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ChatGPT for Dentistry: Answering Unusual Dental Patient Questions

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Answers to Crazy Patient Questions: ChatGPT for Dentistry

You may have recently heard about ChatGPT and the company that developed the product, OpenAi. There are some very interesting advances in artificial intelligence recently with some tools being used to help write copy and create images. 

I came across a few articles that compiled the craziest questions that dentists had gotten from patients. I thought a fun project would be to put ChatGPT’s capabilities to the test and see how well it could answer these wild questions. I wanted to see just how good it was.

Once I finished writing this article I thought that this would be a great article for a dentist to publish on their own blog post. If you’d like that, fill out this form and we’ll write an article for you. You can even add your own crazy questions in the notes section.

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The Prompt I Gave ChatGPT

A prompt is a command to tell the AI how to act when answering the question. Here is the prompt that I gave it;

“Act like you are a dentist and your patient asks you the following questions. Answer them to the best of your ability but always remember to be honest, straightforward, and empathetic in your answers.

  • Why do I have to brush my teeth when my dog doesn’t have to?
  • Can you pull all my teeth now, and just give me dentures?
  • Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?
  • Can you wire my mouth shut to help me with dieting?
  • Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar that I work at?
  • I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so I can keep the diamond in it?
  • Can I keep the teeth you pull? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.
  • Can you give my dog braces?”
  • Is using a chips packet between my teeth better than floss?
  • What is floss, can I eat it?
  • Is my filling going to melt if I drink hot soup?
  • Will the ulcer in my mouth turn into a flesh-eating disease?
  • Will my gum disease eat my face?
  • Is it OK to only brush my teeth once a week?
  • Can you take one of my teeth from the back and put it in the gap at the front?
  • (In reference to the previous question) – Can’t you just paint something on top of it?

I’ve copied the response directly into this article. There was no editing

ChatGPT responded with the following sentence and then answered all of the questions.

“Sure, I will do my best to provide honest, straightforward, and empathetic answers to these questions.”

Why do I have to brush my teeth when my dog doesn’t have to?

The teeth of humans and dogs are different. Humans have a much higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease than dogs. Additionally, dogs have natural mechanisms, such as their saliva, that help keep their teeth clean. Therefore, brushing is important for humans to prevent dental problems and maintain good oral health.

Can you pull all my teeth now, and just give me dentures?

While dentures can be a good solution for those who have lost all or most of their teeth, pulling all your teeth is not always the best option. It is important to first consider other options, such as restorative treatments or partial dentures, before considering extraction. Additionally, pulling all your teeth can lead to bone loss, which can impact your facial structure.

Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?

While we can certainly attempt to extract a tooth without anesthesia, it is not recommended. Extracting a tooth without anesthesia can be extremely painful and traumatic for the patient. We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during any dental procedure, and anesthesia helps ensure that.

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Can you wire my mouth shut to help me with dieting?

While this may seem like a drastic measure to help with dieting, it is not recommended. Wiring your mouth shut can lead to serious health problems, such as malnutrition, and can be dangerous if you experience any choking or breathing difficulties. There are other, healthier ways to manage your diet and maintain good oral health.

Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar that I work at?

As a dentist, I am not qualified to identify dentures that belong to someone else. If you find lost dentures, you may want to try contacting the local authorities or posting about them online to help find the owner.

I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so I can keep the diamond in it?

While it may seem like a romantic gesture to keep a diamond in your tooth, we do not recommend it. Preparing a tooth to hold a diamond can weaken the tooth and increase the risk of infection. Additionally, the diamond may come loose or cause other dental problems.

Can I keep the teeth you pull? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.

While you are welcome to your teeth after they have been extracted, we do not recommend making a necklace out of them. Extracted teeth can be a biohazard and may contain bacteria that can cause health problems if not handled properly.

Can you give my dog braces?

While we do not provide dental care for animals, there are veterinary dentists who specialize in animal dental care. You may want to consult with a veterinarian who can recommend appropriate dental care for your dog.

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Is using a chips packet between my teeth better than floss?

No, using a chips packet is not a good substitute for floss. Floss is specifically designed to clean between teeth and remove plaque and food debris that can lead to dental problems. Using a chips packet or other non-dental items can damage your teeth and gums, and may not effectively remove plaque and debris.

What is floss, can I eat it?

Floss is a thin, thread-like material that is used to clean between teeth. Floss is not meant to be eaten and is not safe to swallow. Swallowing floss can cause digestive problems and may require medical attention.

Is my filling going to melt if I drink hot soup?

It is unlikely that your filling will melt if you drink hot soup. However, it is possible for hot liquids and foods to cause sensitivity or discomfort in teeth with fillings. If you experience any discomfort or pain, it is best to avoid hot foods and drinks until you can speak with your dentist.

Will the ulcer in my mouth turn into a flesh-eating disease?

Most mouth ulcers are not serious and do not pose a risk of developing into a flesh-eating disease. However, if you are concerned about a mouth ulcer or notice any changes in the ulcer, it is best to see your dentist or doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Will my gum disease eat my face?

No, gum disease will not eat your face. However, untreated gum disease can lead to serious dental problems, such as tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw. It is important to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

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Is it OK to only brush my teeth once a week?

No, it is not okay to only brush your teeth once a week. Brushing your teeth twice a day, along with flossing and regular dental check-ups, is essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

Can you take one of my teeth from the back and put it in the gap at the front?

While it may be possible to move a tooth from one area of the mouth to another, it is not always recommended or possible depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. It is best to speak with your dentist about options for replacing missing teeth.

(In reference to a broken tooth) – Can’t you just paint something on top of it?

While there are cosmetic treatments that can improve the appearance of a broken tooth, such as bonding or veneers, painting something on top of it is not a recommended solution. Your dentist can evaluate the extent of the damage to your tooth and recommend appropriate treatment options.”

….end of ChatGPT’s response

Add Your Weird Patient Question To The List

Send your wild patient questions to info@mysocialpractice.com and we’ll add them to this list.

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How Does Artificial Intelligence Help With Dental Marketing?

We’re already seeing the influence of AI softwares for creating content for dental marketing purposes. Whether that be graphics or copywriting. We’ve been using the AI graphic software MidJourney to create dental graphics. MidJourney is built on top of OpenAI software. 

There are some seriously wild images created by MidJourney.  We’ve created an Instagram account that you should follow called DentalAIArt where we post AI images we’ve created or found. You’re welcome to use any of the images.

How Is Artificial Intelligence Going To Change Dentistry?

There is a great article about how AI is changing Dentistry regarding diagnosis and treatment. Our good friends over at Pearl offer the leading dental AI diagnostic software in the dental industry.

The frontier is being pushed back as we speak. 

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About the Author: Adrian Lefler is a dental marketing expert and a key member of the dental marketing team at My Social Practice. My Social Practice is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Adrian is passionate about helping dental practices grow through transparent and effective dental marketing services. If you have any dental marketing questions, give us a call at 877-316-7516. And, don’t forget to read our Google My Business reviews.

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