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Dawson Quick Tip: Has That Started Hurting YET?

Communicating to patients their issues and the ramifications of not treating those issues is essential not only to treatment acceptance, but to practicing ethical dentistry.

Below you'll find a Quick Tip on how to begin the conversation with a patient of record about an issue found.


Transcript below...

Here's something I've learned to do at a hygiene visit when the patient is told by the hygienist that this tooth is having a problem.  The hygienist has told me it looks like it needs a crown, but she is waiting for me to make that decision. I will come in and I'll look at that tooth and a word I use a lot is the word "yet". So remember the word "yet."

So how I use it is, I look at that tooth and I'll look at the patient and say, "Has that started to hurt yet?" It's a whole different mindset than if you ask, "Does that hurt?" 

So, "Is that starting to bother you yet?" "Is that hurting yet? Because we sure don't want to wait till it hurts because then it might need a root canal." So that word "yet" is very powerful in my opinion.

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Glenn DuPont, D.D.S. graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1979, and joined the practice of Dr. Peter Dawson and Dr. Reuben “Pete” Roach in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since then he has been learning, practicing and teaching concepts of restorative dentistry. Dr. DuPont is a past president of the Pinellas County Dental Association and American Academy or Restorative Dentistry. In addition, he is a senior faculty member of The Dawson Academy and an Affiliated Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry. He is a member of the the American Equilibration Society and is involved with many other study groups and professional organizations. Dr. DuPont has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.