Establishing a dental home is an essential step in guaranteeing healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. But first, what is a dental home? Have you ever heard of a dental home or looked for one in Greenwich Village?
According to the 2018 definition provided by the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry, a dental home “is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.” You can read more about a dental home here https://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/D_DentalHome.pdf
In other words, patients benefit from establishing a strong relationship with a dentist and finding a dental practice where they are comfortable continuously seeking dental care. Your dental home should be a dental practice where you feel comfortable going and it is realistic for you to keep your dental appointments there, establishing consistent general dental care. Establish your dental home at Keith Bracy, DDS in Greenwich Village!
Why a dental home?
Quite simply patients benefit when they see the same dentist and dental team consistently and over time. This is because many dental conditions are best diagnosed and treated with the dentist has a clear understanding of the patient’s risk factors and observations made over time.
For example, take a condition as common as a dental cavity. Dental cavities present in several degrees of severity. Some dental cavities do not need to be treated with a drill or with a filling, these cavities are sometimes so small and just in the enamel of the tooth. The dentist must take into account the patient’s risk for dental cavities when deciding to treat it with a filling or medication. If the dentist feels that the patient might not come back to the practice because they have no interest in establishing a dental home, then the patient might be advised to have a filling. Or if one of these lesions develops on a patient who keeps consistent dental appointments and has a trusting relationship with the dentist, the dentist might decide the lesion can be monitored. Quite simply, patients that have established dental homes often have less treatment and can receive more personalized, consistent advice on their oral healthcare.
Advice to Millennials
Find a dental home and stick with it! In our modern age, convenience and technology have shaped healthcare greatly. However, not all the change is positive. For example, our practice sees many patients who book last minute dental appointments online. These patients are convenience driven with their busy schedules. Many of these patients go to a different dental practice for every dental cleaning and checkup because they just care about the appointment time or dental practice location. Many of these patients cannot develop a dental home and trusted relationship with their dentist because they are seeing a new one every visit! Thus, their dental care might vary greatly between providers and their dentists cannot give them advice based on a greater understanding their health over time.
If sticking with the same dentist means a couple extra minutes on the subway or in a uber, it is worth it to establish your dental home! Establish your dental home in Greenwich Village today! Call Keith Bracy, DDS at 212-390-8399.