Common Reasons People Give for Not Seeing Us Every Six Months
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
We tend to follow recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA) because they update their recommendations as new studies are released.
For example, it used to recommend that patients visit us annually, but as technology advanced, we were able to find problems at an earlier stage than we could with the older technology. For that reason, the ADA now recommends semi-annual visits. In the long run, this saves you money because we can correct problems less expensively since we could detect them earlier.
Until further research was done, we also recommended brushing three times per day, not having to use a soft-bristled brush and other practices that research demonstrated the need for a policy change. That is why we recommend that our patients come every six months for their checkups. Many of our patients still come once per year for a variety of reasons.
Why Don't Patients Come When They Should?
The top reason that our patients give for not coming to see us every six months is that they do not have the time. Between work, after school activities, homework and simply caring for a home there is little time left for the dentist. When we hear this, we remind our patients that we are a family dentist office and the whole family comes here.
We offer to block off some time so that each member of the family can come on the same day. That helps our patients because they only have one day to take off from work and they can do it when all the children have a day off from school.
Another reason our patients give is the cost of the appointment. They can afford to come once a year, but not twice. The answer to this reason is that coming twice per year gives us the ability to detect problems earlier. This, in turn, means that we can correct the problem less expensively. It is most certainly cheaper than the cost of a routine exam.
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