Why is periodontal disease a major oral health problem? The answer lies equally in your hands as it does with patients. One of your priorities as a dental professional is how you compel your patients to accept and comply with the best periodontal treatment you have to offer. This depends on your ability to diagnose, treat, educate and sell. And it’s not just about you and your patients. Dr. Jordan Beyea of Creative Smiles in Gilbert said its key to “make sure you and your staff are on board with an effective, well-managed diagnosis and treatment protocol.” Here’s how:
Periodontal Treatment and Diagnosis Protocol: Define, Train, Execute, Repeat
According to DentistryIQ, hygienists are likely to report that “our periodontal program is non-existent.” If this is the case for you, or if your periodontal program isn’t as effective as you need it to be:
1. Are you defining a diagnosis and treatment protocol with accurate and engaging verbal selling points and striking visual aids?
2. Are you holding yourself and your staff accountable for #1—and if so, how?
3. Are your hygienists diagnosing AND billing for periodontal disease treatment honestly?
4. Are you focused not only on managing and repairing periodontal disease, but also on regenerating tissue?
While creating an effective periodontal diagnosis and treatment protocol is challenging, remember that you’re not alone. We can equip you with the tools you need to make successful treatment acceptance programs. Ask your staff and yourself the questions above consistently, too. What challenges do you face when diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and how are you overcoming them? Let us know in the comments.
This post is a featured article from Dr. Jordan Beyea at Creative Smiles Family & Cosmetic dentistry located in Gilbert Arizona.