Archive for August, 2012

Informed Consent

Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form.  It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.  Before any procedure is performed your dentist should do the following:
*** Explain your diagnosis
***Talk to you about the nature and purpose of the proposed treatment or procedure
***Discuss your alternatives
***Discuss the risks and benefits involved with getting the proposed treatment or procedure and also the risk of not getting the treatment or procedure.
And very importantly, your dentist should talk to you about the cost of the treatment or procedure and whether or not your insurance covers the whole plan or part of it.  Your dentist should do all they can so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.  If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask your dentist.  You should always feel comfortable talking to your dentist.


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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Many people suffer from anxiety when it comes to visiting the Dentist.  People can fear an array of different aspects of a dental visit.  It could be anything from the dental chair, the noise of dental instruments, or even a fear of the dentist causing pain.  It’s best to keep in mind that the dentist is here to help you.  You should not be afraid to ask any questions or be embarrassed by the state of your mouth.  If you have any fears when visiting the dentist, talk to them.  Let them know how you feel about sitting in the chair under the lights, or maybe it makes you nervous to sit in a waiting room, let them know so they can accommodate you as best they can.  Some people want the dentist to explain to them what they are doing, and some get nervous by hearing what is going on, so let your dentist know your preference.  Figure out a signal to give your dentist if you need a break or are in pain, perhaps simply raising a hand would work.  Always remember that your dentist is there to help you and take care of your smile.


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Risk Factors of Gum Disease

It is important to pay very close attention to your oral health.  Recognizing certain risk factors could be crucial in maintaining good oral hygiene.  Here are some factors to be aware of;

**Over flossing and excessive vigorous brushing may injure your teeth or gums.

**If you have a family member with gum disease or cavities, remember that bacteria can be transmitted through saliva.

**Choosing the right fillings for your teeth will make them last longer and save you on costs down the road.

**Smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, and chronic illness are risk factors for gum disease.

**Cortisone, birth control pills, medication used to treat high blood pressure, seizures or cancer can worsen gum disease.

**Beverages such as carbonated sodas, energy drinks, and sports recovery beverages can compromise your oral health.

Keep these things in mind and try to always make good choices concerning your oral health.



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