With the advent of the Affordable Health Act, many of the old ways of practicing health care and receiving health care will slowly disappear. I can’t speak for the medical community but have some clear ideas on where dental health care is headed. My comments are not based on fact but simple experience and common sense. The key to the health issue is for the patient to find the right dentist and vice versa.

Dentistry may be a health service but it is also a business and like all business’s, it is consumer driven. For each dental consumer demand, there will be a dental business model to fill the need.

There are basically three types of consumer demand for dentistry:

  • Only when there is an emergency which usually ends with extraction of the bad tooth.
  • Only wanting dental work that insurance pays for.
  • Wanting a personalized dental plan that will keep the teeth healthy and functional for a lifetime.

I truly believe that everyone has the right to fit in either of the above categories; how and what they decide is certainly none of my business. I also believe that patients need to find the right dentist to fill their needs.

Emergency Pain

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If problems occur, the best thing to do is look for a dental office in your area that advertises for emergency care via the Internet. Not all dentists do surgery so it is a good thing for you to do your research.

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Insurance Driven Dentistry

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First of all, there is no such item as dental insurance only dental benefits which act as a coupon. There are basically two kinds of dental benefits; on a plan or fee for service.

If you are “on a plan,” your company will have a list of dentists who signed a contract to give deeply discounted dental rates. These discounts range from 30 to 40% with no or limited co pay to the patient.

If you have fee for service, dentists charge their standard fee, file your insurance and usually estimate your copay. ALL plans have their negative and positive issues.

If, for whatever reason, insurance is your driving motivation, research is still the first step in finding a dentist who is right for you. It is absolutely in the best interest of patient and doctor if you are very upfront and express your views if you are only interested in what insurance will pay.

Personalized Dentistry

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Modern dentistry has made incredible strides in the last few years. It has two major components; prevention and restoration. There are three ways people lose teeth; gum disease, decay and unnatural forces. If a person starts the proper prevention at a very young age and their teeth fit properly, chances are they will never need any dentistry at all.

Once a tooth starts decaying, once gum disease starts destroying the bone or a bad fit of the teeth start destroying teeth, something needs to be done. It only makes sense, right? For those who want to maintain their teeth for life, they need to find a dentist they trust and together work out a life long personalized dental plan. The goal of the plan is to keep their teeth for their entire life.

Most people do not want to even think about their teeth because that would mean a trip to the dentist, right? The smart thing to do is go to the mirror, have a look at your teeth and decide how important they are to you. Set your goal as to what you want for your teeth and either discuss with the trusted dentist you already have or find one that you can trust.

Just remember that they are your teeth and you are the one that has to make what ever decision that is in your best interest.

Health is an Investment

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There is really nothing better in life than being healthy and feeling good. As with every thing else, it comes with a price. The price includes money and everyday prevention. You can be on the best diet in the world and exercise every day yet still have health issues. The mouth tends to be different. When everything is correct and is taken care of, your teeth and your dentistry can last for a lifetime.