What makes you decide to go to the dentist?
Do you visit your dentist only when you’re in pain?
Or are you the person who diligently visits every six months for your cleaning and once a year for your checkup because that’s what your insurance covers?
Or maybe you want a personalized dental plan that keeps your teeth healthy and functional for a lifetime, though it may come with an out-of-pocket cost.
Whichever category you fit in, you deserve a dentist that fits your needs. Your dentist doesn’t know your personal circumstances, so it’s not their right to choose how or why you pursue a certain type of care. It is their responsibility to ensure you get the care you need when you request it.
What is emergency dentistry?
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. If you’re in severe pain, the last thing you want to do is wait for the next available appointment. When these situations arise, the best thing to do is look for a dental office in your area that advertises emergency care. If the problem requires surgery, it’s important to do your research beforehand as not all dentists offer that service.
What is insurance-driven dentistry?
If you are only getting dental work done that is covered by your insurance, it’s extra important to do your research to find the right dentist for you. It’s in your best interest (and your dentist’s!) to be upfront and express that you are only interested in treatment that will be fully rebated.
What is personalized dentistry?
Dentistry sure isn’t what it used to be.
Since it has advanced so much, dentists have been able to narrow it down to two major components: preventative and restorative. If you start the preventative measures at an early age and your teeth fit together properly, the chances of you needing complex dental procedures is significantly lower.
Once you get a cavity, gum disease starts destroying the bone, or ill-fitting teeth start to destroy other teeth, action needs to be taken. If you are experiencing one of those things, you will need to find a dentist you trust and work with them to create a personalized dental plan. The goal is to help you keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
How do I know if I need personalized dentistry?
Most people actively avoid thinking about their teeth. If you can’t see a problem, it doesn’t exist, right?
If you’re wondering if you need a visit to the dentist to work out a custom dental plan, take a good look at your teeth in the mirror. How important are they to you?
If you come to the same conclusion that your dentist has, that your teeth are one of the most important things for you to invest in, then set a goal for your teeth and the health of your mouth. Once you’ve done that, schedule a visit with a trusted dentist to take the first step in reaching that goal.
When you do make the appointment, remember that they are your teeth and you are the only one who can make the decisions that you feel is in your best interest.
How does my oral health affect my overall health?
Nothing beats the feeling of being healthy. When you feel your best, you are your best. In order to get that feeling, you have to pay the price, and not just the financial one (although that is important). You also have to commit to taking on preventative measures, which can include daily hygiene tasks, regular visits to the dentist, and lifestyle changes.
You can be on the best diet in the world and be in the best shape of your life, but still have health problems. Luckily your mouth is a little bit different. When everything is taken care of and looked after properly from the start, your teeth can last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a dentist who is committed to helping you develop a customized plan, will do their best to guide you through your dental emergency, and will be conscious of your insurance policy, Dr. Andrea Stevens is the dentist for you.