In this, the first blog for 2017, I would like to discuss the question of questioning.

Most people who come to see a dentist (or indeed any other medical professional) come with questions.

Some people I see start asking questions by apologising first: "I'm sorry to be so inquisitive...". Yet others start with "This is a stupid question but...". But if you don't ask you may not find out what you want to know.

Many people use Dr Google to conduct their pre-appointment research. With the wealth of information available online, it’s easy to assume you’ve found the right answer your particular problem. I hope that any search you undertake will prompt you to ask MORE questions and open up a discussion about your specific situation.

At the end of the day, a discussion will only help me, as your dentist, to tailor the right treatment for you.
And this is the heart of the matter: asking questions and being fully informed allows you to take part in developing your treatment plan. Beyond the physical benefits, there’s also the opportunity to prioritise treatment planning to suit your timetable and commitments as well as your finances. Taking ownership of your treatment plan is crucial to a good outcome.

People occasionally respond to a description of treatment with "I don't need to know about it, you're the expert, I trust you, just do the treatment". And that’s okay up to a point – people come to dentists for their expertise.

But whilst you don't need to know the detailed technical side of dentistry, it’s important to understand that as your dentist, I want you to be actively involved in the team working towards the success of your treatment.

So - feel free to ask for information and for clarification. It's a win-win situation.

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