Internet can mislead you on medical treatment procedures: Dr Sakshi Jain

Dr Sakshi Jain, MDS specialises in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry. She currently runs a private practice in Rewari, Haryana.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The happiness and relief that I feel when I am able to provide treatment to my patients successfully and they recover.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

Being a pedodontist, I feel that the easiest patients to treat are those who follow my instructions properly and are not cranky.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

A lot of pediatric patients can be tough as children often are afraid of doctors. In the cases of adult patients, some of them start depending on the information they gather on the internet more than their doctor. Such patients too can be difficult to treat.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

It all depends on how much you trust your doctor. If you trust your doctor than I think patient being aware about basics of the treatment is advantageous as it helps in relieving the anxiety and increases patients’ cooperation with the doctor. However, if the patient does not trust the doctor, then any information they get regarding their health condition from sources other than their doctors can play a negative role.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure?

A person can take several steps to improve their knowledge of treatment procedures. They can refer relevant medical journals, research papers, and books to gain a thorough understanding of the most recent techniques and advancements in the field. However, they should always discuss with medical and healthcare experts about the information they gathered to avoid misinformation.

How medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Medical misinformation can have serious consequences on patient’s health and treatment outcomes. When patients are misinformed, they may make decisions about their health that are not based on scientific evidence or are against the advice of medical professionals. This can lead to delayed or inappropriate treatment.

A few advice that you always give to your patients… 

As a dentist, I always advise people to maintain good oral hygiene, brush teeth twice every day, particularly before going to bed, and rinse your mouth after every meal. You should also visit your dentist every six months for a general dental checkup and not wait for any pain or discomfort to consult a doctor.

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