An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Dental Marketing

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Patient Attraction Episode 801

Dental research findings are a great source of new online content for your website, blog, or social media pages. Your patients, though, don’t care about the nuts and bolts of a study. They care about what the findings mean for them and their families. After the break, I’ll tell you how to translate the clinical into new and better dental patients.

– I’m Colin Receveur.

– Welcome to the Patient Attraction Podcast.

– Like all health care professions, dentistry is constantly evolving.

– Advances in oral disease causation, intervention, and treatment are definitely news you can use.

– But only if you focus first on your patients’ and prospective patients’ needs.

– For instance, an article in the Washington Post late last year discussed findings that sugar-free drinks are just as bad for kids’ teeth as sugared drinks.

– The article also contains a link to the original publication.

– It’s useful to compare the language in the two versions.

– The original, while not overly technical, uses language like “Surface softening was measured by changes in enamel hardness values using a Knoop microhardness tester.”

– The WaPo article … doesn’t.

– Dental patients don’t care about methodology.

– They care about results and how those results translate into something they can use to make better choices.

– Your challenge when discussing research findings is to translate them for your patients.

– Think problem, meaning to the patient, solution.

– Focus on the bottom-line impact on your patients.

– And then give them plain-language solutions to avoid or deal with the problem.

– Patients will see you as relatable as well as an expert.

– That’s the approach Dr. David Maloley, a SmartBox dentist in Colorado, takes to provide online information to patients.

– “It’s kind of being transparent and authentic and making sure that they know who I am as a dentist but they know who I am as a human.”

– NEVER talk or write over your patients.

– That’s YOUR ounce of dental prevention rather than a pound of marketing cure.

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– Thanks for tuning in to today’s podcast.

– Until next time, keep moving forward.