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What do you want from your relationship with your dentist? Oftentimes, this question is answered when there is a dental problem or emergency requiring immediate attention. There is a different approach to your relationship with your dentist that relates to your own needs and the dental plan you have. This approach is designed to help you create the kind of experiences you want with your dentist.
You have a choice about this relationship and how it can support and assist you in your life. It begins with the simple question stated at the beginning of this article: What do you want from your relationship with your dentist? Are you just looking for a doctor who can take your dental plan? Or, do you want more?
The answer to this question can take many forms. For some people it may mean having a lot of information about their dental health and future. They seek facts to know they are making good, informed decisions. Others may want a friendly relationship in which openness and communication are valued.
They want information your dental plan, but more importantly, they want to know they are important to the dentist and the dental team. Some individuals want minimal information and discussion -- just the facts and the solutions to take care of any problem.
We all have different wants in our relationships with health professionals such as dentists. Here are five tips to assist you in deciding what you want in your relationship with your dentist:
Each person looks for different things in their relationships. It is your responsibility to determine what you want and look for that in the relationship with your dentist. The answers to the questions above will tell you something about this.
The next step is communicating what you want so that you are understood. Only you know when someone else understands you. Here are four tips to assist you in this communication process:
Communicating what you want is important to your dentist for it is the best way for him or her to maximize your dental plan for you.
By Brian DesRoches, PhD
Although there is no one "best" dental insurance plan, some plans will be better dental coverage than others for you and your family's dental needs.
Dental plans will primarily differ in how much you have to pay.
Although no plan will pay for all the costs associated with your dental care, some plans will cover more than others.
With any dental insurance plan you will pay a basic premium, usually monthly, to buy the dental coverage.
In addition, there are often other payments you must make. These payments will vary by dental insurance plans but essentially are deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance.
Here's a list of key questions to consider in selecting from a group of dental insurance plans that best meets your coverage needs: