Our Circle of Care
Colorado Springs dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, has worked hard and diligently to develop unique approach to dentistry we call “Our Circle of Care.” Read about the three points to our Circle of Care philosophy:
1. New Patient Experience:
START A LASTING RELATIONSHIP
Your new patient experience begins with our team welcoming you to our practice, getting to know you and your concerns before we begin your comprehensive examination. We want to meet you where you are at, by learning your expectations and desires prior to starting our new patient examination. Through a series of questions we learn more about you, your past dental experiences and habits or medical conditions that can effect your dental health so that we may serve you in the best way possible.
You are always welcome to present to us questions or concerns you may have about any aspect of the care you receive in our office
YOUR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
This is our information gathering time where we will take digital radiographs and intra oral photographs of your teeth, and Dr Schope will complete her very thorough examination.
After an oral cancer screening, Dr Schope evaluates 3 main areas:
- Your gums and bone support
- Your teeth
- Your jaw joints (TMJ), muscle of the face and neck that allow your jaws to move, and your bite relationship. All these things need to function in a coordinated way to maintain health for your joints, muscles and teeth. When they don’t function well something in these three areas will break down causing disease.
Many people don’t realize a poorly functioning bite can cause as much dental disease as the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. It is a tremendous benefit to you that Dr Schope is well trained at evaluating and treating function or bite issues.
YOUR EXAMINATION IS COMPLETE. NOW WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
When she completes this evaluation, Dr Schope will address any emergency needs. If you don’t have gum disease (periodontal disease) it is at this time you will be scheduled for a cleaning and a free of charge consultation to review the findings of the examination. At this appointment with Dr Schope and/or the Treatment Coordinator will explain your dental conditions, give you treatment solutions, coordinate scheduling appointments and review your investment for gaining optimum dental health. Financial options will be reviewed in detail to help you afford the dental care you deserve.
2. Partnership Through Treatment
“GOLDEN RULE DENTISTRY”
We practice “Golden Rule Dentistry.” That is, we approach every patient and diagnose their needs as if they were ourselves or a loved one. Providing the techniques and procedures in the way we would want to experience is putting “Golden Rule Dentistry” into action. Your comfort and individual needs are our top priority.
At times we refer to other specialists, therefore acting as your quarterback, we develop a team of providers who we believe practice “Golden Rule Dentistry as well. “ We believe in being your “quarterback” on this team. We develop the game plan with our colleagues to get the desired winning results.
We strive daily to create a dental environment we personally would seek care in.
Join us in a great partnership to health and beautiful smiles.
YOUR CONSULTATION: PRESENTING YOUR TREATMENT SOLUTION
At your consultation we will:
- present a solution to regain your optimum dental health
- address any esthetic concerns you may have requested
- schedule your appointments to maximize the best use of your time
- provide Financial Options to help you afford the treatment you deserve
3. Maintaining Dental Health
WHY PREVENTATIVE DENTAL VISITS ARE IMPORTANT
The majority of dental disease has no symptoms. It is much less costly and more convenient to deal with dental disease before it becomes painful or symptomatic. Regular dental preventative (continued care) visits where patients have a visual and radiographic examination and professional cleaning are the best investment in long term outstanding dental health and prevention of tooth loss.
ORAL HEALTH: A WINDOW TO YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
According to the Mayo Clinic, Your oral health is more important than you may realize. Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? Or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Dr Schope will help you understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.
Your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, harmful bacteria can sometimes grow out of control and cause oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, dental procedures, medications, or treatments that reduce saliva flow, disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth or breach the mouth’s normal protective may make it easier for bacteria to enter your bloodstream.
Your oral health may affect, be affected by or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
- Endocarditis. Gum disease and dental procedures that cut your gums may allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you have a weak immune system or a damaged heart valve, this can cause infection in other parts of the body — such as an infection of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis).
- Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria, possibly due to chronic inflammation from periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease.
- Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
- Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more-frequent and severe infections of the gums and the bone that holds teeth in place, and they may lose more teeth than do people who have good blood sugar control.
- HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
- Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — may be associated with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
- Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Other conditions. Other conditions that may be linked to oral health include Sjogren’s syndrome — an immune system disorder — and eating disorders.
Be sure to tell your Dr Schope if you’re taking any medications or have had any changes in your overall health — especially if you’ve had any recent illnesses or you have a chronic condition.