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ARTICLE for August 2016
How to Choose a Dentist
It is the 21st century. You can search the world for information via the internet. Most dentists have websites. Insurance companies have lists they want you to use. There are brokers (1-800-you-have-seen-the-ad) who will sell your information to dentists.
SO it should be easy to choose a dentist. Right? Wrong!
All the dental websites seem to say the same thing. And who wants an insurance company or a broker telling them which doctor to go to?
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT DENTIST FOR YOU?
after you check the obvious: graduated from dental school and is licensed to practice in your state
THERE ARE THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
1. Do I like and feel comfortable with this doctor?
2. Does he/she have the same philosophy of care that I do?
3. Does he/she participate in continuing education regularly?
Let's take these things one at a time:
1. Do I Like him/her?
This doctor will be invading your private space in order to care for your oral health needs. He/she will have his/her hands and instruments in your mouth making it impossible for you to speak. You have to feel comfortable and like this doctor first...then the needed trust will build.
How do I find this dentist? Ask friends and family who they like. Look at websites to see if anything especially speaks to you or turns you off. Then call up the dentist's office and ask to meet with the doctor and see the office. Say that you are looking for a dentist and wish to come by for a short meet and greet. Almost all dental offices and dentists love new patients and are very open to meeting you.
2.Every individual patient has his/her own philosophy of care. WHAT?!
Examples:some individuals want the dentist to take full responsibility for their dental health and do not want any part in keeping their mouth healthy...some individuals want perfect health and will do anything needed to achieve this goal...some individuals want their dentist to show them how to take care of their own teeth...some individuals only want to look good and don't care about health...some individuals only want to go to a dentist if they have a problem...
there are as many examples as there are human beings on the planet.
Take a few minutes and decide what YOUR PHILOSOPHY of care is and be sure it matches the dentist you choose OR that the dentist is comfortable accepting you as you are.
3.Continuing education of your dentist and dental team is key.
Do you want to spend 20 or 30 years going to a dentist who is not keeping up with the research and literature in his/her field? You deserve the best treatment possible for your time and money. This will only happen if your dentist is constantly learning. ASK! It is important.
There is an old song: "once you have found her (him) never let her (him) go..." It is that way with your dentist.
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Oral Health Posse for Consumers,LLC is an education, advocacy, and consulting firm. These articles are written to help the consumer make sound, practical, oral health choices.
Dr. Valentina Pasquantonio
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SEPTEMBER 2016 HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY TO ADD TEN HEALTHY YEARS TO YOUR LIFE?: this is still on website.
see below on this page.
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How much would you pay to ADD TEN HEALTHY YEARS TO YOUR LIFE ?
Why am I asking? The Mayo brothers (of Mayo Clinic fame ) knew over 50 years ago that people with healthy mouths lived, on average, ten years longer than people with poor oral health. The research
is (and has been for many years) proving that the Mayo brothers were correct.
Dentistry is expensive. (I know. It boggles my mind how much modern dentistry has to cost.)
Dental Benefit Plans (called dental insurance ) are of little help. Most often these plans do not even pay out the moneys the insured/patient and employer pay in.
The POSSE was originally created to make dental treatment more affordable by stopping the waste and increased fees precipitated by the dental insurance industry. More on this in future articles...or invite the POSSE to speak to your company or civic group.
In the meantime...remember what you are paying for...
ADDING TEN MORE HEALTHY YEARS TO YOUR LIFE.
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