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                    Dental clinic visit in Germany
                    time:2020-11-18 13:53:38  click rate:0

                    Germany leads the world in dentistry and dentistry, and its people's awareness of oral hygiene and health care is also among the best. From October 20 to 21, 2014, the author visited nearly 10 dental clinics in the suburbs of Frankfurt, and the observations are Shared as follows.

                    "Hidden" in a residential dental clinic

                    Most German residents live on the outskirts of cities, and dental clinics are located there. They are mostly hidden in the middle of residential areas, with small door Numbers and signs, which are not obvious and not carefully searched for. It is usually hard to see them at a glance (maybe because I don't know German). The nearly 10 clinics that the author visits, scale size varies, with 3~5 dental chairs in the majority, also have as many as 30. Most are privately owned by dentists, and some of the larger ones are also co-invested by institutions or partners. For these small clinics hidden in residential areas, the author speculated that the customers are mainly the residents around, following the family dental doctor model, the new patients are mainly recommended by the old patients, and few patients come in by themselves.

                    There is one private dentist per thousand people

                    Germany has about 70,000 registered dentists, with an average of one per 1,000 people. Different from domestic answers, in Addition to dentists and nurses in Germany, there is Dental Hygienist. The ratio between dentists and hygienists is about 1:1 ~1.5, indicating the important role of hygienists in clinics. Hygienists, mostly women, are mainly responsible for oral examination, hygiene education and supragingival cleansing. In response, each clinic also has at least one dedicated room, equipped with tools such as dental chairs, where hygienists perform oral examinations, hygiene education and tooth cleaning.

                    Of course, some will also put some oral education materials in each room and waiting room. There are also those hanging on the wall less than the poster of Gep, or even the famous art paintings, while looking at the teeth, I guess the patient's mood can be relaxed, of course, also reflects the dentist's artistic taste.

                    Pay attention to oral health education

                    As mentioned earlier, German dentists attach great importance to oral hygiene education. Although this work is mainly carried out by hygienists, most oral care products recommended to patients require the prior consent of the dentist or the owner of the clinic. The quality of oral health care in Germany is very high. In addition to the regular habit of brushing teeth, 37% of Germans regularly use electric toothbrushes, 47% floss, and 26% also use dental floss (citation: Dr. Tussing). Accordingly, the German dentist/hygienist will actively recommend oral care products to patients, and the usual recommended order is: electric toothbrush → floss → interdental brush → toothpaste and/or mouthwash.

                    Enviable dentistry

                    Dentists in Germany have high incomes and social status, so they place a high value on work-life balance. In Germany, a week at the end of October is the fall holiday for primary and secondary schools. Many dentists choose to close their doors and take their families away for a holiday, so at least two clinics are closed to them.