Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dentists are Great Tools

This is some serious DENTAL NEGLECT!

Learn to Love your Dental Office Tools

Now, please read that title by using the most positive definition of tool that you can find. A TOOL is something that helps you accomplish a goal, or makes a project easier to complete. It’s something invented to HELP you do something. Cavemen made fire and learned to make arrows. Those were tools. A tool does nothing on its own. A tool mostly just sits there waiting for you to do something with it. It’s pretty useless until you decide how you want to use it.

Are you a Great Patient - are you good with tools?

We, here at the dental office work with all kinds of dental patients. We are very lucky that most of them are smart, caring people who want to keep their teeth and are willing to work to do it. Notice the phrase “work to do it”? Keeping ones teeth healthy and in ones mouth takes work. There is the work of brushing, and flossing and eating correctly. There is the work of making regular dental appointments, and keeping them. There is the work of paying for needed treatment. If a person wants to do the work, we are a great tool to help them do that. We have ideas, and equipment and training and people to help do the work of keeping your teeth healthy.

Or - do you think a tool can work by itself?
Also serious NEGLECT!! This needs more than a hammer!

That being said, there is, unfortunately, that small group of people who don’t seem to really get the whole point of using a tool, like a dentist. They seem to feel that the tool should do all the work – all by itself! They come to us with every tooth rotting and dirty, having done no work themselves to keep their teeth healthy. Then they come to us and say “Fix it”. That’s a little like asking a hammer to rebuild a barn all by itself. If a hammer could talk, it might say – “Okay – I can do that. First, please pick me up and buy some nails, and we’ll get started!” What a good tool!

You can do it - Let us help!  

If the answer is “Okay, I can spend some money and time.”, there’s a good chance that we can work towards fixing the problem. It’s the people who look with derision and disbelief at even the suggestion of spending any money or effort themselves, and somehow expect the barn to get fixed. It can’t happen. Even worse is when they blame the tool when the barn falls down! And you know what - you can technically replace a barn - you just CAN'T really replace your teeth! So remember, dentists are tools. We’re here to help those who want to help themselves. Let’s get started!!!