Establishing a Dental Home
Your dental home is the place where you will get consistent treatment and care for your oral health. The dental home allows a patient to stay established with a dentist. The more a person feels like they know their dentist and are comfortable with him/her, the more likely they are to be open and honest with them and ready to seek their care if they need it.
For children, establishing a dental home will play an important role in their future oral health care. The more they feel comfortable and relaxed the less likely they are to develop a fear of the dentist. In turn, they will continue to visit the dentist as teenagers and adults.
Here’s a few more reasons why having a dental home is important.
Keep All Your Records in One Place
A dental home will keep all of your dental records in one place and the dental team on one page. This means that you won’t have to bother calling multiple dental offices to have records exchanged. Instead, you can just go to the dentist and they will have all your old records available for reference and see what your past records were.
Get Better Care
By visiting the same dentist consistently you are ensuring you’re getting the best care possible. After all, the more a dentist know you and your needs, the more tailored your treatment can be to your situation.
No Insurance Woes
Switching between dentists causes a lot of stress for patients because of the work that goes into finding a new dentist, ensuring they take their insurance, and dealing with billing issues. A dental home will save you from this headache because it assures you that your office understands your current insurance and benefits.
When should you establish a dental home?
It’s important that your dental home be established as soon as possible. For children, this should start around the time that their first tooth begins to come in. For adults it should be as soon as you’re able to get into a dentist.
We recommend people who have either lost their insurance or moved because of work find a dental home within three months of getting settled. This can help make you feel more connected to the area and also make you feel like you’re taking steps toward keeping yourself healthy – all important things when you’re going through big changes.
We would love for you to consider making us your dental home. Give us a call or schedule an appointment to learn more about how you can become a part of our dental family.