Dentist Haters… People Who Hate Dentists Part II

by Dr. Joe :) · 25 comments

Are You a Dentist Hater?

You’re not alone. There’s lots of people who say they hate the dentist.

Dentist haters are people who hate dentists.

Are you a Dentist Hater?

This is Part II of the “Why I HATE the Dentist” conversation.

In People Who HATE Dentists Part I we explored why people would have an anti-dentist bias.

Here in Part II, we’ll have a little fun as I expose some of the colorful characters that make up this dentist-hating niche.

You might even recognize yourself or somebody else you know.

Who are these Dentist Haters?

When people say “I hate the dentist!” that can mean totally different things. Some people just don’t like having dental work done and feel the need to vent about it.

Some people hate the expense of dental care. It can be pricey and for someone on a limited budget that can make it unobtainable.

Some are “Anti-Dentite” as Kramer once accused Jerry of on The Seinfeld Show.  (see video =>)

The following are some Types of Dentist Haters I’ve come across over the years.

The Comedians

These are those YouTube attention-seeking wannabe’s. Their “I Hate Dentists” shtick pokes fun at an easy target.

Maybe these Comedians hope to grab attention by poking fun at a common enemy to many.

Dentist-bashing doesn’t have the same wide-audience appeal anymore. Barely registers on the chuckle meter. Those that rage on tend to look a bit silly.

Besides, Jerry and Kramer already nailed it with their Anti-Dentite bit.

In this video, someone named Fred manages to pull off the combination of Comedian and a Drama Queen. (see video =>)

Believe it or not, he has a massive number of subscribers an this video alone has attracted over 20 million viewers. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, because I found it near-impossible to watch right through.

The Drama Queens

You won’t hear most people retelling any old horror stories. Why? Every time you drag up an old horror story, you breathe life back into it. Who wants to relive any of that stuff?

Actually, some people – the Drama Queens  – love sharing their dental nightmares.

As with newspaper headlines, they know that it’s the bad news that always grabs more attention. The more dramatic the better..

It’s all fun and games with the juicy tales of dental woe until they have to sit back in that dental chair again. They’re so firmly attached to those old horror stories, that they couldn’t possibly relax at the dentist.

These drama queens are difficult to work on. They’ve mastered the art of accentuating every little negative for dramatic effect. They can make a spectacular mountain out of a tiny molehill.

Guaranteed these people aren’t willing to let go of their drama habit. They just love telling a good story and enjoy the ongoing payoff of attention and sympathy.

Thank goodness for Sedation Dentistry.

The Victims

This is a special breed of Drama Queen. These people love to play the victim role in the Drama Triangle. In fact the entire triangle revolves around them.

All their miseries are someone else’s fault. All their toxic emotions are someone else’s responsibility.

Leadership coach Jim Clemmer describes these people as infected with the Victimitis Virus. (see video =>)

Warning: If you act like you’ve been given a free license to bitch, moan and complain instead of moving on, you’ll eventually pay a heavy price.

You can find out more about these victims in the Dental Avoiders.

The Shirkers

shirker is a lazy fat cat

Shirker the cat was a lazybones.

Shirkers are the ones looking to avoid responsibility, accountability and consequence.

Dentistry is all about consequences. If you don’t make the effort to avoid consequences, you’ll tend to suffer from them.

The Shirkers are a male-dominated group. I don’t know what it is, but when it comes to healthcare,  men are absolute masters of denial and avoidance. I wrote more about this in a Hubpage called Caveman Dentistry.

When things go wrong, Shirkers might know deep down that they brought it upon themselves. That might not be enough to wake them up.

The Anxious

These people are stuck in a bad memory.  Like that U2 song, they’re suck in a moment and they can’t get out of it.
(see video =>)

These people need TLC and lots of trust-building. Their dentist-hater approach is just self-defense. Once they can finally relax, they become quite pleasant and appreciative.

To learn more, see my previous posts on Dental Fear & Anxiety.

The Hedonist Adventurers

These people don’t hate dentists. What they despise is spending money on dentistry. It seems like a bad deal to these people to trade hard earned dollars for dental work when there’s so many more enjoyable things to spend it on.

Hedonist Adventurers have personalities and values that are skewed towards fun and adventure. Dentistry isn’t a high priority unless a painful dental situation demands attention.

I like these people. They’re fun and energetic. Life of the party. They just tend to have bad teeth.

Hedonist Adventurers are just the tip of the iceberg regarding people who hate spending money on dental care.

Sometimes it’s a values issues where a person has the funds, but hates spending it at the dentist. Sometimes it’s really a money issue. Dentistry can be expensive and beyond the budget constraints for some people.

The Traditionalists

These are the ones who can’t get past the past. They’re very comfortable with the old ways and hang on to any old wounds.

These are good people.  They can be fiercely loyal. They’re just not quick to change or adapt. They’re not the hating type, but they’ll never quite get past any bad childhood experience.

My mother fit into this category. She developed a true phobia and was absolutely terrified of the dentist.

To end with something fun, here’s a video of Mr. Bean at the dentist. It’s one of his funniest episodes.  (see video =>)

There you have it, a collection of Dentist Haters. So next time you hear someone say “I hate the Dentist!” you can ask yourself “What sort of Dental Hater could this be?”

Stay healthy and keep smiling!

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Dr. Joe 🙂


Dr. Joe Bulger

About the Author: is a West Toronto dentist. He’s also the founder of Royal York Dental – a respected dental clinic serving Etobicoke since 1950.


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1 Roxy June 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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I love the dentist, so I am definitely not a hater.. But I can actually relate to experiencing the Drama Queen’s fire! Great article~ lol!! The Drama Queen haters are the worst out of the bunch, (if I can be so brash to say so)… Drama queens will wallow in their past experiences, and try to get everyone on their bandwagons.. I’ve experienced this first hand!! If they had a horrible dental experience, everyone will know. *sigh*… It must take special skills for a Dentist to be able to deal with these Drama Queen Divas.

2 Dr. Joe :) June 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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Sedation can be a wonderful thing… 😉

3 Johanne Quadnau at Cucumber July 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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Hello there, I recently discovered your site via GoogleNews, and been coming back regularly. You have a cool site!

4 Kendell July 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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I’m always up for the Anti-Dentite clip – too funny. We’ve used it on DentalToons too. Not sure if I could stomach to watch Fred more than once. Keep up the great blog!

5 Dr. Joe :) July 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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Thanks Kendell. Yeah, that Fred is like nails on a chalkboard. Exactly the sort of thing my kids would watch. Enjoyed your site with all the dental jokes and videos. Well done!

6 sandy@electricians liverpool August 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

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i dont hate the dentist i just need to be able to trust that he can do the job with the least amount of pain.

7 Dr. Joe :) August 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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Hi Sandy. That a great approach – do good work, and don’t hurt me.

Wish everyone thought about it like that. Some people carry lots of emotional baggage regarding dentists.

Joe 😀

8 leah February 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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I hate the dentist

9 @femmmefatal September 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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I am an anti-dentite by blood relation= justified. Y’all are insane like Lil Shop of Horrors!

10 Dr Joe :) September 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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Dentists are all insane? Shh femmefatal – let’s keep it a secret!

Joe 😀

11 Felicia @ No Deposit Poker September 7, 2010 at 2:30 am

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Hi again, Dr. Joe! I might say this post does make me ponder on the things why some do not like the dentist at all. I have a male friend who I think is a shirker, according to your post. He does not like going to the dentist because he simply does not think it is worth it. He just says that as long as he brushes his teeth frequently and do not develop any cavities, he does not need going to the dentist. I remember one time he was absent at work for 3 days coz they said he had a toothache. Maybe it took him that much time to realize he needs to get to the dentist and have his tooth checked, and have an overall check on his other teeth too. 🙂

12 Dr Joe :) September 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

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Hi Felicia. Your friend is a Dental Avoider, but probably not a Shirker. After all, he has the right idea in terms of taking good care of himself. He just needs to find a good dentist and stick to regular visits for that extra support.

Men are such do-it-yourselfers. That’s why we hate to stop the car and ask for directions. that’s also why we need women in our lives to take care of health issues because us men are oblivious to that and prone to denial.

Joe 😀

13 Felicia @ No Deposit Poker September 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

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Oh, then I guess that he’s not really a shirker. Thanks for correcting me! Yep, males are really do-it-yourselfers. I even don’t really understand why they hate asking for directions and let me do the asking if we are in an unknown area and looking for somebody’s house. Thank you for spending your time replying to my comments. Love visiting your site! Learned many things already (especially on dentists and psychological fears about them) and I would love to learn more 🙂

14 Dr Joe :) September 9, 2010 at 8:09 am

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Felicia, you can check out my new Dental Guide Blog. The topics are more geared for dental consumers and not quite as fun as this one. Let me know what you think.

Joe 😀

15 innggy May 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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What do you call a person who fits in all the above classifications?

16 Dr. Joe :) May 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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Not certain of the clinical term. I would call them pretty messed up!

17 dentist goose creek June 11, 2012 at 2:55 am

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I’m not really a dentist hater though. When I was a kid, yes, maybe. But as grew older I have come to realize how important dentists are. They keep us away from toothache, oral diseases etc.

18 Sherita@writing job toronto July 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

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A motivating discussion is worth comment.
There’s no doubt that that you ought to write more on this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don’t speak about these topics. To the next! Many thanks!!

19 Amanda Janet October 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

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hi I really Enjoyed your site with all the dental jokes and videos. well I’m not a dentist hater thing is we just need to be able to trust the dentist can do the job with the least amount of pain.

20 Dentist@Raritan Dentist November 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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I love the Seinfeld episode where Kramer goes to the dentist. Too funny.

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Hey your blog caught my interest i just watched all the videos and it was really funny but i dont hate dentists.. because i cant hate myself…

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