SYNERGY AND ITS EFFECT ON THE PATIENT-PROVIDER RELATIONSHIP
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periodontal maintenance, fluoride application, patient education, and doctor-as-sisted examination—are completed during
routine dental hygiene appointments. In
addition, taking photographs—especially
digital photos with an intraoral camera—
could be of extreme importance both to
the dentist and patient to document any
Every day, patients make decisions
about a dental practice based not only on
the dentist’s credentials, but also on the
entire dental team. From the perspectives
of the patients, the second most important
part of the team is the hygienist, who will
help maintain their oral care for the future.
The better the relationship between the
dentist and hygienist, the more likely the
long-term success for the patient. Establishing written expectations, consistent
communication, and effective training will
ensure that the whole team is working
toward the same goal. RDH
Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS, is a clinical professor of oral rehabilitation at the Dental College of
Georgia at Augusta University, in Augusta, Georgia; adjunct clinical professor of prosthodontics
at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School
of Dental Medicine; and adjunct professor of
restorative dentistry at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Goldstein has long been considered the “
architect” of modern esthetic dentistry and wrote
the first comprehensive textbook, Esthetics in
Dentistry, in 1976, which is now in its third edition. His consumer book, Change Your Smile, is
in its fourth edition and has subsequently been
published in 12 language worldwide.
Yemia A. White, RDH, BSDH, is a registered
dental hygienist in the dental practice of Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. White is an author and researcher, as well
as a member of the American Dental Hygienists’
Association and the Georgia Dental Hygienists’
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