By Andrew D. Mylander DMD
Having a good relationship with your dentist means they should be able
to explain things clearly to you and talk to you in language you
The challenge for the dentist is that, as with any type of medical and
professional training, they have to learn many unusual and technical
This jargon has a purpose as it allows professionals to communicate clearly with each other on the same basis.
But often there is no need to use this terminology with the patient.
Using these terms becomes a habit and they forgot to translate for the
Sometimes. it’s easier to say what you are thinking to a patient rather
than have to translate it into something he or she will understand. And
the dentist is usually thinking using the jargon.
Many common dental words such as restoration (filling), dentition (set
of teeth) and occlusion (how the teeth come together) can easily be
translated into terms patients understand.
Your dentist wants to help you understand as much about your dental
health as possible so they would prefer that you stop them and ask what
terms mean or simply ask them to speak in plain English.
They often slip into jargon out of habit or because it allows them to communicate more easily with others on the team.
They want you to get the treatment you need and be satisfied. So they
won’t mind if you stop and remind them to communicate more effectively.
About This Author
Andrew D. Mylander DMD
At Andrew D. Mylander DMD dentist office in New Bern NC, your smile is our top priority. Dr. Andrew Mylander & entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps t…
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