7 Ways Dentists Can Address Patient Expectations

Patient satisfaction is key for a successful dental practice. There are many varieties of treatments available in dentistry from preventive to restorative to replacement. For each of these treatments and conditions, patient expectations vary from person to person. While addressing patients, dentists needs to keep details of all the patient’s expectations. Some patients are highly demanding and some are happy with average treatment results.

Restoring single decayed tooth is different from doing the full mouth rehabilitation. In daily general dental practice the challenges are many and diverse; often the patient wants one thing corrected. They assume it is just a simple fix, “I just want all my teeth to have the same colour, and beautiful smile.”.

Depending upon the initial situation, the amount of dentistry work required to provide a healthy, beautiful and dazzling smile can vary enormously. Patient’s medical and dental conditions makes treatment plans complicated and may hamper the final outcome.

7 Essential steps while addressing patient treatment

Careful evaluation of patient’s dental and medical condition

This is the main step after understanding the patient’s chief complaint. Careful evaluation of dental and medical conditions helps to formulate and make decisions about available treatment options. Ask patients about any bleeding disorders, previous history of diseases and medications.

Understand patient’s requirements and expectations

This is the key to make the patient happy about the final treatment results. Some patients have a very clear and detailed outcome picture in their mind. Sometimes that may be realistic and sometimes they may be vague.  The purpose of managing patient’s expectations in dental practice is to minimise the discrepancies between expectations and their actual experiences.

Whenever patient’s expectations are high, make him aware about his current situation and available treatment options and challenges while treating him. Unless and until dentists don’t do this, patients will continue to be highly demanding. For example, sometimes  a case of generalised periodontitis comes to the clinic and demands teeth whitening treatment. Likewise, some patients demand implants but there is an occlusal discrepancy or no space in bite. Some complete denture patients harbour expectations to chew nuts with dentures. We need to educate and motivate them to consider the prior procedures and corrections which may be required to reach their goals. Sometimes this may be just too expensive, not only in terms of money but also in terms of time.

No one wants time consuming dentistry, everyone wants instant end results, and we as dentists are often under pressure to provide that quick, inexpensive service without the time to consider all options. By structuring proper protocols and time to consider available options, we can reduce errors and one can easily deliver the smile that fulfills the patient’s expectations.

Use proper diagnostic measures

Diagnostic measures may include IOPA, OPG, CBCT, lab tests, plaster study models, diagnostic wax ups, intra and extra oral photographs etc. This helps to educate the patient about his current situation as well as formulating a treatment plan. Digital smile designing is a recent concept that plays an important role in patient education and treatment formulation.

Educate patients about their treatment plan

Study models and diagnostic wax ups can be used for patient education; this helps patients imagine final outputs and the results of the treatment. Along with this, digital software which can simulate the final results on patients photographs can be really helpful.

This can give an idea to the patient about the final result in their own mouth. Digital photographs helps in diagnosis by placing lines and essential measurements  that can be calibrated. Show patients previously treated cases; carefully teach them before and after treatment results. That gives patient a gross idea about the final outcomes. Patient can be assured about the treatment and the results.

Consent

Consent discussion is an important opportunity to detect unrealistic patient’s expectations. Information about the risks of treatment or complications which may occur should be told and explained to the patient. Ensure patient is actively authorising and not passively agreeing to the treatment plan.

Consent documentation and their storage should be done for medico legal issues. The patient who has accepted all the risks and problems for the treatment decision is less likely to blame us, when the outcome is less inferior to the actual expectations. Many a time patients are taken by surprise by results and hence clinical malpractice claims have arisen.

Treatment

After educating about the treatment plan, definitive treatment should be initiated. Whenever required, give temporary crowns and bridges instead of giving final crowns and bridges, that helps to understand errors and corrections can be done. A good dental lab is important while managing patient’s expectations.

Follow up and feedback

After delivering the wonderful smile, patients should be recalled time to time to monitor the prosthesis and any other dental problem. Don’t forget to take feedback from patients about the treatment experience and about their happiness. That is the only reward for any dentist and also helps to assure other patients by showing it.

Conclusion

Comprehensive treatment planning in dentistry including aesthetic dentistry, implant dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation can be complex. While treating such complex cases – aesthetics, biology and function all need to be considered.

Time spent in this preparation using digital technology and visual communication is a very important factor. Time should be spent for understanding the psychology of how patients will take decisions and how we should communicate with them to guide them in their decision making process and make sure they are fully informed.

How can we manage patient expectations and ensure optimum results? A thorough preparation, visual communication, patient motivation and education is always recommended.

Dentists as Entrepreneurs

Dentists offer the finest dental care, but it’s entrepreneurship that motivates them to make a difference in the world. Practicing dentistry and building a successful business helps expand dentists in diverse areas of their life. Entrepreneurship comes at great financial risk in order to achieve certain goals. Entrepreneurship needs be focus, competitive behaviour and the desire to thrive in challenging situations to excel under pressure. Entre­preneurism is an uncertain endeavour as success is not guaranteed.

Attitude is the hallmark of an entrepreneur. Curiosity, holistic knowledge and deeper understanding allow a business to be nimble and responsive to trends and market needs for greater success.

Establishing new offices requires additional effort to expand the reach of ones dental practice. Entrepreneurs also help and mentor new dentists toward learning newer skills for their career growth.

Personal knowledge and key personal factors before owning a business

  • Your interests and aptitude for a particular subject
  • Sound economic background helps in establishing oneself
  • Good networking skills with dental professionals and in general
  • A desire to keep ahead of the knowledge curve
  • Prompt resolution techniques and problem solving skills
  • Committed and persistent hard work to endure competition
  • Good communication skills with patients, especially with children and elderly

Entrepreneurs requires to build solid foundation by hiring good dental assistants and hygienists for a healthy learning work environment. Entrepreneurs need to improve their business by enrolling in management, business education and professional development programs to increase their efficiency. Dentists need to keep abreast their knowledge with dentistry journals and the latest research books.

Treatment Improvements

Quality of dental practice has improved in the last few years. Only serious cases are now done under insentience followed by prescribed pain relievers. The treatment might start with normality and goes beyond abnormality. Dental procedures vary to treat critical cases in return for healthy smiles.

Although it is better to evaluate multiple options and plan for the future. Aspiring dentists must modify their personality to become successful future entrepreneurs. This could be made possible by believing in themselves. Benevolent mind has to be sharp to take practical approach with risk.

Real Data

Currently, 30,000-35,000 dental graduates pass out every year in India. Meanwhile, available jobs are dwindling. It is not possible to wait for increase in employment but it is feasible to start a business.

The main concern is to motivate the younger generation to become dental entrepreneurs. We hope to direct the budding dentists to start their business while practicing. There is no success without risk, so they have to bear risks.

Entrepreneurs are the leaders in making use of market opportunities by planning and management of resources. Processing the young minds to think ahead and beyond to explore new possibilities. Innovations are the hallmark of entrepreneurship. Recent discoveries help change dental practice on patients.

Dentists need to be innovators and creators in technology for inherent growth and development in dental segment.

Necessary Reactions

Budding dentists who wish to practice under government dental organisations as historical the provide stability. There are minimal risks and a secure future. Every dentist has their own working method; hence stability can be reached only by practicing in multiple environments. Dental graduates must seek such opportunities to pursue their career. Thinking out-of-the-box is the secret for successful entrepreneurship.

Top Career Options after BDS

May 3, 2019
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Introduction

You are done with your 5 years studying dentistry. What lies ahead? What are your options?

DR examines your career options post BDS within India and abroad.

General Dentist

Most graduates often work as a dental associate for few months under an experienced private practitioner or in a clinical set-up.  Most make it an inevitable choice after their graduation.

During this period, salary would be nil, nominal or non existent. BDS freshers must realise that if you undertake an observership or an internship in a good clinic, this helps you to see and learn live procedures as well as experience the day to day challenges of running a business which will be boon for your career.

You can start a clinic of your own after 2-3 years of clinical experience in this atmosphere; setting up your clinic with the help and support of your family members, business partners or spouse. Their presence in dentistry may guide you through the trials and tribulations of a private practitioner.

General Dentistry courses you can pursue
  • Short Term/Long Term General Dentistry Courses
  • Rotary Endodontics Courses
  • Fellowship in General Dentistry (Saveetha University, Chennai)
  • Mini-Residency in General Dentistry (IDA ETC, Mumbai)
Staff in Dental College

Another option is joining a reputed dental college as a tutor or a lecturer. BDS graduates can become lecturers, but the pay will not be enough to get by. Choose this option only if academics inspire you.

To be a senior lecturer you have to be an MDS graduate. Salary for senior lecturer varies depending on the college management; this is a magnificient option with a good career path too.

MDS

You have to undergo three years of Postgraduate Studies to be a specialist. Specialisation options are available in several branches with booming career prospects.

It is recommended to go for clinical subjects like Endodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics or Periodontics.

Non-clinical MDS subjects have less scope and prospects; they may impress your relatives and family members, but not your potential employers.

Jobs in the Defence Sector

BDS graduates can also choose Indian Armed Forces – Army, Navy or Air Force; Dental Corps and Short Service Commissioned Officers. A life of various perks and privileges, accompanied with a good salary and the pride of donning the military uniform awaits the ones keenly interested.

International Degrees

Looking for something bigger than MDS?

Degrees from international universities are well accepted in India. If budget isn’t a constraint, you can enrol for any of the following programmes.

DDS
  • MSc in Aesthetic/Restorative/Cosmetic Dentistry | Link1 | Link2
  • MClinDent Prosthodontics/Endodontics | Link1 | Link2 | Link3
  • MClinDent Oral Surgery/Endodontics/Implantology, BPP University, UK
  • MSc in Endodontics
  • MSc in Laser Dentistry, University of Vienna | Link
  • MSc in Implantology, Goethe University, Germany | Link
  • MSc in Laser Dentistry, University of Genoa | Link
  • Fellowship in Implantology, Royal College of Surgeons, UK | Link
  • International Fellowship in Aesthetic Dentistry, New York University | Link
  • Mastership in Implantology/Laser Dentistry | Link
  • MSc in Clinical Dentistry, University of Birmingham/Manchester | Link
  • MPH – Master of Public Health, UK/Canada Universities | Link
Indian Fellowships/Masterships

Nowadays, several Indian Universities/Dental Organizations are conducting Fellowships/Masterships regularly in India. Some of the most popular ones are:

Fellowship In Implantology
  • Mastership in Implantology (DACE) | Link
  • Fellowship in Aesthetic Dentistry (RGUHS University) | Link
  • Fellowship in Rotary Endodontics, DY Patil University | Link
  • Fellowship in Facial Esthetics, Aesthetic Institute of India | Link
  • Mastership in Facial Esthetics, Celebrity Dentistry India | Link
  • Fellowship in Smile Designing | Link
Post Graduate Diploma

PG Diploma in Endodontics/Orthodontics, RGUHS University, Karnataka; MUHS, Maharashtra.

Duration: 2 Years

Hospital Management

Masters in Hospital Administration is the latest demanding trend among dentists. These degrees can help you get into the hospital management arena.

Degrees you can opt for
  • MBA in Hospital Administration
  • MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Masters in Public Health ( MPH )
Pros
  • Salaries are excellent
  • Profits for entering management sector
  • Maximum non-clinical jobs for non conventional dentistry practitioners
Cons
  • End of clinical practice life
  • Administrative jobs are new for dentists
  • Hectic work schedule
  • No job security
  • Less employers
Opportunities Abroad

After 2-3 years of gaining experience as a General Dentist, one can apply abroad. It is mandatory for candidates to fulfil the eligibility criteria and clear respective country’s Dental Board or Ministry of Health examinations of the concerned state before one gets the license to practice as a dentist.

Countries you can opt for
  • UAE
  • CANADA
  • UK
  • AUSTRALIA

Negotiation Tips for New Dentists

Dentistry does not have the luxury of spending an entire Saturday talking about treatment alternatives with one patient. Some strategic ideas would help in the negotiation between dentists and patients. In today’s world, many online links are available for patients, negotiating their amount on dental bills. Dentists must discuss their secrets of negotiation.

  • Use emotions while negotiating

Help patients understand your concerns with their ailment process by presenting your own emotions. When a patient refuses an important treatment, express concern for their health and well-being to help them understand the requirement of the treatment.

Have you ever faced difficulty in negotiating with your patients at an emotional level? Please share your way of negotiation with your patients, so that other dentists learn from your experience in our comment section below.

  • Must have clarification before gathering information

This strategy is very different from other dental teachings. Studying your patient’s radiographs and previous notes are crucial for undergoing any treatment. Find out answers to their dental issues before their first appointment. Use this information along with your preventive solutions to compromise.

How can you make the information more effective for your patients’ treatment? You should have a clarity about your patients’ history for offering them with best possible treatment.

  • Conflict should be healthy

If you ever disagree with your patient’s principles, it is important to express this with your patient rather than compromising. Most of the result oriented approach will be based on evidence-based dentistry. If patient disagrees, it’s always important to stick to your beliefs based on evidence-based dentistry and resolve conflict based on facts.

You must have met with some patients, where conflict of opinions have occurred. Share some experiences to help other dentists’ fellow in our comment section below.

  • Remember that loss is a tolerable risk

If your patient denies compromising, it’s always nice to help your patient find a better place suited for their procedure. Negotiations should be ethical with the right tools. It’s necessary to treat your patient with a proper standardisation. Have you ever helped your patient with a better place for their treatment?

Helping your patient is a noble cause.
If you are unable to provide them with best treatment, suggest the best dentist or clinic.

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7 Benefits of getting featured in Dental Magazines

DentalReach Dental Magazines and other Dental Journal Comparison with the number of dentists in the world

 

Writing? That too an article, for Dental Magazines?

Meh! I don’t even write the content for my Dental Practise website (that my service provider is asking for)

Sounds familiar?

Are you the one who says such things when asked about writing content for your website or for dental magazines? If YES is your answer, please read along.

So, one of the amazing benefits of getting yourself featured in Dental Magazines is it helps you to show the world, What EXTRA you are doing at your workplace.

Enhances your identity as a practitioner and also makes helps boost your clientele in a longer run.

Here’s the reason why we as dentists, find it difficult to create content for Dental Magazines and even our Dental Practice Website:

1. Not consuming enough content

Researching while writing for a Dental Blog is important. This eliminates all the possibilities of wrong information being served to the readers.

If you are not consuming a lot of content, you won’t be able to find that inspiration to create content.

Furthermore, it also decreases your ability to work on creative ideas regarding the content on your website and the content strategy.

 

2. The human psyche

As human beings, we find it very easy when we are asked to communicate via speech. According to one study, we are scared to do something that leaves a permanent impact on something, at first. Such as creative writing.

We often need a push.

 

3. The art of writing and the skillset

Some of us think that we aren’t hardwired for writing and drafting articles for magazines and blog posts. And that is true, but it is not something that you can’t learn in the due course of time.

Writing for a magazine or a blog is a written form of the same content that you often speak DAILY.

Though, one must follow the usual rules about language such as grammar and other intricacies.

 

4. Platform

I meet a lot of people, and whenever I ask them to share their views about this whole publishing issue, this one seems to be their topmost concern.

THE PLATFORM?

What’s that ideal platform for dentists, where they can get their views? And that too, without dealing with a lot of hassle?

Well, there are many. A lot of publishing houses are eagerly looking for content. The real problem is, there isn’t enough GOOD QUALITY content for Dental Magazines, yet.

DentalReach is amongst one of the best Dental Magazines platform out there. We’re here for quite some time and we are here to stay.

Now that we are aware of some of the most common excuses, here is something to boost your morale.

 

Why Dentists must get their content featured in Dental Magazines?

Before that,

Did you know that there are over 93 Dental Journals and 197 Dental Magazines as of 2019?

DentalReach analysis on journals vs magazines in dentistry

So, why should you, “The Dentist of the Modern Age”, get yourself featured in DentalReach Magazine?

1. Exposure | Recognition

Writing and getting your articles published in Dental Journals often helps you to gain popularity and along with that it exposes you to newer paradigms.

Dentists are known for their game-changing excellence. Whether it is smile designing or implant surgeries, there is a lot to share with the community.

You can share your well-documented cases, in dental magazine and journals.

This will not only help expose you among a lot of youngsters but also, people will start looking up to you.

 

2. Self/Dental Office promotions – and getting more clients

Tell a Story, a story about your journey, about;

How you started, What’s your work regime, How you and your team takes care of your patients.

You see, if there is a STORY, there’ll be EYES reading it.

 

3. Helps you to remember, understand and gain a different perspective

Writing is an art, no doubt about it. But once you start writing for Dental Magazines, sooner or later you are going to realize that this is adventurous.

You see, there is no direct reward, but the feeling and inner joy of publishing your article or story can’t be explained in words.

 

4. Helps improve your CV

Publishing a scientific paper, not only helps you get an extra entry in your CV but also it empowers you academically.

You end up learning more. And this is where the real growth lies.

 

5. Meeting like-minded people

Meeting the like-minded people, when you really go out there helps you to build rapport.

As a social animal, we often feel the need to connect with like-minded people, to learn from each other. One greater advantage being in such company is you’re now a part of a group. The ramifications of a collective effort(s) of YOUR GROUP are endless in the field of Dentistry in 2019.

 

6. Opens a lot of Gateways

All of this, opens up a lot of opportunities for the Dentist so that they can do a lot better for the humankind.

Publishing your work in a Journal or Magazine, just opens a lot of Gateways.

Once you put yourself out there, it’ll be easier for you to get your work published in other Journals and Magazines too.

Ripple effect.

 

7. Greater Good – By contributing to Dental Magazines

Think of a world beyond you, beyond your ego. Share what you know, with the world out there, HELP them.

Sure, there will be no IMMEDIATE benefits but you are going to have some long term benefits.

Publishing your work in Dental Journals and Dental Magazines seems fun, for sure. But in actuality, it gets a little difficult. Because writing is just one bit of publishing.

Don’t worry nowadays almost all the publishing houses, even we at DentalReach have a fleet of editors, designers, and media experts to make sure that your work is presented well.

What is Medico-Dental Symbiosis?

Cooperation not competition

The past two decades have seen increased development in the field of medicine. With venturing years and at the end of the second decade, medical profession today stands as one of the most significant, respectful and promising professions with the hopes of common citizens at its epicentre. As a common man, the belief in longevity is more based on faith.

A doctor is a defined personality who is deemed successful when the patients put their faith in his profession and hence every white apron wearer stands as a brother in the profession as often the white apron often becomes the unified symbol for trust. In the dilematic world of medical profession, one of the debatable issues is sharing of the reputation. There has always been a fight or confusion among the practitioners about who is more reputed within the profession.

There has been a competition among the various branches of the profession to establish their authority over the faith and proclaim themselves as king of the profession. The rift has been severe between the degrees of MBBS, BDS and BPT these are the branches of the health care related to medical, dental and physiotherapist.

The other branches like AYUSH, Ayurvedic, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy also give a tough fight in this competition but judgement is made based on the severity of cases in the respective fields, for example, where ⁷the medical professionals deal with more life-threatening cases like cardiac surgeries and internal organ haemorrhages, the dental surgeons deal with lesser complications based on the cases. The dental speciality includes craniofacial trauma which is equally important and life threatening.

The medical profession is a vast profession which deal with various branches of medicine such as pathologies, surgeries cardiovascular trauma, gastro-intestinal disorders, respiratory syndromes, immunodeficiency diseases, labour and maternal health, neurosurgical complications, etc., hence the risk of  losing the patient permanently is more in the ratio aspect.

This field not only demands immense knowledge but also demands a sharp polishing of the skills to be practised. Severe complications during birth or surgeries may demand sudden intensive care for the patient and equally the chance of medical negligence also increases with increased responsibility. Medical professionals always update themselves with basic life support modules and emergency drugs expecting a medical complication or emergency anytime in the office.

Medical branches have not only taken care of healthcare as a whole but also act as a security guard towards its fraternity branches of healthcare. The support to medical professional is given by the branch of nursing which trains nurses and assistants to be the right hand of a practitioner.

Nursing not only acts as the right hand of the practitioner but also acts as the conduit between the medical and dental practitioners. A dental practitioner is equally trained as a medical professional excluding certain departments and culture. A dental practitioner not only limits himself to the matter concerning teeth but with advanced dentistry; a dental practitioner also trains himself in basic life support and head and neck surgeries, standing in the same operation theatre as a general surgeon.

With advancing dentistry both responsibility and risk factors increase for the practitioner. Knowledge about management of medical emergencies is necessary if precipitated on the dental chair. The knowledge of the complete human body does give access to the dentists to equally behave as a medical professional but the reason behind dentist being regarded as less important by society is that presents itself as a very safe practice.

Even though the medical and dental emergencies exist, a precaution is always the first line of treatment for such patients. Dentistry as a profession is a controlled healthcare profession, but it would not be wrong to say that it is one of the super specialities of medical profession involving the complications and pathologies arising specifically in the head and neck region. The importance of such practise is not vital because of a parallel healthcare branch of medical science, which is called or termed as ENT specialist takes care of any complication in medical atmosphere and the dentist is allowed to operate a safe practice.

Here is where medical and dental symbiosis occurs, our brothers in medicine not only provide us with important and updated information but also help in managing the complications arising from the practice of dentistry. The medico-dentico symbiosis is important because it establishes a professional harmony in society and helps patients to gain confidence in healthcare. Both branches aid each other technically and help in prospering of their respective professions. Apart from this medico-dentico symbiosis also helps in conducting surveys, counselling patients and eradicating diseases to promote general public health.

They come together as a motivator and establish a strong connection in spreading awareness. The advanced and upcoming branch of forensic odontology in dentistry is a fraternity of the medical branch of forensic science, specialised to deal only in terms of teeth and this branch has helped forensic experts of medical backgrounds to establish age, gender and finding the cause of the crime or disaster; a forensic odontologist always becomes a part of forensic team when it comes to disaster management protocols and investigations.

Other branches of healthcare like physiotherapists and AYUSH act as an alternative to allopathic medicine. In the end, it is the motto of the healthcare industry to maintain clean, hygienic and disease-free environments in society. The achievement of this goal is done by various approved medicines of healthcare researches.

The symbiosis of all these groups is important in society to fight advancing diseases. It cannot be ignored that the basic need to improve healthcare arises due to the dependency and adaptation of the diseases in the pathological world. The collective effort and work of all the professions help in exploring a disease and stress-free environment, preserving the professional harmony among all the branches of health and also help in updating, managing and spreading awareness in public health and preserving the principles of health education.

In the healthcare industry there should never be an ‘I’ but as a team, it should always be a ‘me’. The advantage of the symbiosis is there is increased confidence in the patient along with the awareness of various dental anomalies arising through or not via medical conditions. This symbiosis also helps in the designing of treatment plan for all the pathologies which may arise from a collective iatrogenic or non-iatrogenic effort of healthcare as a whole.

Scarce Government Funding In Dental Research In India

Mar 26, 2019
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The art and science of research has always been a see-saw affair as far as its progress is taken into consideration, especially in South East Asian countries, including India. The lack of expertise is not the only factor to be emphasised and stressed upon which has deciphered funding issues, but if we have a glance at the “Compendium of ICMR research papers (1919-2010) – A consolidation”, we can get a clear insight of the scenario.

As per the Compendium, it was heart pounding to find that research in the dental fraternity has not been given enough priority at all which is flashed from the paucity of ICMR published research works in dentistry

Surprisingly, one-third of dental schools in the world are in India, but our contribution to dental research is not even 1%. There have been numerous proposals and letters written in this regard to the Dental Council of India (DCI) as well as various universities running dental colleges in Indian states.

Uplifting the standard of dental research including several research activities in the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Ph.D.; but unfortunately, the idea couldn’t be transformed from moth eaten pages to the practical world. The concerned authorities need to take initiative towards development of infrastructure for dental research, so that, India could catch up with the global standards of oral health & research.

Biggest lack of expertise can be exemplified by the fact that various journals are publishing exclusively for research work, short studies and evidence-based literature, fail to categorise Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses under the criterion of original research! One should understand that meta-analysis in the pyramid of various research methodologies lies at the top because it works on the principle of Randomised Control Trials (RCT) based studies, and these RCT are the best-acclaimed research methodologies existing in the field of literature.

Based on numerous studies that have been carried out so far in the regard to evaluate and assess the various obstacles and hindrances towards scarce funding in dental research, these reasons can be categorized as Financial and Training support related barriers and general barriers.

In order to outline the Financial and training support related barriers, basic clip arts include:

  • Lack of fund/grant seeking proforma
  • Refusal of various universities or individual colleges to grant funding aids to interested students and budding researchers.
  • Unable to publish the research work done
  • Lack of skills in critical analysis and methodology/conduct a study scientifically.
  • Articles lacking quality to be accepted in international or pubmed indexed journals

Similarly, the time-related barriers can be summarized as:

  • After time spent with clinical work, teaching and administration (for academic staffs) or clinical work and studies (for MDS & PhD students), there is no time left in work schedule to do research ideally.
  • Research works to be conducted should be directly proportional to interest and inversely proportional to time constraints.
  • Dental colleges should spare the staffs involved in research separately senior or junior scientists and research scholars
  • Compensating personal lives and hours due to constraints from research areas and modalities.

However, the section of General Barriers towards scarce funding in dental research includes:

  • Publishing results of research in academic journals is not important according to many researchers
  • The quality of scientific work and research is good, but it’s not accepted in International Journals; editors and editorial boards are unfair to Indian authors.
  • Working on unfair modifications and manipulations to avoid leading up with negative results.
  • Promoting research is not important to the maintenance of dentistry according to professors in India.

Enlisting the above problems, hindrances, obstacles leading to scarce funding for dental research in India has always been challenging for the growth of research fraternity in our country and finding a solution to it is still a question mark to the new horizon!

Esthetic-Multiple Diastema

Mar 21, 2019
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Multiple diastemas could be attributed to

  • Missing teeth
  • Periodontal condition
  • Unstable occlusion
  • Patient habits in turn exert excessive force on teeth

This one hour session addresses the treatment execution for a case of multiple anterior diastemas due to missing laterals by direct resin restorations. Use of illusion to manage such cases are explained in detail.

“Eduhub is the place where you get proven expertise to hone your skills, under the mentorship of the best dental professionals of India. Come, be a part of today’s leading dental community.”

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World Oral Health Day 2019

Across the globe World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year to promote awareness about good oral health. In order to maintain good oral health world oral health day is one such special day celebrated globally so that people can take care of the health of mouth and teeth from children to adults.

Every year FDI World Dental Federation organises the day to raise awareness and run a year-long campaign about the issues of oral health and dental hygiene importance, so that health associations, public and governments altogether work to achieve healthier and happy lives.

History

FDI World Dental Federation first declared in 2007, World Oral Health Day is celebrated on 20th March every year, but officially celebrated in 2013 a year-long campaign for prevention of oral diseases and also raised awareness of oral health. A specific theme is featured since from 2013, a celebration of that particular day takes place.

Why World Oral Health Day is important!

World Oral Health Day offers the oral health community a platform to perform an action since 90% of the human population suffers from oral health-related issues. So, that it helps reduce the burden of overall disease and many can be avoided by wide range of health education, government agencies and support of social through funding for diagnosis, prevention and treatment programmes.

World Oral Health Day 2019 theme

Each year has its own theme and is used as a platform to create awareness among people about maintaining oral hygiene and dental health. The theme of World Oral Health Day 2019 “Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health”, is a campaign call for good oral health, a concrete action. The Ahh phrase is commonly used by doctors and dentist during a routine check-up. FDI with this campaign calls on every individual to protect oral health a tangible action. The World Oral Health Day campaign provides a platform by leveraging coordinated efforts on various aspects to raise awareness.

Around the globe millions of people suffering from the oral disease which demands action on an individual, family community level. FDI is targeting and confident about action to take a serious toll on individual overall health and well being by curbing the prevalence of oral disease and also to make oral health a highest individual priority among everyone.

Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health individually encourages and motivates by taking specific action to take the change of their own oral health by protecting their well being.  This campaign also aims and will position for protecting oral health, a key stakeholder in educating patients are oral health professionals on wider implications. In order to address oral disease, helping them recognise early detection and treatment is very important for best outcome since preventive care is always the best option. Integration through their campaign is aimed at policy makers for better oral health to secure commitments through policies to address various oral disease and also associated health complications.

Optimal oral health for all and commitment to ‘Act on Mouth Health’ World Oral Health Day supports stakeholders across the board to contribute together for results.

Ideas and activities to celebrate the World Oral Health Day

Emphasis on the importance of better oral health in our lives dentists, doctors and various other experts around the world are focusing to create awareness through spreading information about oral health among the public. In order to celebrate World Oral Health Day general public, dentists, doctors and students work with some ideas and activities.

Public seminars and workshops

College students organise public seminars about the importance of good oral health and also visit residential areas in their locality about the benefits of oral health education. Colleges or medical institutes can organise posters or banners about maintaining oral health, how to do it and showcase them in offices, public spaces, schools and colleges. Institutions can make content about the same topic and give prizes for best poster or banner.

Brushing techniques demonstrated

In order to demonstrate to children and families how to brush teeth and maintain oral health better by inviting staff from a local dental clinic.

Fun activities for kids

Fun activities like making clay stands for the toothbrushes, enacting a song, reciting tooth brushing songs, skits or drama of teeth to reveal the importance of brushing, etc. Schools could assemble students to educate them on the importance of brushing their teeth and maintaining good oral health.

Slogan and speech competitions

Schools and colleges may organise competitions through slogan and speech competition to spread the message of the importance of good oral health in a wide range.

 

Experiencing the White Coat

Compassion of the White Coat

The word is simple but the experience is difficult to understand. Wearing a white coat is privilege for medical professionals. It is a provision of keeping surroundings safe and secure. The White Coat is an award for itself; it beholds the nature of work. When wearing The White Coat, the experience is beyond one’s imagination. The White Coat provides a designation to perform for the wellness of people; also becomes hard to ignore when living every moment in The White Coat.

The White Coat represents a great amount of knowledge, status and sense of comfort for medical practitioners. There are multiple reasons to wear the coat with pride. Doctors wearing the white coat may be of senior consultants, surgeons, physicists and pathologists; they preserve the same culture of treating ill or infirm patients.

The White Coat augments the pride in the profession by representing simplicity of the world and helping people in need. Patients rely more on doctors to wear the white coat, and it means a lot for them. Though, the quality of experience has come after several years of mutilating self into various forms of knowledge and practice.

Every doctor plays an important role in a patient’s life, irrespective of their cultural and economic backgrounds.

Why patients prefer The White Coat?

According to studies, the attire of doctors influences patients to confidently open up with their problems.

It is difficult to wear the coat all around the day, and juggling between the ramifications of caring, treating life with only a single intention and purpose. Wearing the same outfit in a practice zone full of infections is dangerous to patients and to self. For these reasons, some of the doctors prefer not to wear the coat; or wear it only during the first half of the day.

Why is The White Coat so meaningful? Because you have worked hard for your credentials; you have earned the right to wear The White Coat proudly. With a distinguished name on a broach on the first pocket, a doctor will certainly be more dignified. These little differences in The White Coat create a big significance in the minds of the patients and well-wishers. Any patient would wait to address the doctor with genuine respect to communicate their queries.

Confidence and Proficiency

The lab coat not only puts together the medical profession but also provides confidence. Patients value the opinion of a doctor rather than a random person. It also projects professionalism and aptitude, all while giving you an easy outfit choice every morning. Though there is a different form of lab coats, mainly suited to the new nature of attire.

The view of patients of doctors is beyond imagination. Every patient feels differently with doctors depending on their gender, male and female lab coats are designed to provide a sense of professionalism fitting the structure of one’s body though both provide the same responsibility and nature of work.

In the same way, patients interact differently with doctors with dark hair or grey hair. Wearing a White Coat changes the perspective of the patients seeking the notice and support of a doctor. In case of an emergency, every doctor prefers the same form of treatment irrespective of the gender or age.

For the record, a doctor working an average of 59.6 hours/week, can no longer differentiate with wearing a coat but gives satisfaction of attaining stability on the practice by the age of 30. The doctor-patient relationship built by the form of a doctor’s attire with The White Coat forms a major connection with healthcare and the practice of medicine. Therefore, the relationship can form on one of the foundations of the contemporary roles of a doctor; to help, support, protect and treat ones with ailments.

A doctor’s point of view

Medical practices handle a lot of sensitive patient information every day. The patient also trusts the practice of a doctor with their lives. This plays the hard role to keep The White Coat by saving lives by any means possible. With the Hippocratic Oath to The White Coat, a doctor is responsible to help any type of patient, irrespective of their nature of work, or a law-breaker, offender or felon of any kind. Similarly, that person will also respect The White Coat on the doctor and open up to medicines; a doctor uses for the treatments. For a respectful job, a respectful uniform is necessary.

In many cases, patient’s preferences are primarily shaped by cultural norms. The culture of medicine has been the same for many years; these little events make it very powerful and hard to break like the code of wearing The White Coat.

The White Coat is remarkably great in the eyes of many; but in the coming years, the pattern of practice will change. Along with it the form and attires will also no longer be relatable to only saving someone from danger. Wearing The White Coat is the closest thing to wear the certificate of the hardship of becoming a doctor. With a lack of management, time and safety, the feelings become more logical. The White Coat comes with a load of responsibility.

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