Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dental Ignorance

"What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You"  - Dental Ignorance

I was once told by a doctor that 'prevention doesn't pay'.    He knows about my book:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease.    And that is what he told me.  He meant:  You can't make any money by helping people to prevent things.

And as it turns out, he is right.   People aren't going to listen until they are facing a crisis.  And even then, they often aren't going to listen.   Instead they will spend thousands for solutions that are only short term. 

Someone else said, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."   Same idea.

I learned or found some understandings about dental health that the masses really need to know and understand.   The problem is:  Very few people listen to me.

When 75% of people have some gum disease right now, you might think it would be a no brainer that they would all want to read my book.   But it really doesn't work that way.

Instead, they are going to be told they need expensive dental treatments.  They are going to shell out thousands of dollars only to find that they will have to shell out more thousands one year to three years later because the underlying situation was only temporarily addressed.

They don't realize that the prevention of these problems is a daily issue.   No treatments are going to solve the fundamental problems because it is a daily issue.  Only you can work on your own mouth on a daily basis.

Brushing and flossing works to a degree.  But when 75% of people still have gum disease, it SHOULD be easy to realize that often times more is needed.  For most people, regular brushing and flossing, while important, are not enough to stop this problem.

As humans, we really look at things in a strange way, don't we?

Here is an analogy.   You NEVER change the oil in your car.  You go to the mechanic once every two years to get your engine changed because it has been destroyed from the lack of maintenance.  The mechanic gladly charges you thousands to replace your engine.   And will be able to do it again in two years. 

All the while he knows that if you would just change your oil, everything would be great.   But even though he might mention it in passing to ease his conscience, you never get the concept.

And every couple of years you keep buying a new engine.  

There is only one problem with this analogy.  It's just a car.   Once you lose a tooth, what are you going to do?   Spend more money on an implant or dentures?    There is no substitute for a good tooth.   It's not like an engine where you can just put a new one in every couple of years.

Sadly,  this blog post is not even going to make a dent.   Few people will read it and even fewer will "get it". 

That doctor was right,  "Prevention doesn't pay".    But it does pay someone, it pays the patient.   Prevention pays the patient,  but most will not listen -even after it is too late.     What a strange world we live in.

Are you just like everyone else?   Let me know in the comments below.  

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