Even if you don’t see a doctor all that regularly, having one you can call when you need one is important. After all, who wants to be scrambling to find a doctor when you are not feeling well or have a medical emergency on your hands? But, finding a great doctor and dentist (I mean really top notch!) is even more paramount. Your medical team plays an enormous role in your life helping you create your optimal health as well as diagnosing issues and addressing larger health concerns, too – maybe even some that could mean life or death to you or a family member!
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.
Quality medical care is not only about internet doctor ratings or where and how many degrees hang on the doctor’s wall, but more about how many times the doctor has done the procedure or dealt with the medical issue you are experiencing. If there is a complicated procedure your child may require or you are managing a chronic illness like asthma, a doc who specializes in your condition is usually a safer bet.
2. LEAN IN AND LISTEN.
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3. TRUST AND HONESTY GO BOTH WAYS.
4. NICE IS NOT NECESSARILY NECESSARY.
5. EGOS ARE NOWHERE.
A good doctor will encourage you to seek out more information and other medical opinions and options and even help you to do so! The doctor will also listen to your ideas or research that you have produced. The doctor should also get to know you and your lifestyle to gain a better picture of who you are and your daily habits and stress levels that could affect your health. Don’t trust a doc who tells you they are the only ones with the answers and you shouldn’t question him or her.Don’t miss this: A health coach may be a great asset to you! Here is an interview with an awarding-winning health coach that has loads of tips on living healthy and how to find the perfect coach for you.
And, now, on to your very important dental team . . .
5 SIGNS YOU HAVE A GREAT DENTIST
Like a great doctor, a great dentist and hygienist should be part of your medical team. Your dental health has a big impact on the health of other parts of your body, too! Besides a thorough cleaning and check-up, make sure your dental team checks off these:
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.
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.
5. MACHINERY AND SAFE PRACTICES ARE CRITICAL.
Ask if the X-ray machines are regularly calibrated and ensure they provide lead aprons and thyroid guards when performing x-rays. And, are the x-rays really even needed? All radiation exposure adds up! Ask!
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?