Grumpy Old Men —And Ladies

Why is it that some people are just grouchy.  It seems to be that there are one or two especially grouchy people that come to see me.  They are always negative and no one enjoys having them come in to the office.  They doubt and question everything that you propose to them as being in need of treatment.  So it makes me very conservative in what I suggest.  I am reluctant to tell them the treatment they should have because I know they will question everything I say in such a manner as if to imply that I am suggesting it just to make money off them.  They end up hurting themselves because it is so difficult to propose a treatment plan that is in their best interest – that looks at a long term plan.

I have one especially grumpy old man and another especially grumpy old lady.  Today it was the turn of the grumpy old lady.  She should have been in for a cleaning a year ago.  We would like to work with her to get her gums into a healthy state.  But it is pretty hard when she refuses to follow our suggested treatment.  And then she acts as if it is our fault that her mouth is sore.  So every time we see her we have gotten to anticipate a complaint and a lot of whining – not just about the teeth and our work but about the world in general.  Makes you wonder what goes into these people to make them so negative.



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  1. Grumpy people, I hear ya.

    At least I don’t have to put my hands in their mouths.