Improving Patient Compliance
The importance of patient education
The majority of children have some form of existing or developing malocclusion; there really is no shortage of patients. This means that you should be able to recognise malocclusion and the causes with patients of any age and provide appropriate treatment to them.
MRC produces materials that help doctors learn how to diagnose soft tissue dysfunction and understand the appliances, along with materials that also assist doctors and staff in explaining the causes of growth and development problems to parents and patients. MRC is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive education to assist doctors and delivering proper patient education is a crucial part of treatment.
Once a parent understands that there is a problem with their child’s growth and development and that there is immediate treatment available, they are interested in this treatment.
The first thing that doctors must understand is how treatment and MRC's myofunctional appliances work. Without this understanding, it becomes difficult to properly explain treatment to patients and parents. After the doctor understands the treatment, staff must also learn and be able to communicate the key points of treatment to both the patients and parents.
It’s important to speak with patients and parents at their level of understanding. Treatment goals and actions, the importance of compliance, and the fact that treatment isn’t just concerned with straightening teeth must be outlined to patients and parents. It’s also wise to explain that there may be biological limitations at play in some instances.
MRC’s Patient Consultation, Myobrace Activities™, Nutrition and Tooth Decay and other online resources assist the patient and parent education process.