What do you say to patients who have concerns about dental x-rays?
The future of dentistry will focus very much on information being at our fingertips and patients maintaining dental awareness into later years of life. There is no replacement for regular visits to the dentist to have in-person examinations and real-time discussions about concerns a patient might have, or which the doctor might find upon examination.
It is becoming more commonplace, however, for patients to maintain awareness of their own dental situation as they age. People live longer and want to keep their teeth longer, and with modern technology and materials available in our general dentistry practice it is feasible for patients to keep their teeth and have excellent oral health their entire lives.
The Internet and electronic communication allow us to communicate with our patients more easily than in the past. It is a great time to be starting my career as a new dentist in practice since 2016.
With medical sites such as WebMD and the awareness patients have of other web-based resources to learn more about their general and oral health, now both patients and dentists are maintaining awareness of their well-being. I want to know what is going on with my patient’s overall health so that I can be as informed as possible when diagnosing their dental situations. There are risks of stroke, cardiac concerns, diabetes, and infection that are part of a patient’s medical history that will impact their oral health as well.
Patients want to be aware of as much as possible so they can have meaningful conversations with me about their oral health and know that we are on the same page. We consider medications and lifestyle when we provide dental services to help them live the best lives possible.
The future of dentistry is very exciting.
Dr. Brian Gallagher
West Park Dental
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Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
X-rays are used for diagnostic purposes, and to protect the patient from oral health problems that could arise—or are currently present—which would not be discovered without the use of this important diagnostic tool.