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Dentistry historically has been what we call a reparative model. We wait until the disease process starts and then we react to it. You got a hole in your tooth? We can fill that hole. You’ve got a missing part of your tooth. Let’s fix that missing part. That’s waiting for the disease process to take place, and then we react to it. We need to move more towards what we call a health model where we’re trying to predict that patient’s disease before they’ve even expressed that they are susceptible to it. When we can meet a patient for the first time and go through their medical history and their dental history, and gather a of our data that we do during that first appointment, we spend more time with them in that first appointment. We spend more time than we would spend in a typical, routine checkup and cleaning, because we want to know where they’re at. We want to try to predict disease before it presents itself, which subsequently can enable us to perform a more predictable treatment with a better long-term outcome so that we can reduce people’s dental needs moving forward.