|▲ Good Dental Clinic / Dentist Jo Ok-hwa|
When it comes to teeth, South Koreans often say “having healthy teeth is one of the five blessings.” In other words, it is not easy to have healthy teeth. We have 28 teeth in general and they are 32 when included wisdom teeth. Despite its importance of regular care, many people cannot be bothered paying a visit to dentist if the pain is bearable. But that often leads things to too serious, experts warned.
Good Dental Clinic dentist Jo Ok-hwa says “Dental care should better be consulted and treated one on one basis as each person has each different problem. This also helps patients understand better about the result of diagnosis, the treatment that should be applied and before and after management. The earlier you start dental care the better.”
At Good Dental Clinic, each patient receives all-in-one care services from diagnosis to treatment and after care. A person in charge gives briefings on all treatment procedures and results to patients and she also calls regularly to check how things are improving alongside general check up every 6 months. All procedures are clearly and visibly explained and patients can compare the result with before and after treatment photos.
“Patients want to know the cause of the pain, what will be the treatment, what might be the result and how to manage teeth healthily. So the dentist should explain all of these questions clearly, visibly and kindly. This makes them feel that they are being treated with respect.”
Jo, who has more than 10 years of experience in high-level surgeries including implant, opened Good Dental Clinic in Pyeongtaek where senior and underprivileged citizens live more compared to other cities.
“I used to work in Seoul and realized many patients were not from Seoul. This encouraged me to open a clinic other than Seoul so I decided it Pyeongtaek.”
Since many of them are elderly, and also dental treatment is scary for many, Jo is applying painless anesthesia where the doctor does not need to put up a needle to inject the chemical substance to the targeted part of the gum.
As a dentist with good heart, Jo donates tooth paste and brush alongside rice and ramen to neighbors in need on a regular basis.
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