2019 to start on a positive note for Dentistry

December 21, 2018

2018 has been a promising year for the field of dentistry. The year not only introduced new innovations but also brought revolutionary changes. The new year is set to change positive trends in the field.

Dental trends in 2019

A rise in Natural products

There is a huge surge in the holistic medicine globally and so is in dentistry. The patients want healthier and stronger smiles. However, they are now aware that overuse of dental products can damage their teeth. Hence, they are looking for chemical free and natural products. Such products include charcoal toothpaste and natural mouthwash which are easily available in our kitchen.

Moreover, consumers are implementing products that focus on restoring a healthy oral environment such as tooth powder made up of clay and other substances. You can, therefore, consult your hygienist or dentist before using these products.

More Americans will Supplement Insurance Coverage

People with highly deductible healthcare plans as well as people on basic medical treatment which does not cover dental insurance will increasingly turn to healthcare discount offers to help lower the expenses of Medicare. Consumers are increasingly discovering that dental saving plans generally include savings on vision and hearing care, chiropractic treatment, prescription medicines and other essential healthcare services/products associated with your teeth.

In-house Membership Plans offers

Patients generally pay their dentist a monthly or annual membership fee in exchange for discounted dental treatment. Patients must measure the discounts against usage of a plan only at specific dentist’s clinic.

In addition, patients should also compare savings on dental procedures such as root canals, crowns, implants, and other treatment. Most dentists in-house plans have a minimum discount of 20% on these treatments, while other dental saving plans can offer savings up to 40% on these same procedures. In other words, your dental care will now be pocket-friendly.

Telehealth in rising

Telehealth basically involves the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long distance patient-doctor contact and care, advice, reminders, education, monitoring, and remote admissions.

The telehealth is more convenient and it reduces the cost of dental care.

The Robo Dentists

Use of robotic dentists can perform sophisticated procedures, dental care will continue to lead in healthcare technology.

Virtual World

Virtual reality will increasingly replace the use of nitrous oxide which reduces mild discomfort and anxiety to distract patients.

Innovative home products

Dentist-prescribed teeth whitening pens can give you a bright smile. Moreover, the use of artificial intelligence is been done in a smart toothbrush that can be fed by data collected from accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers to promote how effective dental hygiene is.

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at DentalDost. A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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