The dental health industry is changing, and people need to take notice. For example, while the Affordable Care Act will offer dental coverage to children, it will not offer coverage to adults, so people who have been paying a great deal for family dental insurance may want to look into individual discount dental plans instead. The ACA isn't the only change coming to the dental industry, either - advancements in technology are also bringing new concepts into the dentist's office.
Recently, the Epoch Times published an article explaining that more dentists are adopting intra-oral cameras, which will be able to show their patents the insides of their mouths while the dentist is treating them. These cameras will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of how to care for the mouth.
Helping patients learn
One of the biggest problems surrounding the dental industry is that patients often can't see the problems that are developing inside their mouths, and therefore do not know that they need to do a better job brushing and flossing. These cameras aim to eliminate that problem.
The news source visited one dental office in Midtown, Manhattan, and spoke to dentists about what they hope these cameras will accomplish.
"It leaves no question," Julie Hassid, D.D.S., told the Epoch Times. "Seeing a photograph makes it easier for the patient to understand what I'm telling them, and easier for me to explain. It's an invaluable piece of technology. Especially new patients who haven't had a cleaning in a while - we show them before and after photos of their cleaning. Once you see the plaque, you want to keep your mouth clean."
The dentists sit with their patients after each treatment and go over what every spot in the pictures indicates, as well as what they can do to avoid seeing the same problems the next time they come in for a cleaning.
There have been other advancements made in dental technology as well, many of which are designed to encourage people to visit the dentist more regularly. For example, Dental Fear Central states that there have been many technologies that have been developed to help reduce the pain of dental procedures, which is a common compliant of many people. There is the dental button - which allows patients to be in control of the dentist's drill and stop it when the pain becomes too much - and dental lasers, the less painful alternative to drills.
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