What Motivates You?

I have found over the years in practicing dentistry that there are basically two motivational directions that cause patients to seek help at our dental office. On the surface, they may seem the same but are really very different. For some it is moving away from disease, for others it is moving toward health. There is no right or wrong answer here. I happily see both in our practice. It is helpful for me to understand the patient’s perspective so that I can best present the treatment that is most in touch with the wants and desires that the patient has.

Motivated Away From Disease

The patient oriented toward movement away from disease tends to be more reactive. “Oh, I have a cavity? Let’s fix it” or “I don’t like that my gums bleed,” “I cracked my tooth and now it hurts.” It is the knowledge that something is wrong, and they want that issue addressed is the prime motivation. Once the fire is out this patient is content with where he or she is. This tends to be a more reactive, single tooth or episodic care treatment approach.

Motivated Towards Health & Wellness

The patient that is motivated toward health looks at the bigger picture. “What can I do to ensure that my mouth will be comfortable, with minimal risk of future breakdown.” “Is there something I can do now so my teeth don’t become worn, gums stay healthy and will need minimal to less dentistry as I age?” This orientation requires a broader view of the teeth, gums, joints (TMJ) and muscles that control the joints and interaction of the teeth when chewing. My knowing that a patient’s orientation is toward wellness helps to create treatment options that are congruent with their beliefs.

So, when my patients hear me ask questions about their motivational direction, there is a reason for it. The better I can understand my patients, the better my dental practice can serve them. I will always give my patients their options for addressing their concerns. In the end, it is about finding the right solution for my patients. One size doesn’t fit all.

With wishes for good health,
Dr. James Hasken


About James A. Hasken, DDS

Since 1987, Dr. James Hasken has been providing HEALTH-FOCUSED DENTISTRY in McHenry. Being Health-Focused means that we provide you with the information and coaching to help you toward your oral health goals. Our approach is INTEGRATIVE DENTAL MEDICINE which is about identifying how the BODY, BREATHING, BACTERIA, and BITE effects total health. This puts you, the patient, at the center with a focus on prevention, fostering the development of healthy behaviors, and skills for effective self-control and care that can be used for a lifetime to attain optimum health. The mouth is a reflection of total body health. We would love the opportunity to help you attain the level of total body health you desire. We serve many patients from McHenry, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Richmond, Genoa City, Twin Lakes, Wonder Lake, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Ringwood, Volo, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Holiday Hills, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, Geneva Lake, and surrounding areas. We invite you to contact us today at 815-385-0777!