Why You Should Be Working with Oral Care Providers
Why You Should Be Working with Oral Care Providers Dr. Alex Vidan
5-12% of the population suffers from TMJD (jaw pain, popping, clicking, etc), and almost all of them see their dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon at least once per year. But Oral Care Providers (OCPs) often don't know how to help them with TMJD or where to refer them. That's where you come in!
Whether you currently run a busy practice or you're just starting out, working with OCPs offers a solution for the provider while opening up a whole new market for you! As if that weren't enough, here are 3 more reasons why working with OCPs is a no-brainer!
TMJD Referrals Start Care Patients who are referred by their oral care providers almost always start care. Why? Because their dentist/orthodontist/oral surgeon is the end-all-be-all-KNOW-all of the jaw. So a referral from the already-trusted OCP means instant trust in you, too.
TMJD Referrals are Compliant Patients who are suffering from jaw pain, clicking, popping, etc. have tried everything! They have often been to a slew of doctors who haven’t been able to resolve the problem. I once had a patient who had been blending all her foods for months due to pain when she chews. If your patient’s motivating factor is “I just want to be able to chew a steak!”…that means they are ready to take whatever means necessary to find relief! When you are specifically trained to effectively communicate and care for both cervical and TMJ components, patients will see the value of starting care in your office.
Oral Care Providers Understand Wellness OCPs understand and support wellness because they do it every day! They constantly promote preventative dental hygiene, so they encourage patients to prevent future setbacks through maintenance care. Not only will they refer patients to you who will start care and stay compliant, but their referrals become lifelong patients with great results and encouragement from the OCP to maintain care in your office.