How To Get Patients To Show Up For Dental Appointments

dental appointmentsMany people don’t visit the dentist regularly but what about the people who schedule dental appointments but never show up?  It can be frustrating because you know that it is detrimental to your patients’ health if they don’t see a dentist but not only that, it affects the success of your practice when you get no shows. Here are some ways that you can encourage a better turnout for appointments in your dental practice.

You should make reminder calls. You most likely remind your patients of appointments 24-48 hours in advance, but you may also want to remind them when they are due for a cleaning or procedure before they have an appointment. Life is busy for everyone.  It is very easy to forget about an appointment or an upcoming procedure.  Be sure to make those calls or remind them in other ways.  You may want to try a postcard reminder, or a text or email.

When you confirm appointments, think about changing your language.  Instead of telling them to let you know if anything changes, ask them “Will you please call if anything changes?”.  If you can get a committed yes from your patients, it may decrease your no shows.

Lastly, being clear with your patients about the procedures they need.  Let them know how serious it is to get fixed and obtain treatment. If they know how important it is, they will be more likely to keep the appointment.

How To Get Patients To Schedule And Show Up For Dental Appointments|The Dental Geek

How To Handle A Dental Emergency

dental emergencyWhen it comes to a dental issue, some people may be less likely to recognize an emergency than they would with another health emergency. But you should know that if anything in your mouth becomes broken or damaged, it can be quite serious. Most dental issues can be fixed if you act quickly. Here are some examples of a dental emergency and how to handle it.

If a tooth is knocked out because of an accident or some other trauma your dentist may actually be able to replace it if you act quickly. You should pick up the tooth and rinse it off.  You can keep it in a small container of milk or salt water.  Then get to an emergency dentist as quickly as possible.

A dental abscess is something that can be growing overtime and turn into an emergency out of no where.  This is because bacteria in the gums because of neglected oral hygiene is constantly growing and causing more damage to your teeth. It can become an emergency when the build up becomes infected and the puss and infection causes a lot of pain. When it becomes extremely painful suddenly it will have to be drained by your dentist.

To see a list of more dental emergencies, visit the website here: Dental Emergency: What you need to know to handle the situation|

Eye Safety In Dentistry

eye safety in dentistryEye safety in dentistry should not be taken lightly. You know how important it is to protect your eyes while completing dental procedures each day.  Many dental procedures involve drilling at high speeds and can generate debris traveling at speeds up to 50 mph. How do you know if the eye wear or dental mask that you are using is actually safe?

Normally dentists, hygienists and dental assistants wear masks and protective eye wear.  They are available in many different designs and styles. Some are more comfortable than others and some provide full face shields which are particularly desirable.

In an article from Peter Arsenault and Amad Tayebi found on Dentistry IQ’s website talks about some research on eye safety in dentistry.  They conducted experiments using different types of masks and eye wear on dummies and then sprayed a red spray to see if certain products were still letting in debris.  Many masks and eye were have gaps and were not as protective as many would have hoped.

Read in detail about these studies at the link here: Eye safety in dentistry – DentistryIQ.

The Ancient Story Of Tooth Worms

tooth wormsIn the ancient times, it was a firmly believed that toothaches were due to worms that eat away the teeth right from the top to the roots. Old literature and scripts from Egypt, China, Sumeria and India are recorded proof of the fact that people at that time believed in the concept of tooth worms.

During those days dental treatment was barbaric and involved extremely painful methods for the removal of tooth worms. The most dangerous fact was that these treatment methods could endanger one’s life as well. Also, barbers were considered to be the forefathers of former dentists and they used to do work like pulling out teeth along with their profession. Here are some peculiar ways in which toothaches or tooth problems were treated during those times.

  • If the cavities were small, ancient dentists used to treat them with a smoke that was formed by low-power narcotics in an emulsion. To form the smoke iron rods were heated. This was quite a dangerous act as hot iron can pose serious injury. Another risk was the accidental inhalation of the emulsion by the patient leading to extensive respiratory injuries.
  • In some places, certain herbs were used to treat dental cavities.
  • An interesting fact was that dental cavities were a rarity in those days.
  • There was no other way to treat a tooth with a large cavity than to pull it out. Imagine a tooth being pulled out without numbing your gums properly! How breathtakingly painfully would that be! The primitive anesthetizing was mainly done through the administration of alcohol which could be a distilled type or grain type.  One or two shots of whiskey would just be enough to distract the patient but there was no provision to make the procedure painless. In some countries, dentists used opium to get the similar effect.

During those years sugar was not considered a main culprit for dental decay or cavities. People thought that teeth just became decayed at some point or another in each person’s life and nothing could be done about it. About a thousand years later, Pierre Fauchard, a dentist by profession, was the first one to bring up the fact that the story of tooth worms was a myth and had no factual information to justify its existence. He was the first one to show the world that dental decay can be avoided and is not destiny that one must succumb to. He is considered the father of modern dentistry for his praiseworthy contribution to the world of dentistry. Today, we know how a dental cavity is formed and what can cause it. Due to the advancing dental technology the concept of tooth worms remains just a fairy tale and nothing more than that!

Reasons To Try Laser Dentistry

laser dentistryLaser dentistry is an up and coming way of doing traditional dental work. Because a laser offers great versatility and powerful ability to  make precise cuts, it is fast becoming an essential feature in all dental practices. It’s normal to be a bit apprehensive over this new treatment, but Mendy, from offers some reasons why it may be the best procedure for you.

It is virtually painless because lasers can cut both gums and teeth without generating the painful vibration, heat and pressure. Laser dentistry also offers higher levels of precision which makes it more possible to preserve a larger part of the patient’s natural tooth.

See more reasons to opt for laser dentistry here: 5 Reasons to Opt for a Laser Dentistry Service Worldental.Org.