Chew It Over: What’s Essential About Dental Health?

What is the most important thing readers should know about oral care?

People don’t realize the importance of routine oral exams as it relates to their overall health.  Research shows that more than 90 percent of systemic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, have oral manifestations.  Dentists supported by Dental Support Organizations (DSO’s) have access to world-class continuing education and cutting edge technology.

What is the most common misconception about oral health?

The physician community realized a long time ago that they would have a lot more time to focus on patients if someone else was supporting their administrative functions.  Solo dentists spend an average of 20 percent of their time doing non-clinical business activities like billing, which is why there is a major shift toward having Dental Support Organizations (DSO’s) carry out these functions.

How does oral health impact overall wellness?

In addition to keeping their patients disease-free and pain free, modern dentistry has made incredible advances in cosmetic dentistry, implant placements and braces-free orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign.  All these advances have provided a powerful boost to both comfort and improved self-esteem.  Today’s dentistry is much different than just a few decades ago.   

What new technology in oral health are you most excited about?

Most dental offices now use digital x-ray machines.  CT scanners are gaining usage as are scanners to eliminate goopy impressions for crowns, etc.  Of course, this technology comes at a price (literally) which is another reason why dentists choose the support of a Dental Support Organization (DSO) as we can negotiate better pricing from vendors.

Rick Workman, D.D.S., Immediate Past President, Association of Dental Support Organizations