The importance of effective patient education

We all can agree that especially in today’s age, when information is so readily available from so many sources, effective patient education is more important than ever. Patient education plays an essential role in helping patients understand and accept their diagnosis and the possible treatment options as well as the necessary behavioral or even lifestyle changes that will ultimately result in successful treatment.

Traditional patient education materials are often too long and detailed, written at a level too high for many patients to understand the content. Almost all patients prefer medical advice that is simple and easy to understand. Research shows that patients who are well informed and who take an active part in their dental treatment are more likely to have better results. Visual aids, multimedia technologies, and corresponding handouts can improve the patients’ understanding of their dental condition and the necessary treatment or therapy.

The dental patient education materials developed by Clue Dental Marketing were created with this very thought in mind. They are engaging, attractive, and present dental conditions and procedures in a way simple enough to understand even for someone with very basic dental knowledge.

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The MÜVI system features a growing library of meticulously scripted and rendered 3D patient education videos in stunning HD quality. MÜVI has been tested and verified to work on a wide range of devices, from mobile phones and tablets to laptops and desktops. It comes with your practice name, website and social media links applied to the navigation bar, so your patients are not distracted by third-party advertisement. The live search box makes finding the desired videos a breeze. Just start typing into the MÜVI search box and watch as the playlist displays the related videos in real-time.

You can add a MÜVI icon right to the home screen of your mobile device, allowing you to instantly access your education videos and to use them as part of your chairside patient education.

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Clue’s Treatment Presentation Aids summarize the most common treatment options in an easy to follow manner and compare key features of the procedures. They feature images from the education videos so they will look familiar to your patients. This gives you the opportunity to refer back to the videos and to recommend the course of treatment most suitable for your patient’s needs and circumstances. Treatment aids measure 11X17 inches and are printed on thick, high-gloss water-resistant paper. They are dry-erase marker compatible so you can present your recommendations in an even more impactful way. Then just wipe the marker off and use the aid again for the next patient.

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The same information can be given to your patients in a more compact, tri-fold brochure format that is printed on thick, high-gloss water-resistant paper and include your logo and practice information. This will give them the option to discuss their recommended treatment with their spouses or parents and to get answer to any additional questions they may have. It is also a good idea to refer them back to your website to allow them the opportunity to watch the education videos related to their condition one more time. And this is how Clue’s patient education comes full circle.

To find out more about our MÜVI Patient Education System be sure to visit our website and try a live demo. Our Treatment Presentation Aids and tri-fold brochures are featured in our Clue Store.

Love is in the air!

Or in our case, on the plate.

Valentine’s Day is all about sweets and sweetness so I wanted to find a yummy recipe that fits the occasion. But it has to be something healthy of course, especially because everyone in our office has been bit by the health bug – some more than others. Some of us sadly exclaim that our clothes don’t fit; we don’t understand why and we clearly have to do something about it, as we shove another cookie into our mouths. Some others of us are into counting and keeping track of calories. Calories are serious business and should be allocated wisely. Well, except on the weekend because honestly, the weekend is for relaxation and fun and calories, as I said, are serious business.

Anyhow, a healthy recipe that fits the holiday… But what exactly is healthy? It depends on who you ask. My general rule of thumb is if it’s natural, it can’t be very bad for you in moderation. And I think “moderation” is the key word just like with most things.

I came across the recipe for Valentine’s Day Strawberry Love Muffins on getmecooking.com. How cute, love muffins. And it was claimed to be a healthy recipe, too. Bingo! It’s true that I used organic raw cane sugar instead of Stevia so I am not sure how much that took away from the healthiness of it. I just prefer the natural alternative. It goes without saying that you should always try to get the good ingredients. Free range, natural eggs, organic strawberries if possible. I am not one of those people who swear that absolutely everything has to be organic but when it comes to eggs and strawberries, it really is worth getting the good stuff. The recipe also calls for coconut oil. You can substitute this with sweet cream butter if you want. Coconut oil has become really popular in the past few years both in the kitchen and used in cosmetics as well. In fact there are so many different uses for it that people talk about it as the miracle oil. I don’t doubt it that it has wonderful qualities but recently my son pointed it out to me that coconut oil actually is mostly (about 90%) saturated fat. One tablespoon of it can account for 60% of your recommended daily saturated fat consumption. That made me think since I have been using coconut oil for cooking and always used it generously. There are many arguments pro and con coconut oil and of course not all saturated fats have been created equal but it is worth doing your own research. I guess “in moderation” works for coconut oil as well.

And finally, the recipe!

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Love Muffins

Ingredients 
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour (100%, for a lighter texture use unbleached all-purpose )
1 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached, plus 2 tablespoons)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt (fine-grain)
1 lemon zest
½ cup extra virgin coconut oil (packed & measured solid) or sweet cream butter
2 cups stevia (or pure cane sugar)
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
12oz plain greek yogurt (or vanilla)
16oz strawberries (washed, thoroughly dried, hulled, and chopped into bite size pieces)

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. You can use non-stick muffin tins or add liners. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the flour (except the two tablespoons) baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest. Set aside.

3. Using a mixer, cream coconut oil and stevia (or raw sugar) together until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the whole egg then the egg whites, one at a time, until well mixed. Drop the speed down to low and gently stir in the lemon juice.

4. Keeping the speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture then a bit of the yogurt, alternating between the two, until the mixture is just incorporated. BE SURE NOT TO OVER MIX. These muffins are dense enough as it is!

5. Coat the strawberries in the remaining 2 tbsp of flour then gently mix the berries into the batter. NOTE: THIS BATTER IS SUPER THICK. THAT’S HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.

6. Using a large cookie scoop or a large spoon, scoop the batter into the tins so they are about 90% full. These should yield about 18.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy! Make sure to share the love with friends, family, and coworkers as well!