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There are 2 types of people in this world; those who are overly concerned about dental issues that can happen to them, and those who underestimate the problems that a simple dental issue can cause them. While the first kind presses the panic button on even the slightest of issues, the second kind is the ones who miss most signs that their body gives them to begin panicking. Irrespective of the type of person you are, here are a few questions for you to answer.

Do you experience dry mouth, sensitivity, and headaches quite often? If yes, these might be an indication of an underlying dental issue. Our body releases some prominent signs that demand immediate medical care. Some symptoms might be mild while some of them can be severe and need you to press the panic button. But how do you know what is the right reaction in a situation? Let us tell you more about the conditions that need your immediate attention.

Swelling or toothache

If you are experiencing toothaches or swelling, it is high time you visit the dentist immediately for a root canal treatment. Excruciating toothaches are signs of serious tooth problems that can worsen if left untreated. Moreover, swelling in cheeks that is spreading towards the eyes is a sign of infected roots. Make sure you consult your dentist at the earliest.

Sore, swollen, or inflamed gums 

Do you have sore, swollen, or inflamed gums? If yes, it is high time you press the panic button and consult a dentist. The faster the better. It is easy to treat and recover from mild gum infections. But, the risk increases with time and requires extra care and effort by the dentist.  Only a professional cleaning can remove bacteria, plaque, and infection from the gumline. 

White spots

White spots or white patches on your teeth and gums are the initial signs of tooth decay. Consulting a dentist immediately can help avoid cavities and other gum infections. Apart from this, gum infections can also lead to pimple formation on the gums. Make sure you do not scrape or pop it. leave them as they are and see the dentist right away. 

Canker Sores 

Canker sores are a dental condition that leads to tiny ulcers inside the cheeks and lips. It can also happen on the roof of the mouth or the tongue. Although the majority of the canker sores heal on their own within a week. But in case you notice them spreading or getting painful, you should press the panic button. 

Mouth Injury 

Any injury or trauma in the mouth should not be taken lightly, even if it does not feel like an emergency. Teeth trauma can even damage the roots and trigger severe other dental issues. Therefore, it is crucial to see the dentist and get the area examined. 

These were some signs that indicate a serious dental issue. Make sure you connect with a reputed dental surgeon and get them treated right away. Unnecessary delays can aggravate the issue leading to dire consequences. The thing to understand here is that when you delay, you are letting the cause of the condition take a deeper root in your system. Irrespective of the reason behind a condition, whether it is bacterial or viral or caused as a response of your immune system, the earlier a problem is identified, the sooner it can be created. 

So if you have any of these conditions, it is for the best of your oral health that you visit a specialist as soon as possible. Your dentist will also appreciate your proactiveness and will try his best to treat the issue. Good luck.

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Going to the dentist makes many people nervous, especially if they’re self-conscious about their teeth or worried that a procedure might be painful. Having a good relationship with you and your staff can make all the difference in whether or not patients return to your practice for regular dental care. How can you build a good relationship with your dental patients?

  1. Begin at the beginning. Whenever you get a new patient, put a lot of effort into welcoming them into your practice. For example, you can send them a welcome text or email (provided they've signed up to receive such communications from you) prior to the appointment to let them know what to expect, such as any forms they’ll need to fill out or a reminder to bring their insurance information. 
  2. Be authentic. Patients know when you're trying to "fake it" or be someone you’re not. Tap into your genuine curiosity about other people to ask patients questions about themselves, their families and their lives. You'll undoubtedly find some common interests or conversational avenues to pursue. After the patient’s visit, make notes of what you learned so that you can follow up on these topics at the patient's next appointment.
  3. Show patients you care. One way you can build a strong relationship with patients is by demonstrating that you care about their dental health. CareStack’s patient communication tools, for instance, allow you to automatically contact patients when they are due for a hygiene appointment, follow up on treatment plans so patients don't miss important treatments, and even reach out to dormant patients to get them back in the office.
  4. Listen more than you talk. There’s a “sales” aspect to gaining treatment acceptance from patients—and like any salesperson, dental professionals can learn a lot by listening. Talk less and listen more, and you’ll uncover what matters to the patient, as well as any objections they may have to recommended treatments. For example, if a new patient admits he hasn't gone to the dentist in a couple years because he was out of work and couldn't afford it, you probably shouldn’t suggest $3,000 worth of dental work right away. Start small, recommending treatment for the most pressing issues, to gain the patient's trust.
  5. Share information among the dental practice team. Dental hygienists (and sometimes even front office staff) often spend more time conversing with patients than dentists do. All of your employees should be educated in how to build patient relationships, starting with gathering information about patients. That knowledge should be shared with the rest of the team and recorded in your patient records. For example, if your receptionist learns that a patient is getting married in six months, you may want to broach the subject of cosmetic dentistry that can give the patient a beautiful smile for the wedding photos.
  6. Interact on social media. Personal interactions are key to building patient relationships, but these days, digital interactions matter, too. Maintaining an active presence for your dental practice on the social media sites where your patients spend time will create bonds and help them feel like you're part of their lives. 
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