Why you don’t want your teeth cleaned!

Why you don’t want your teeth cleaned!


– What’s up guys? This is Dr. O from Innovative Dental. Pleasure to see all your
smiling faces today. I’m assuming they’re smiling. They should be smiling, right? It’s a wonderful day so
today we’re going to talk about why you don’t
want your teeth cleaned. And you’re probably going man
I know that was click bait. I clicked on it, and you’re a dentist. And you’re telling me why you
don’t want my teeth cleaned. That can’t be true, and you’re right. You should get your teeth
cleaned, but I want to explain why I titled it why you don’t
want your teeth cleaned. ‘Cause the number one question
we get or at least one of the main questions we get. First off when you’re a new
patient and it’s understandable, but we get this question is I
like to get my teeth cleaned. And they want to have that done
at the first visit obviously for efficiency sake. I get it. Everybody wants to not waste any time. Doesn’t want to go to the dental office more than they need to. And so they ask our front office. Say hey, can I get in and get a cleaning? And while that makes sense,
truly it doesn’t really take into one of the biggest
considerations that I feel like a private practice
or any dental office should be offering their patient. And that’s truly a tailored
and personalized care. And so, you’re a person. You’re not a number at Innovative Dental. And so first off and foremost, we want to personalize our care. We can’t do that if we
promise and do cleanings at the first visit cause
we haven’t even met yet. So first thing that we
want to do is meet you, get to know you, know what you’re about, know what your family who your
family is, see what is fun for you in your life. Find out, believe it or
not, what kind of beverage you might like ’cause
we make beverages here for our patients ’cause
we love our patients. So since you’re not a number
here at Innovative Dental, we want to obviously treat you as a person who has individual concerns for, maybe you have certain
goals for your smile. Maybe you wanna see your teeth straighter. Maybe you want to see them whiter. Maybe you’ve got some missing teeth, and you’re wanting to
see what are the options to help replace and repair
those missing teeth. That’s something that we
got to learn and gather all that information. It’s really hard to do all
of that over the phone. We have an amazing team,
and they do a wonderful job gathering a ton of information
before you ever come see us. And we send you a questionnaire
and a survey that kind of helps us get to know
you prior to coming in. But it’s still not enough to
really make that a tailored, personalized treatment. So I hope I hit that strong
enough, and you understand that our heart behind it
is to not be inefficient. Heck, we make more money
if we can do a cleaning in the first visit, an
exam in the first visit, and x-rays in the first visit. Every practice that
does that in that short, maybe hour typically, it’s
more profitable or more revenue that you can generate. But it honestly doesn’t match our mission. And our mission is to
create brighter smiles through innovation. And it’s really hard to
do that if we don’t know who we’re creating a smile on,
why we’re creating for them, and what makes them tick. So hopefully that helps
you understand that we want to personalize first the
care that we give you, and we’re going to get to know you first. How about that? Our second reason is that,
honestly, we don’t know what you need as far as a cleaning. So it’s understandable that
if you’re not a dentist and you’re not familiar with dental care and all the different type of cleanings, you don’t have maybe a
hygienist in your family. You may not realize
that there are actually many different types of cleanings. One being a prophy which is we, that’s a short for prophylaxis. That’s your basic cleaning. It means you don’t have any
gum infection or bone loss that is severe, that’s gonna
require us to do a deep cleaning or tartar build up
and bleeding, things like that. It also means that maybe the
tartar’s not so significant. We’re not gonna have to spend
a lot of time removing it. Those patients that typically
are within a six month cycle or a yearly cycle of
getting their teeth cleaned, hopefully six months. But you know, there’s no
really no science behind that. That’s a whole different topic. But, you know, if you’re
keeping the tartar off of your teeth and
keeping them fairly clean, then typically a prophy
is all that’s necessary. If you haven’t seen a dental professional or hygienist in awhile, that’s not likely. You’re probably gonna need
full mouth debridement which that’s called FMD. So that’s a second type
of cleaning that we give. It takes more time. And to do it correctly, it’s our hygiene. We have the best hygienist
you’re ever gonna find, I really feel, but that
just takes more time to really clean those teeth
even doing it very quickly. And then the last type of
cleaning which is really important because it goes undiagnosed all the time because we get too quick
to just clean teeth. So the third type is
scaling and root planning. And scaling and root planning is short SRP is what we in the field call it. But it’s essentially a deep clean. We go below the gums. We remove the tartar, and
you’ve probably heard of tartar. We call it calculus. That’s below the gumline. We remove that because it holds bacteria that’s affecting the gums
and causing patients, many patients to get bone loss. And so, that’s a whole different topic of how periodontal disease is a big problem in our population. But what if you needed SRP and you came in and you’ve
been promised a cleaning, and you get a regular cleaning? And you really needed
scaling and root planning. There’s definitely a big problem there because long term you might
end up losing more bone, essentially losing bone and gums might lead to tooth loss,
infection around your teeth, so these are kind of serous missteps if we treat everybody the same. So, that is why we wanna
take proper diagnosis to see that, plus let’s say you’ve got lots of other conditions. Missing teeth, you’ve got decay, you might needs some crowns or some old fillings are
breaking and wearing down, we’re definitely gonna
wanna take x-rays and photos and proper records so we
can see what’s going on and then sit there and
be able to help discuss and co-diagnose with you at
what are some of the options you might have to help
remedy these problems. So, those discussions, I
know myself and Dr. Megan and our team, we spend a long time with especially our new patients, to make sure that we are thorough and don’t just rush
through that appointment just because we’re trying
to get a cleaning done. After we’ve gotten to know you, we’ve taken proper x-rays and records and diagnosed the proper
cleaning that’s necessary to give you the best health
and long term success with your smile, the
last thing we wanna do is we wanna honor the
fact that you work hard for your money and it takes effort, right? I mean, we work hard. So, we don’t wanna just throw it away or not have a clue what
we’re really spending it for or not budget things so they’re stressful. We’ve all been there where we’ve maybe committed to something that
we didn’t really realize was the commitment, and that happens all
the time in dentistry, so we sit down in this special room actually that I’m in right now. We call it the Innovative Financial Room, and it’s just essentially
a time that we take concern and effort to help make certain that we clearly communicate the options for financial arrangements, understanding what
things are going to cost, and the investment that’s necessary to remedy the problems, working with our patients on ways that don’t put their families in harm’s way, and still let’s them achieve oral health, and so, that’s the importance of that financial consultation. There’s absolutely no way we can do that if we’re doing a get to meet you, clean your teeth for 45 minutes, and then try to rush
through an explanation of what you need and then maybe get to the financial discussion, and so you can see how an
hour just doesn’t cut it, if you’re trying to clean teeth. Now, we typically spend about an hour to get to know you, take the records, for the doctor to talk to you. Sometimes it runs over
a little bit on an hour, and then we have about,
oh, 20 to 30 minutes where our patients will have a discussion with our financial coordinators, and obviously, sometimes
it’s much shorter than that. Our treatment coordinators,
financial coordinators, they kind of are synonymous in our office, but they may have a
conversation for 10 minutes if you don’t need much, but if you need a lot of work and maybe you need to finance some things, we go through all of that
at that appointment as well. So, you know this was kind of a long, drawn out way to get around to the fact that I think a lot of
people get dental cleanings or expect them from their new office, and they may not understand that if they’re going to a place that is really going that direction of hey, we’re gonna clean
your teeth first visit, and doesn’t have any sort
of way to help customize and tailor care for you, I’d be concerned about
the level of service and the level of care and really, if from the very beginning, you’re being treated
just like another patient or another number, then you know, you’re not gonna get the best, and so we’ve committed to that. It’s definitely not the most profitable for that first visit
to do that for people, but it’s the best way
to create a relationship that allows us to give our patients the best smile and you know, obviously we make these videos
for people locally to see, but this is gonna be on
YouTube and Facebook, and I’m sure there’s lots of people can’t come to Innovative Dental, or it would just be too much of a stretch to make that trip. I hope everybody finds this helpful and useful if you’re searching, and if you’re in a different state or area and you’re going, hey, I watched this video, I hope
you would click subscribe, I’m into just education
as many people as we can, and so subscribe to the channel and we’ll be posting more video that are hopefully
helpful and educational, fairly entertaining at
some points, hopefully. I don’t know, I’m not really that funny, but that’s kind of the goal behind it. So hit like, comment below, subscribe, and I look forward to seeing
you in the next video, and you keep smiling.

Author: Kevin Mason

100 thoughts on “Why you don’t want your teeth cleaned!

  1. Wish my dentist was as cool as this dude seems to be, but long as he knows what he's doing I guess that's enough to satisfy me, coolness would just be a bonus lol

  2. What’s more affordable…extraction and dentures, or six veneers? Since I already needed a deep clean, it seems like I may as well get the dentures being my teeth which will be holding the veneer$ are going to likely fall out someday. 🤔

  3. As an aspiring dental student it’s really nice to see a lot of the things I touched on in my personal statement (things that should be done in practice, but are often left by the wayside) being touched on here. Marking your patient feel like more than just a number, building trust, as well as providing a clear and concise communication, both in terms of procedures and financial options. Awesome video doc.

  4. More than one type of cleaning!? Why pay for what you dont need? Way to go! 1. Prophy, 2. full mouth debridment, 3. scaling.

  5. You might want to list your State. I can think of at least 3 States that have a town called Springfield.

  6. every time I've had mine done professionally never asked they always just did it my teeth have felt worse :/

  7. This points out what dentistry has become. For decades they told us the most important thing definitely was a cleaning and exam every 6 months. Now, cleaning isn't what's important – your financial plan is. Dentists only break even on the prophylaxis, the big money is up-selling people into implants, crowns, veneers, etc. The "plan" is to skip the cleaning and find out how much insurance and credit you have so they can really soak you. They can even sign you up for a special dental credit card only for dental services. Maybe the x-rays are to see down to your wallet.

  8. Need more dentist's like you. Hell, health care personnel in general. I see so many people who will see x person, and x person asks x thing, and it's pretty much dismissed, or not even addressed at all, that doesn't make you feel good, nor give you any indication about them actually caring.

  9. Finally… A dentist that cares… Kudos to u..Love your presentation.. u may make it easier for people that r afraid to go to the dentist.. because I sure would love to have someone like your practice around here.. congrats and wish u much success.. always speak from the heart ..ty

  10. Your videos are good mate, there is some stuff you can learn though i would recommended condensing them down, i know theres a lot of information to get out there, but the aim is to keep peoples attention. You go off into tangents that dont affect some of your user base, so they could lose interest.

    In the aim to be constructive! – you would do well to edit them into different videos, these tangents – an example when you start to talk about financial consultation would make a good separate video! "Help you get your teeth cleaned at a fair price" or something i dont know youll come up with something better!

    good job 🙂

  11. I actually just finished dental hygiene school, and I just wanted to say that it's so refreshing to hear a DDS who understands the importance of gathering the assessments, reviewing treatment plan/cost, etc. on the initial visit and having the patient come back for the prophy/SRP. It allows the patient to ask questions and voice concerns, it also makes it easier as a hygienist to not succumb to patients needing SRP, who are wanting to just do just a "basic cleaning."

  12. You may be a good dentist but we are not dating so give me as much for my time as possible. You should be able to diagnose and begin treatment immediately. I have to work to pay for the expensive service.
    I went through this process with a dental group and I felt like my time and a tooth was lost. I ended up going to a smaller dental office that was personal and he was straight forward about what needed to be addressed immediately and we went from there.

  13. You seem very principled about your practice and quite passionate. That's comforting to see 😊 good information BTW, thank you!

  14. Do you think that it's a bad idea to get teeth straighteners braces invisalign exsetra if your 50 year's old? I have yet to have a cavity.

  15. So basically you end up with three visits before any dental work is performed that's a lot of money and a lot of time wasted, you can absolutely get to know somebody in an hour have their teeth cleaned and address problems,$$$$$ through

  16. Dear Doctor . how can i find out how much my treatment would cost cuz first i need to make a financial plan before i get an appointment . I'm living in Kuwait serve the US army as a contractor. Thank you for your answer ..

  17. Dr. Olson I'm coming to see u soon from Florida you're awesome! Can't wait to get that beautiful smile I know I would be satisfied when I leave you're office!
    Lashaun

  18. What is too much for a teeth filling??? I have been struggling to find a good dentist.. stress me out everyday 😟😟.. to the point where I feel like blah…

  19. I finally found an exceptional dentist. Dr. Boyd in Evans, GA. He’s the first dentist in 55 years that I trust and like.

  20. I freaking hate when a dentist talks to me too much, just check my damn teeth then tell me my options after….I don't want my dentist to know my life plans, I don't want to have to explain what tf I drink on my free time, and I don't want to be there any longer then I have to

  21. Oh why can't more dentist function like this??? Im scared of getting oral work. U make me feel at ease with knowledge. Ty for ur videos!

  22. I noticed that after I had my teeth cleaned they get dirty with stains more often and in plces it never had stains before. Cleaning efffffs the enamel.

  23. I moved to another country from the US and the first appointment is just an intake/check x-rays for all new patients. I was searching if that was weird because in the US I'd not had that, but I found this video and understand the process a lot more and am happy they take these things into consideration. Thanks for the video!

  24. Thanks for the info on the 3 types of cleaning. Will be getting my teeth cleaned in a few weeks so now I can discuss which will be best for me

  25. my first dentis didnt bother helping me saving my teeth he just pulled them, and he said oh i take all your bottom teeth to save him time, i was like ummm no , i lefted him and had nothing but constant infections, im so angry

  26. I mean I am super obsessed with my teeth but I can’t lie this Dr. is pretty easy on the eyes. It’s a win win for me on this channel

  27. Sounds great. So lets go to lunch instead..
    If your volvo breaks do you also tow your Volvo to shop. So mechanic and staff can examine your car… Not fix it. Just get acquainted with the special car.. You tow it home couple hundred $$'s.. Big deal.. The professionals you needed to actually fix your car.. Needed to just pet your car. Learn it quirks,see how sensitive it is. Check oil see that its black dirty oil. Don't change filthy oil,top it off keep harmful damaging filth slowly sandblasting away cos you just needed to pet the car..

    Do your Job. Its this holier than though attitude modern dentalist have.. I wish you the best life possible.. Cos thanks to this video.. I'll never WASTE a day in my life being observed by the people I need in my mouth doing everything!!!!
    Impress me by doing your job.. I'm busy dude.. I pay cash always at end of visit.. Unless I ever end up at counseler-dentist.. You wanna know me. Great come dirtbiking or shooting or fishing.
    Do your job.. Shut your mouth, quit wasting your skills,and peoples precious time.. I ever go to this ego-twisted meetn greet. You'll be paying me. I'm 100% serious too.. I'm not cheap. As I do my proffession not ignore it for social time!!! This ridiculous..
    No hard feelings mister. Really… Learn homeopathic dentistry. Rail against fluoride and mercury fillings as any informed loving human naturally should once ones due diligence is made..
    God be with you,peace.
    I pray you become a beloved dentist. And true healer of People..

  28. for the first time in almost 19 years of living in the US, I wish I could be leaving where your office is located. I'm new to the dental field so I would have loved to start learning at a dental officelike this. I live right now in the north but if someday I get the chance to live in the south and I'm qualified enough to work for you I would love to be given a chance. I hope more dentist could be like you more thoughtful, caring and genuinely listening to the patients. It's good to know that there are still genuine dentists like you out there and if someday I get the chance to live in the south and I get the opportunity to work for you it would truly be an honor. Wish you nothing but the best and I hope someday you can open up an office in MA ☺️☺️

  29. I want to visit ur clinic oneday because I want to improve my smile. Unfortunately i have to extract a tooth .. 2nd upper molar in the right jaw. I die now of regrets. I had many health problems since i did the rct. Doctors and dentist said that was stress. But maybe u are familiar with Hal Huggings. Fear for futher health detoriation made me extract it. It was still a good tooth. My wisdom tooth is now not so stable as it lost its support.

  30. When you go to the dentist and she pokes your teeth three times with a sharp object and then that's the end all of a sudden oh you have three cavities that need to be filled

  31. You're a dentist and cannot afford a lapel mic? For 15 bucks, your audio quality would be greatly improved. The "music" is awful, too.

  32. I read a comment online that the way some dentists decide if you need a $1,000 deep cleaning is if your insurance covers it. Can you make a video about deep cleaning? The periodontist cannot show you the numbers as he measures them. He just calls out the numbers to his assistant, who types them into the computer. Couldn't a money-grubbing dentist "fudge" the numbers a bit to be sure he gets that $1,000?

  33. My gums seem to be fine, not puffy, not red, not bleeding ever. The periodontist says I need deep cleaning. Could he be wrong?

  34. Sorry doc, not into dental dating site, just need my teeth cleaned. We all know the insurance companies run the show here!

  35. What are your thoughts about the Documentary ROOT CAUSE? It was recently removed from Netflix, Sounds like the ADA gave them some crap… however ive never heard of other documentaries getting removed. Would really love to hear your thoughts on root canals and wisdom teeth removal.

  36. Hey I have very acidic saliva so I get tart build up very easily + I had braquets and they did put a metal strip behind my teeth so they wont move which is good but it does double the tart build up so I have to go get my teeth cleaned every 2 to 3 months, but if I dont do it the gum in my mouth starts to go down so it's better to do it? I have very healthy teeth never had caries or a anything it's just that I have to get the tart removed so often which worries me a little cos I dont want anything to happen to my teeth I always take good care of em

  37. They quoted 800.00 for scaling and root cleaning at my dental place…

    Who coukd afford it. Sometimes it just seems they are just out for money

  38. Doctor where are you located?? I am from Houston, I would love to keep taking care of my teeth 🦷 I need some implants 😰

  39. I have a question i went to get a deep clean but my teeth are still stained in the back is a deep clean supposed to leave teeth fully stainless ..brown plaque stain

  40. Hi dr. O,
    Thank you for your informative
    videos. I have a question about dental cleanings. Are they really necessary for someone who doesn’t have any visible tartar buildup or bleeding gums? Also is it true that once someone has it done they’ll have to get it done regularly or risk worsened buildup and bone loss ?
    Thank you.

  41. I spent 350 on my cleaning. I ended up getting 1,500 loan and not all the job was done. I got plaque a month later I don’t know why

  42. The truth is, they want to create a 'dental plan' which makes you committed to a long list of billed visits.

  43. My dentist cleaned my teeth first visit sorry! Nobody wants to waste time. My family has nothing to do with my teeth sorry no stalling over here on my side.

  44. I say they want that money for each appointment you have to come too because if you don't have insurance you're paying out of pocket just for each dentist appointment but I could be wrong. However I ain't dentist yet that cares about their patient and not the money.

  45. ……. don't get your teeth " professionally cleaned " . The equipment they use abraids and weakens the enamel so that the teeth will next time stain more easily and you'll return to get your teeth cleaned ………..

  46. No lie, every time I go in for teeth cleaning, my teeth cleaned. A-they tell me how well I keep my teeth cleaned, B-my mouth hurts, C- within a couple months I need a filling, without fail. I’m thinking about going once a year instead of every 6 months.

  47. im british my teeth are fucked no because of that but because i used to be an alcoholic. wish i had the money for implants

  48. Dentistry has always been associated with negative energy; it's nice to have someone that's less formal. I feel like that formality and judgement is what drive people away from the dentist. Of course there's the occasional negative experience that can be inevitable, but having a friendly face goes a long way. Keep up your awesome channel

  49. Great video. I believe I damaged and basically killed the him triangles inbetween my top four front teeth. I had periodontal disease also. I have small gaps now like black triangles. Is there anyway to get that tissue back or fill it with collagen?

  50. Is that lady drinking coffee in one of those pics? sign me up. I definitely want to go to a dentist that serves coffee to his patients. Do you offer kids soda and taffy?

  51. I feel like you give so much hope. There are so many people who carry shame about their teeth/smile. Thank you!

  52. I hate cleanings. They hurt and I do not think they're necessary if the dentist is informing patients of the nutritional component of healthy teeth. Cleanings should be offered as an optional treatment only, like Fluoride.

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