Royal Canadian Dental Core recognizes importance of patient participation

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are taking a bite out of their dental health by becoming increasing involved in the care of their teeth.

April is National Oral Health Month, and with that in mind, the Royal Canadian Dental Core (RCDC) is encouraging everyone to take an active role in their dental hygiene.

Patients have more access than ever to a multitude of health information, thanks in large part to the internet and other readily available sources. Armed with information, many patients are preparing questions to ask their health care provider during their appointments. They want to learn and understand more about their symptoms or situation. Patients want to be engaged as a partner in their care—not just as a beneficiary of the health services that are provided.

The RCDC provides high-quality oral health care suitable to the needs of their patients. They see their patients as full partners in their dental care. They engage their patients in decisions about their treatment and in learning about their patient’s needs and preferences. They go over the various treatment options available to them, as well as the benefits and risks of each.

Encouraging patients to participate in oral health decisions fosters a culture of respect and patient-partnered care. Patients who are engaged have a better understanding of their responsibility as a patient and are more likely to have better oral health outcomes.

The RCDC dental care team are fully committed to educating and empowering their patients by encouraging them to ask questions and be an active part of the team.

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