Why Not To Choose A Career In Dentistry

career in dentistryA recent article we posted about listed some reasons why you should choose dentistry as a career. But there are some reasons you may not want to choose a career in dentistry. The field of dentistry isn’t for everyone and it can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared.  Check out some things you should consider when choosing (or not choosing) a career in dentistry.

  • Schooling – Becoming a dentist requires a huge commitment of time and money.  You are required to complete a bachelor’s degree (4 years) and then another 4 years of dental school.  If you want to specialize in something, such as orthodontics, you may have another 3 years or so on top of that.
  • Accumulation of debt – All those years in school can add up to a lot of student loan debt. On average, dental students have $100,000 to $300,000 in debt after graduation from dental school.
  • Hard Work – During the four years of dental school you will keep very busy and it is a lot of hard work.  It can be overwhelming and stressful, especially if you have a family.  This is something to consider.
  • Expensive start up – Starting up a practice is expensive.  If you choose to start your own practice, it will cost anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000.  And when you first start out, you don’t have many clients, it will take a while to get going.
  • Job repetition – Dentists do a lot of the same thing over and over again each day.  Many people would find this work monotonous and boring.  Be sure that you are someone that likes to do the same thing each day.

Why To Not Choose Dentistry|How To Become A Dentist

Dangers of Copy/Pasting in EHR

EHREHR’s, or Electronic Health Records, are what most medical professionals use nowadays.  It is much easier to keep all the information for patients filed electronically rather than with paper charts.  But in an article written by Alex Tate on Healthcare IT, he explains the dangers of copy/pasting in EHR’s.

While medical professionals usually copy/paste patient’s previous visit’s treatment plan as a follow up, this may be dangerous to the patient’s condition if in an critical care situation.  Just minor incorrect information could cost someone their life.  Copying previous data in a hurry causes risk of mistakes in the records.

Read more about this problem and ways to resolve it in the full article here: Dangers of Copy/Pasting While Using EHR | Healthcare IT.

Are Our Teeth As Important As The Rest Of Our Body?

27807867-dentures-with-tools-on-tableStatistics show that about one third of the U.S. population doesn’t visit the dentist yearly. What’s more is that around 800,000 ER visits arise every year from preventable dental problems. Some may not visit because of fear or anxiety, but the majority of people don’t see a dentist because of poor dental insurance coverage.

It seems that in the world of health insurance, dentistry is never treated the same as medicine. Even now, with the Affordable Care Act, many more people are insured, but dental coverage is not a required benefit under this act or under most Medicaid plans.

In an article from The Atlantic, they talk about the early history of dentistry.  It seems that dental work has never been seen as important as medical health issues. Until the 1800’s, barbers served as dentists, pulling teeth after trimming hair!  Check out this interesting article to find out more about why we don’t seem to treat our teeth as importantly as the rest of our bodies. Why Don’t We Treat Teeth Like the Rest Of Our Bodies?

Patient Engagement

Have you noticed that when you visit the doctor now, everything is done electronically.  Doctors don’t walk in with paper charts, b16598927-doctor-and-child-pediatrician-listening-to-the-child-s-heart-isolated-on-white-backgroundut instead a laptop with all your health information. This is all part of the Affordable Care Act which is in place now.  It also calls for more patient engagement in the medical field.

Many hospitals and doctor’s offices are turning to a team based approach that highlights patient contact and patient decision making. Most providers now use electronic health records and have patient portals so that patients can communicate electronically about their care.  Hospitals and clinics provide patients with their own information electronically as well as educational resources to help them treat and prevent their symptoms.

Patents should be engaged at every step of their care.  They should be part of every decision that is made with their health. This is especially true for patients with chronic conditions who need a lot of follow up care.  Healthy patients should be engaged with wellness programs to help keep them out of hospitals if possible.

Because patients are able to access their health information through a patient portal, they can be more involved and ask questions without even seeing the doctor.  Patient engagement is a big step for the medical world and should help most people save money that they would otherwise be spending on health care.

Patient Engagement: Medicine’s New Blockbuster Drug|Insight

Affordable Care Act and Dental Health

29625285-stethoscope-with-symbol-of-medicine-caduceus-3dThe Affordable Care Act has been in full effect for months now and still people are experiencing the affects of it.  One area that it seems to affect less than other areas of health care is dentistry.

More children are now covered for dental care as of January 1, 2014.  Pediatric oral health services are included in the new policies.  Around 800,000 adults were expected to gain extensive coverage through health insurance. Seniors likely saw the smallest increase in benefits.

Preventative dentistry is still the best way to minimize dental and oral issues. This includes brushing and flossing daily, eating healthy and decreasing sugar intake and also using fluoride.

How Will the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) Affect Dental Insurance? | Pinecrest Dental.