Many people struggle to maintain their oral health, as evidenced by the growing number of people with oral conditions.
Tooth loss, for instance, is considered a worldwide epidemic by the World Health Organization. By educating people on oral hygiene, dentists can overcome these problems and grow their practice.
People have deep-seated fears of going to the dentist, which mainly stem from myths and misconceptions. More than 36 million Americans are toothless while an additional 120 million have a gap in their mouth from tooth loss.
These numbers only serve to emphasize the poor state of oral health in the country. Decay and gum disease are the leading causes of teeth loss. As a dentist, this could be an opportunity to grow your practice.
Expand Your Outreach Efforts
A successful outreach program results in a win-win situation for you and your patients. For starters, it lets you address some of the pressing problems that most of your target population grapple with. By linking these problems to poor dental health, you can encourage them to take corrective measures. In most cases, they will turn to you to provide the solutions.
Outreach programs don’t have to cost you a fortune, at least not in the digital age. You can simply create a social media page where you engage the community and spread awareness. To make a bigger impact, you can have a Q&A session with prospective patients to allay their fears.
Offer Convenient Solutions
People with missing or misaligned teeth put off treatment because traditional Orthodontic appliances can be painful and ineffective. Fortunately, many advancements have been made in the field. For those seeking a permanent and effective solution to missing teeth, dental implants are the best choice. Clear aligners or invisible retainers also offer a comfortable and convenient solution for people with misaligned teeth.
By offering these treatments, you can persuade even the most reluctant patient to make their perfect smile permanent. In addition to keeping the teeth straight, retainers boast a host of benefits including correcting speech impediments.
A lot of myths and misconceptions exist about oral health and dentistry. By educating your prospective patients to overcome these negative perception, you can grow your business.