The importance of preventative dentistry
As a dentist, you are likely familiar with many explanations about why patients needed to miss their scheduled hygiene appointments. They have been busy with work, traveling, dealing with other health concerns or tight on cash.
It’s important to address the issue of preventative care for both your patients’ oral health and the health of your practice.
Appeal to their wallet
Most people respond quickly to the threat of having to spend their hard earned money on something they’d rather not. Inform your patients precisely how much money they can save through preventative dentistry and you’ll pique their interest.
Residual effects of a healthy mouth
Patients can also be informed of the role oral health plays on their whole body. Mouth inflammation has been linked to diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, heart disease and an increased risk of cancer. Helping patients understand that there’s more at stake than their mouth could decrease appointment cancellation rates.
Proper protection during sports
Daily oral hygiene and routine dental visits are important but so is protecting your mouth from facial trauma. It’s a good idea to ask patients if they participate in contact sports or other activities that present a high risk of injury. Discuss the importance of wearing a mouth guard or helmet. Something as simple as a rollerblading or bicycle accident can cause serious damage – both structurally and financially.
Aiming for a healthy diet
Suggesting that patients suddenly start eating well isn’t the most of effective strategy. People commonly know that candy and soda aren’t good for their teeth, so continuing on this point doesn’t usually yield positive results. Instead, you can encourage patients to incrementally improve their diet.
No matter what you do, you will likely have some patients who will not take your advice. Provide patients with the information they need to make an informed decision and know that you’ve done your best.