Recare vs. Recall

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Story Updated: Jan 8, 2016

Occasionally we use words or phrases that have more meaning for us than they do for the people we serve. It’s about time we reeducate ourselves to this issue and educate you, the patient. After all a misunderstood does little to keep the communication channel clear and sharp.

So what does this new word, “recare”, mean? And, why are we using it? What’s wrong with using “recall”; and, why is it important to participate in a “recare” program?

For me “recare” means: to take care of, to look after, to protect against trouble, to provide for. This expresses very well why “recare” is better suited for describing ongoing dental care than “recall”.

When you look at these words more closely, doesn’t “recall” illicit the following meaning—the return of a dangerous or defective product? So unless I’ve placed a dangerous substance in your mouth or you are bringing me an infectious disease, I will no longer insinuate that you are being recalled by the manufacturer to my office.

Finally, why it is important for us to participate in a “recare” program? Well, for one thing it’s not just a cleaning. We really are concerned about keeping you out of trouble. Let me share a personal story. Recently I took my car for its “recare” visit—100,000 miles and still running like new. So I thought. The rear brake pads were thin and the hose that protects the occupants from a gas line spill following rollovers or collisions was defective. I had no idea and am fortunate to have had these two things identified and corrected.

Isn’t your mouth as important as a finely tuned auto? I think so and this is why your “recare” visit gives you an advantage over people who only treat emergencies. Emergency patients often lose teeth; fine/preventative patients can keep their teeth for life.

Keep that “recare” visit. Let us examine your mouth for any sign of disease such as gum disease, bone loss, tooth decay or oral cancer. Allow us the opportunity to educate you on the latest and greatest developments from tooth whitening and shaping to invisible braces.

We look forward to seeing you at your next “recare” appointment.

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