Dr. Lara Coseo DDS, FAGD – Author – Having practiced general dentistry for 13 years, Dr. Lara currently serves as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
ASK Dr. LARA
Q. DO DENTISTS GO TO THE DENTIST?
A. Yes, we do. We also have to take care of our mouths. Dentists need regular dental check-ups and treatments just like our patients do.
Q.DO DENTISTS GO TO OTHER DENTISTS OR DO THEY TREAT THEIR OWN DENTAL PROBLEMS?
A. Whenever we’re in need of dental work we usually have a colleague or a friend perform the dental treatment. I visit my favorite dental hygienist every six months to get my teeth cleaned. And my friend who is also a dentist checks my mouth out and lets me know any concerns that she sees. It may be a little different for me because I’m probably telling my dentist a lot more than the average patient would. I’m very aware of what’s going on in my own mouth. And I have the knowledge and training to explain things in a different way.
Q.DO DENTISTS ALSO HATE GOING TO THE DENTIST?
A. Some dentists are a little nervous about dental treatment, and some aren’t. That’s definitely going to be unique to each person’s personality. Some people will have anxiety about dentistry, even if they’re a dentist, I personally don’t have dental anxiety. I’m less nervous about things going on inside my mouth because I understand it very well. And I think that gives me more confidence. I also trust my colleagues because I know how trained and how skilled they are. I know how educated they are. So I don’t have anything to worry about.
What would you like to ask?
Asking questions can help you better understand your mouth. The barrier to great oral health can sometimes just be the lack of relevant knowledge and how to apply it. Advancements in medical research can help us take better control of our health but only if we have access to the information in an easy-to-follow format. If you would like to learn more, just ask.
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