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Dental Patients Now More Aware of Health Issues

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
Cleveland, OH

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Posted 02/03/2020

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