Oceanside California. A sunny city on the shores of the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. A nice community with a lot going for it. So why would anyone living there look elsewhere for professional dental care
? Here are five good reasons why one should look farther afield such as in Carlsbad even if one already has a dentist in Oceanside.
Reason One: The Green Machine
Oceanside biggest neighbor is Camp Pendleton which means Marines, Marines, Marines. On top of that it means the families of Marines. While there is available dental care on base, most service members with families often prefer to use civilian health care providers for their dental care since it is covered under their United Concordia dental health insurance plan. This means a lot of clients chasing fewer dentists.
Reason Two: Lack of Long Term Care Skills
Because life in the service, especially in the Marines, is transient by nature, dentists in Oceanside are going to be used to revolving clients and thus will rarely develop the interpersonal skills a more typical dentist will. Good, quality dental care is more than just the skill in dealing with oral care; it is the holistic approach to the entire patient. With so many revolving clients, Oceanside dentist generally will not take the time to teach good oral care as a dentist who has fewer clients and a more one-on-one relationship with those clients. Reason Three: Needs of the Service
Life in the service, whether the marine, sailor or their family, is all about the mission. Missions can change and too often this means the wake-up call at 3am with orders to move out. This sort of lifestyle means quick changes and this translates to having to make lots of quick scheduling changes. Everyone is busy but seeing a dentist in Oceanside who caters to service members and their families puts you at risk of being bumped to accommodate these service related changes.
Reason Four: Less Competition
With such a vast pool of potential clients who will rarely stay more than four years, dentists in Oceanside may not keep their equipment as up to date as possible, or seek out new training because military dental care may be behind civilian care. Thus the bar is set very low and not much effort is needed to keep such clients happy. However this translates to less intrusive procedures using the newer technologies. It also means the dentist and their staff may not be up on all the latest techniques and training either.
Reason Five: It’s All about You
Having lots of clients may lead to apathy. Why concentrate on quality when one can make lots of money on quantity? While this might make business sense for practices with this mindset, your family's oral health should be all about quality. You and your family should not suffer because a dentist in Oceanside has a business strategy that focuses on quantity. Consider widening your search in order to find a dentist committed to quality, personal care.
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