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Friday, March 8, 2013

Flirting in the Office with Patients???

Yet another grey area in the dental office – lol.

Our offices are typically staffed by young, energetic people who are social and outgoing. Often they will meet patients who they have an interest in and a little harmless flirting will occur. It is not uncommon for staff members and patients to date. I even had one staff member meet her husband in my office. This natural social interaction is fine and not inappropriate when the flirting is not excessive or over-sexual in nature.

I also had one staff member who was constantly inappropriately flirting. She was a very attractive girl with a full figure and she would make sexual jokes and innuendos – making her intentions over obvious. Her conduct often left both patients and staff uneasy. Eventually we had to have a very challenging staff meeting about appropriate office social behavior.

It is not possible to set hard and fast rules about flirting and human interaction in the office. What one person sees as harmless flirtation another sees as hypersexual conduct. My advice to my staff – think you are flirting in church – would your social interaction be appropriate in church – if the answer is NO then it is inappropriate in the office.

Dr. Corey gold
President - Advanced Continuing Education Systems


  1. Is it permissible for a dentist to flirt with a patient? Or would that be overstepping boundaries? I just don't want to move into Schererville and have any false preconceptions about what may or may not happen when I get new services.

  2. I think it depends on the patient. I wouldn't intentionally go to the dentist to flirt in my hometown of Salt Lake City. But if the guy is cute....hey :)

  3. A few years back, the office manager at my dentist's office was flirting with me hardcore. We ended up going out together for a while and I know that her boss the dentist was less than thrilled about the whole thing (although maybe he was just jealous :p)

  4. I like that thought process. A dentist office, like any other office will have flirting - it is natural. As long as it doesn't cause problems, it is ok.

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  7. Flirting in the Office is not appropriate. It will affect dentist effective, mood. Calm and comfortable environment is the best.

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  8. I think it must be permitted to flirt with the patients to some extent like to divert the mind of the patient from pain. If a patient is operating gums by pinhole gum surgical treatment and is it nervous then to flirt with them to divert mind is a good thing.

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  10. Need anybodys opinion, Me and my wife has the same male dentist, after her procedure, he calls her to follow up on how shes doing not using his office phone number but he never follow up on me and my wife and i almost have the same procedure. what do you guys think? we are young couple in early 30s with 3 young kids.

    1. He likes her (The dentist) normally dentist don't call there patients after a procedure to check up on them and I've been to many dentist all my life and never heard of this just saying spoken by a women

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