PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a seasoned dental professional, Warren Melamed
is one individual who is aware of how quickly patients can disregard their oral health for a wide variety of reasons--such as convenience, apprehension and expenses. For parents, especially those with young children, these concerns can prove much greater. While many parents have had to manage an entire family's oral health care by keeping track of multiple dentists--such as those specializing in pediatric care--Melamed says that the rising practice of "family dentistry" may help many households achieve comprehensive and convenient access to dental health.
Warren Melamed--CEO and President of Oral Health Management--points to a recent article
from Dental Economics that tracks this rising trend. The article explains that many general dentists--accustomed to treating adults only--are finding ways to educate themselves on how to branch into pediatric dentistry and make their practices more kid- and family-friendly. It states, "With more parents seeking to simplify their lives with one dentist for the entire family, many dentists are inclined to offer a kid-friendly, family-friendly experience. With superior products and continuing education available, it's no wonder more dentists are prepared to treat the whole family."
For dental professionals, the article suggests that transitioning into family dentistry can be an improvement in revenue--as many parents are willing to cut back on their own dental care, but not their children's. The article adds, "Studies have shown the importance of early-childhood preventative care, and parents are being educated to take their children to the dentist by their first birthday. Another economic factor is basic supply and demand. Since 1995, the dentist-to-patient ratio has been declining, and it is particularly low in pediatric dentistry. Of the approximately 190,000 dentists in the U.S. today, only about 3,000 are pediatric specialists."
Warren Melamed responds, "It is very important that pediatric dentistry continues to grow--even among general dentists--because laying a strong foundation for oral health early on will vastly improve the future generations' overall health. While family dentistry options can greatly improve the client base and revenue of a general dentist, the trend is also important as it is likely to encourage more adults to seek better treatment themselves."
In the article, Carla Cohn, DMD, explains, "It is not uncommon that once parents see how well their children are taken care of, they will want to be taken on as patients themselves. And it only stands to reason that a young, happy patient grows into a happy adult patient and becomes a patient for life. Treat the children well, and your practice will soar."
"I hope that more dentists across the country will consider and implement family dentistry into their own practices, as it is clear that treating an entire household raises convenience and trust among patients. As a result, more households will likely begin to approach oral health in a unified fashion, rather than independently, which will enhance the state of American dental wellness," Warren Melamed concludes.
, CEO and President of Oral Health Management, is a trusted dental health professional who remains committed to the advancement of the field. Additionally, as the founder of Monarch Dental in Dallas, Texas, Melamed has served in various roles such as chairman, president and chief dental officer--allowing him to gain comprehensive knowledge of the industry and business practices. Melamed is dedicated to raising awareness about oral health and encouraging patients to engage in routine care and treatment to optimize overall wellness.