What To Do If You Disagree With Your Dentist

What To Do If You Disagree With Your Dentist

Hi! Dr. Burhenne here of AsktheDentist.com Today we’re going to talk about what to do if you disagree with your dentist. So, the first thing that I want you to remember and this is very important, you have the right to question what your dentist, whether he or she, has to say in regards to treatment. You should, first of all, be getting all the options. Everything should be explained fully. If there’s a sudden change in direction or in the degree of treatment, there should be some question. Is there something you’re not doing at home? There’s a lot of philosophy in how to treat patients and some dentists may think, “Oh gosh! That patient can’t really make those changes at home.” Those lifestyle changes: diet, keeping the mouth moist, eating the right diet, flossing and brushing more, all those things. And they may think, “You know what, let’s just put a restoration in there.” Maybe, perhaps, an expensive one when it’s irreversible. We’ll deal with that. And these are the things that you need to know about your healthcare provider. Is that what they’re thinking or can you make these lifestyle changes at home? Can you reverse the cavity, for example? Can you be a better patient in terms of maintaining the biofilm and the oral biome? So again, this is all about your relationship with your healthcare provider and if you don’t think you’re getting that, get your x-rays, get your records and get a second opinion. His or her reaction to that will be very telling. If it’s very fluid then that’s fine. That’s a good sign. Get all the options. Make sure you are getting all the options. Don’t necessarily take the word of your dentist as fact. And that makes you more involved in your own treatment and healthcare, oral healthcare. And it makes you a better patient. I think it would make your dentist a better dentist by having these very candid conversations. So, I hope that little bit of information helps. It certainly will help your oral health. So, remember you’re the patient. Don’t be afraid to build that rapport with your dentist. Thanks for watching this video. Subscribe if you want to hear more videos like this.

Author: Kevin Mason

2 thoughts on “What To Do If You Disagree With Your Dentist

  1. A courageous video, thank you! I've walked away from doctors and dentists I thought didn't have my best interest at heart and was the better for it! Always like having copies of my dental X-rays and treatment records.

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