The restorative practice encompasses many opportunities to incorporate and apply effective periodontal therapies. In doing this, the dentist can get to know their patients better before beginning the treatment process. This will ultimately help the clinician select the therapies that are the most appropriate for the patient and what is in their best interest.
In light of the absence of symptoms attending most of the periodontal disease experienced by our patients, they rarely are aware of its broad reaching consequences. Additionally patients often learn incomplete, outdated and conflicting or troubling information from any variety of sources. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the dental professional to be a reliable and compassionate source of understanding for patients with periodontitis.
Our new course, Effective Periodontal Therapies in the Restorative Dental Practice: Part I âThe Successful Patientâ, addresses how we might start to engage our patients in a way that has been consistently effective in helping them on their journey to periodontal health, as well as overall dental health.
After viewing this lesson the successful patient, you will have a better understanding of:
- Engaging with a patient in effective dialogue
- Adult learning principles and motivational theory
- How to open up a patientâs mind
Denise Prichard is the Editor for Spear Education.