What’s Your Excuse?

It is difficult to understand the resistance by dental professionals to test for the bacteria that cause gum disease. The excuses are numerous including, “I’ve always done it this way”. A variation on this notion is “We were always taught”. Other excuses shift the decision to the patients. “My patients won’t accept it”. Equally unsupported excuses include “We’re already getting good results”, or “I don’t need that”, or “What difference will it make?” Claims of insufficient time are very common excuses, such as, “We already have too much to do”, or “We don’t have enough time”. And even more insidiously, the blame is placed on others including, “None of my colleagues are doing it”, or “If insurance doesn’t cover it my patients won’t have it done”, or “It costs too much for my patients”. And even more base is the claim that “My staff won’t do it”, or “It’s too much trouble”, or “My hygienist won’t do it”, or “The doctor won’t do it”, or, or, or, or, or.

Set aside these excuses, which distance you from the responsibility of providing the best care. Look at the reasoning. Knowing the cause of disease, identifying the cause and acting on the combination of new information and experience is optimal. What the office is presently doing is not good enough. Certainly not for our patients.

We hope you enjoyed this holiday throwback, originally post 10/26/2016.  If you have questions about how to incorporate salivary testing into your practice, or would like to learn more about becoming an OralDNA Provider: Text “OralDNA” to 31996.

Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS

Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS

Dr. Richard Nagelberg has been practicing general dentistry in suburban Philadelphia for 34 years. He has international practice experience, having provided dental services in Thailand, Cambodia, and Canada. He is an advisory board member, speaker, key opinion leader and clinical consultant for several dental companies and organizations. Richard has a monthly column in Dental Economics magazine, “GP Perio-The Oral-Systemic Connection”. He is a recipient of Dentistry Today’s Top Clinicians in CE, 2009-2016. A respected member of the dental community, Richard lectures internationally on a variety of topics centered on understanding the impact dental professionals have beyond the oral cavity.
Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS

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One thought on “What’s Your Excuse?

  1. You are absolutely correct. Yet after over 40 years of trying to get our colleagues to test I still cannot fathom why they are not testing.

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