Peru Dental Care - 765-473-9336 

Peru Dental Care - Vision & Mission Statement

At Peru Dental Care, we are committed to providing our dental patients with optimal care and treatment.  We will strive to encourage, educate, and motivate our patients so that they will accept optimal treatment for themselves.  The staff at Peru Dental Care will practice Golden Rule Dentistry by encouraging and delivering to our patients the optimal dental care that we ourselves desire.  

Dental care is not a commodity.  It's not laundry detergent or breakfast cereal or wireless minutes.  Dentistry is a professional service that's both art and a science.  Yes, there are excellent dentists and not-so-great dentists.  Often, you get what you pay for.

Insurance isn't really insurance.  Dental insurance is nothing like health insurance or auto insurance.  It's a maintenance plan that will cover cleanings and x-rays, maybe half the cost of a crown.  It will not protect you if you need a lot of work done.  The maximum annual benefits, $1,000 to $1,500, haven't changed in the 50 years since dental insurance became available.  It's a minor cost assistance, and there's a widening divide between patients' expectations of their dental insurance coverage and the actual coverage that's provided. 

Dentists wish patients would value their teeth more.  Teeth are a crucial part of health and appearance.  Untreated gum disease, for instance, is linked to heart disease.  (Would you choose a cardiologist based on price?)  With time, you will come to realize that shopping price is a minor concern when it comes to your health.  Any minor cost differences amortized out over a lifetime will become insignificant.  You will get the best results and have the most long-term satisfaction getting care from someone you trust.

How do you find a good dentist?

Ask if he or she uses specialists.  Who does your periodontal surgery?  If the person on  the phone says, "We do everything here, that would scare me,  especially orthodontia.  Ask your primary care physician which dentist she uses. Ask your lawyer.  Ask your boss.  In other words, ask professional people whom they trust with their dental health.  Ask a dental specialist, like an endodontist.  One specialist wrote to tell me,  "The best way to find a good dentist is to find a specialist who sees  everyone's patients on a referral basis.  He or she will know who is good and who isn't.  Trust me, as a specialist, I know who is doing what, because I see their work every day."

Look and look some more.  Interview dentists, if they'll let you.  Take the view  that your teeth are a lifetime investment.


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