We understand that your dentist probably won’t be your BFF. I mean, that position’s been filled since college–or before! But there are some very good reasons why you should try to pick a dentist you can be friends with, and cultivate a friendly relationship with them.
You’ll Have a Better Dental Experience
If you have to spend an hour or two hanging out with someone, you’ll have a better time if you actually like the person. And if you like your dentist, it will be more comfortable to have them up close–it will feel less like an invasion of your personal space. You’ll relax in the dental chair and not be so tense.
The difference liking your dentist makes cannot be overestimated. If you’ve never had the pleasure, maybe it’s time to consider trying a new dentist to see how it makes you feel.
Dr. White with a patient!
You’ll Be More Open
Being more comfortable with your dentist will make it easier for you to tell them the things they need to know to give you the best results. For example, if you’re considering a smile makeover, it’s an essential part of the process that you tell your dentist what you really want.
It’s also important to talk to your dentist openly about your health. Your dentist needs to know about health conditions and prescriptions that may impact your oral health. Your dentist may also be able to identify when a dental problem (or neuromuscular problem) may be a factor in your health conditions. Holistic dentistry tells us that oral health and overall health are intimately connected. If you’re holding things back, it could lead to less than optimal care.
You’ll Be a Better Listener
Your dentist will listen carefully to your treatment goals, health conditions, and other things you choose to share. But your dentist will also have some important things to tell you. If you think of them just as “your dentist” or “this guy,” you’re more likely to tune out and miss important information.
But if you like your dentist, you’re more likely to pay close attention and take all the information in. This can help you make better decisions about your dental treatment options–and take better care of your oral health.
Your Dentist Will Anticipate Your Needs
If your dentist knows you as a person, and not just what they see in your mouth, they can actually anticipate many of your requests. They know what you want, what you need, and what results matter most to you.
That way, you won’t have to constantly explain the same things over and over again–and you’re more likely to get the results that make you smile.
You’ll Be More Trusting
Some people feel like their dentist is running a racket, just recommending treatments to get more money. If you like your dentist, you’re more likely to have understood when they told you why you would benefit from a particular treatment. And if your dentist is your friend, you’ll know that they have your best interests at heart, that they always put your best interests first.
You’ll Want to Come Back
Making your regular dental appointments is vital to ensuring you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. And you’re more likely to come back for these appointments if it’s not just a chore but an opportunity to spend time with people you like and kind of start to miss after four or five months.
Of course, you’re always welcome to just drop in and say, “Hi!”
An Office Where You’ll Find Many Friends
Nashville, TN dentist Dr. Kent E. White understands the benefits of a friendly relationship with patients, and he actively works to develop a friendly rapport with every patient, many of whom become even closer than that–they’re like family to us.
And every member of our office has a similar attitude toward our patients–everyone will make you feel right at home.
If you are looking for a Nashville, TN dentist that you can be friendly with, we invite you to meet Dr. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry. Please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment.