Cars, Teeth and The Tooth Fairy

I don’t know a lot about cars and even what I did know years ago, has been supplanted by computers and technical enhancements.   Cars are just way more complex than they used to be.   The only thing I can really do is change a tire and I try not to do that either.   And, I’m dependent on my car.   In a way, I hate being dependent on something I don’t fully understand and can’t fix when it breaks.  So, I’m really careful about maintaining it so it doesn’t break.

In this regard, I’m just like any one of my patients.   I’m just like you.   You need your mouth and when something’s not right you probably don’t know how to fix it.  You have to rely on me (or your dentist) as I have to rely on my car mechanic.

Plus, because we now know just how important your mouth’s health is to your overall health, fixing it and keeping it in tip-top shape is more important than ever.

And…some dental problems are sneaky so you may not even know you have a problem until it’s too late.  I’ll talk about this another time.

I appreciate that ‘helpless’ feeling and empathize with my patients.   It’s one of the reasons I love showing them video pictures of their mouths.   It enables them to really see what I’m talking about.  I can’t imagine not using this technology to help my patients.

Would you go to a mechanic who doesn’t know how to use a computer when your car runs on one?

You certainly can’t call or rely on the Tooth Fairy!  If you do, or think you can…your problems lie a little north of your mouth.

What can you do?

  • Find a dentist you trust.
  • Educate yourself so you don’t get taken advantage of.
  • Prevention, prevention, prevention.

And finally…READ THE BOOK.

And…Ask me questions.   I’m happy to help, if I can.

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