Many patients have a tendency of visiting their health care provider to ask for advice and recommendation that they fail to follow ad literam. Strangely, people are more likely to carefully follow their dentist’s advice than they are to follow their GP’s advice. Patients return for check-ups, follow medication rules and hygiene rules, and even comply with lifestyle indications to a greater degree provided that these recommendations come from their dentist.
Recent studies have shown that a large number of population tends to have great trust in their dentist; apparently, the amount of trust they place in their dental care provider often exceeds the trust they have in their family GP! There are patients who value their relationship with their dentist and trust his or her advice to an even greater degree than in their doctor.
This may be happening due to the fact that the effects of the treatments carried out by dentists are, more often than not, more visible than those of the GP’s or some other specialists in the field. On the other hand, the sudden relief from pain a dentist can produce comes in as a direct recommendation of the dentist’s abilities, although it has really nothing to do with the dentist himself, but with the specific anatomy of the mouth cavity and teeth.
Yet, dental phobia remains an issue
Despite the statistical information presented above, a considerable number of patients do not receive appropriate dental care services and cite fear as the main reason for this. There are more people who fear the dentist than people who fear their family GP. Again, this may be caused by the fact that treatments are in the case of dentists much more visible, thus producing a greater impact on patients.
The rule of thumb when it comes to following the advice you receive in medical institutions is to corroborate information. The best approach, which is failed by most of the patients in the civilized world, is not to follow only the information provided by one dentist, health care provider, or GP, but to actually see everything in perspective and try to combine the advice received in such a manner as to fulfill everyone’s expectations.