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April 2020 –  Patient Education

In her editor’s note, “Finding effective ways to communicate with patients,” 2019-20 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Jeannie Binder, Texas-Houston ’21, writes: “I know my patients don’t have my level of dentistry experience, but often I assume a level of knowledge from my patients they don’t necessarily have. I’ve been caught off guard by basic questions when I explain a treatment plan. Whatever the context, effective communication means meeting the other person where they are—emotionally, energetically, and dental knowledge level.

“As practitioners, we should feel comfortable communicating with every kind of patient, and to make a good faith effort to communicate effectively and without judgment. Our cover story this month examines one step in this communication process—how dentists and patients can work together to establish a treatment plan. We hope this issue of Contour helps you consider ways to engage with your patients and find joy in doing so.”

In addition to patient education, this issue of Contour explores practicing dentistry with family members, an inside look at pediatric dentistry, the rising cost of dental school tuition, managing your relationship with your smartphone, the value of an MBA in dentistry, and much more.

Read more from the April 2020 issue.

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