We know that oral health affects overall health, but did you know your oral health also affects your tests and how your physician may treat you based on the results of these tests?
Working With Your Dentist
Having a great dentist can do much more than prevent cavities and tooth decay. The right dentist can help you prevent heart disease, dementia, and even treat sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many dentists practicing today are not familiar with integrative dental health and how oral health is connected to the health of the rest of the body. This is a collection of my tips and advice for working with your dentist to get the care and attention you deserve, which will help you live a longer and healthier life.
The origin of the word doctor comes from the Latin root “to teach” and the Latin root for the word patient comes from the root of the verb “to suffer”. The patient has an important role to seek treatment for their suffering and the doctor must provide the knowledge and means for treatment for the sufferer.
Even worse, during the actual procedure, with dental tools drilling away in my mouth, she and the doctor continued to talk and share jokes over my head about their after-work…
I always encourage patients to seek out a second opinion during these instances to help weed out the truth. If your dentist objects at this, this is a signal for you to switch dentists. A secure and confident dentist will encourage a second opinion as it serves to confirm his or her diagnosis and make the patient more confident.