “Not an issue that I should care about if it does not affect my work," said a male California dentist. “I believe it's okay. There can be chemistry that takes place between a man and a lady irrespective of the patient/doctor thing," commented a male dental student in Africa.
Some dental offices try to avoid these situations. "Business and personal relationships must be kept separate," advised a male New York dentist. “It is discouraged in our practice," said one female Oregon dentist. Cautioned a female California dentist, “That seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen!" A male Massachusetts dentist advised different standards for dentists and staff members. "If a team member dates a patient and they keep it professional, it is okay. But a dentist should not date patients."
Both male and female dentists reported marrying patients. "Only one and I married him," wrote one woman. “I am the dentist; my hygienist fixed us up at the time. That was twelve years ago, and we have been together ever since. The best twelve years of my life," recounted a Nevada dentist. “She's beautiful, brilliant, tall and blonde. I would never have asked her out. She asked me out. She's now my business partner – and my wife. Life is good," boasted a Wisconsin dentist.
One New Jersey dentist recounted his experiences dating patients in his younger days. “I was a dentist for years prior to my marriage. When I was single, I'd ask patients for a date or they would ask me; it was never an issue. I probably went out with at least a dozen or so. (Except for the time when three girlfriends were in my waiting room at the same time.) Some women were very aggressive when approaching me for a date. One told me, 'Hey, dentists are a dime a dozen, but new boyfriends don't grow on trees.' Today, after fifteen years of marriage, I still treat many of my former girlfriends, their children and also their husbands."
"Guess what? Sometimes romance does happen in the dentist's waiting room," said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of The Wealthy Dentist. "But over the years, I've heard plenty of horror stories about how it can go wrong. (And a few nice stories about how it can go right.) It's interesting to note that female dentists seem more sensitive to the possible conflicts of interest involved in doctor/patient romance."
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