3 tips to improve your patients’ oral health literacy

One of the biggest challenges a dental professional encounter on a day-to-day basis is effective patient communication. As healthcare practitioners, you are educated in a dentist-to-dentist or hygienist-to-hygienist fashion, where dental jargon is useful and common practice. For patients, however, technical terms like subperiosteal, sulcus or even gingivitis can be a lot to tackle. Understanding your patients’ oral health literacy is the first step to helping them succeed in their own oral care.