Nope - you can't just accept anyone to be part of that vital medical team for you and your family. But, how do you really know your health practitioners are really that great? There are a lot of considerations, and it is important to ponder! So, let's take a moment and do just that!
I have put a short list of a few signs I think indicate you have a good medical team member on your hands. Come take a look and let me know what you think! I would love it if you would add to the list and let me know how you know you have a great doc or dentist, too, or what you think is important to look out for to find a doctor as well.
5 Signs You Have A Great Doc
Shopping for a new doc? Look for these qualities that may indicate you have a winner:
1. Look for lots and lots of experience.
2. Lean in and listen.
3. Trust and honesty go both ways.
In turn, you must be honest and forthright with your symptoms, lifestyle, good habits and bad. The doctor can't make a correct diagnosis if you are keeping something from him or her. A good doctor will ask lots of questions to dig deep about your health to get a true picture. But, please, answer them honestly and don't be embarrassed about the answers!
4. Nice is not necessarily necessary!
That is a bit of a tongue twister! In some situations and if you are dealing with a special condition, the doctor's personality is not the top concern. If the doctor that you have researched to have the best medical outcomes doesn't have the best personality to match and is anything but charming, I wouldn't let that stop you from proceeding. Being nice is not the most important quality, but being the most technically correct surgeon probably is! I have been lucky enough to get both on occasion and consider it an act of grace! Let me clarify, though, that having a general practitioner that you see more regularly for check-ups and one that you can build a rapport and relationship with is a very, very good idea, though!
5. Egos are nowhere to be found.
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And, now, on to your very important dental team . . .
5 Signs You Have a Great Dentist
1. All issues start small.
Early detection is important as many head and neck cancers begin in the oral cavity. Thus, make sure your dentist does an oral cancer screening that includes checking for lumps in the neck and mouth as well as your lips and the inside of your mouth and throat.
In addition, there are mouth rinses with a dye that help detect lesions. Abnormal cells in your mouth may take up the dye in the rinse and appear blue. Your dentist may also use a special light to examine the inside of your mouth to make abnormal tissues show up easier as well.
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2. Don't forget next time.
3. Dental issues, as well as health issues, play a role.
4. Find what is new and maybe even better.
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5. Machinery and safe practices are critical.
For Even More On The Topic . . .
- Thinking of starting a family soon? Wonderful! But check out these critical ways to ensure your body is in top form to grow a baby in perfect health!
- Your healthy daily habits will make those doctor appointments a rare entry on your calendar. Find loads of small actions you can do to create a healthy daily routine.
Now is your turn! What do you think makes a doctor or dentist top notch and how did you find your amazing doctor or dentist?