Is NICE a valid criterion for choosing a dentist?

Would you say that your dentist is nice? And if so, what qualities would contribute to that opinion? And is “nice” valid criterion in choosing a dentist? The answer is, “That depends.” Blog explores the criterion for choosing a dentist.

Reasons “nice” might not be valid criterion:

  1. The dentist says what the patient wants to hear, whether it is the best advice or not.
  2. The dentist says the condition of the patient’s mouth is good, when it’s not.
  3. The dentist offers an easy and mediocre solution that will not stand up to time or the strong biting forces of the mouth.
  4. The dentist does not encourage the patient to follow a strict hygiene regimen.

Criteria that is both “nice” as well as valid:

  1. The dentist shows care and concern for the patient.
  2. The dentist and staff are polite.
  3. The dentist listens closely and takes time to hear all of the patient’s concerns.
  4. The dentist thoroughly explains treatment options.
  5. The dentist describes treatment procedures clearly and thoroughly.
  6. The dentist offers the best treatment options that are long lasting, attractive, functional and healthy.
  7. The dentist and staff instruct the patient in the most effective home care techniques.
  8. The dentist checks to make sure that the patient is doing well following surgical treatment.
  9. The dentist and staff instill confidence and help the patient to feel safe.
  10. The dentist and the patient are a team working toward a goal of optimal dental health. Collaboration will assure positive results.

Dr. Wolfinger mentioned, “Listening carefully to a patient’s concerns and creating predictable treatment options based on those concerns is important in developing a good doctor patient relationship.

Consumer reports states, “Growing research suggests that people who have a strong relationship with a physician not only report greater satisfaction with their care but also may enjoy better health.” The same can be said for a dentist.

At Pi Dental Center, a good doctor/patient relationship is essential to successful treatment. This rapport is established during the first visit and maintained through each and every appointment.

During the initial visit, the dentist listens closely to the patient’s concerns and asks pertinent questions.  This in depth conversation is an integral part of the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.

Review:  “Friendly, informative, clinically careful, and most of all, honest about what is involved. They eagerly answered any and every question!”

The relationship contributes to the patient’s successful treatment outcome. The choice of a dentist can be a challenge.  You can trust and rely on the dentists at Pi Dental Center.

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  1. Nicely described the necessity of regular dental check-up specially for grown ups. It would be better if you share more updates on maintaining proper oral hygiene for older people.

    • Thanks for your suggestion. Pi Dental Center is always looking for blog ideas. October is National Dental Hygiene Month. We will write a blog specifically addressing oral hygiene for older adults.

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  2. A friendly attitude of a doctor to a patient is very important. People sometimes afraid dentists, and such routine described in this post help the patients to relax, and in advance to have positive attitude to dentists. Great post, helpful information.

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