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How People Learn: Adapting Patient Education to Individual Learning Styles

The days of rote learning in schools are over. Today, many educators strive to employ all kinds of learning techniques packed into one lesson plan in order to reach all the different learning styles in the classroom. "But what does this have to do with going to the dentist," you may be wondering?

Doesn’t it make sense to follow the same path of today’s educators when it comes to educating patients?When you are a patient of Wellness Centered Dentistry, we take your individual learning style(s) into consideration when teaching you how to care for your teeth and gums.

Following are the seven different learning styles briefly explained. Most people will find they have more than one learning style, typically with one being the dominant way a person learns. Which learning styles do you have? 

  1. Visual learner:  You learn by using pictures and images.

  2. Auditory learner:  You learn by the use of sound and music.

  3. Verbal learner:  You learn by using words through writing and speech.

  4. Kinesthetic learner:  You learn by doing.  

  5. Logical learner:  You learn by employing logic and reason.

  6. Social learner:  You learn by participating in groups.

  7. Solitary learner:  You like to learn alone.  

We strive to cater to as many learning styles as possible when it comes to your individual patient education! For example, for those patients who learn visually, we use illustrations to show you how to properly brush your teeth. If you are a visual learner, we communicate proper brushing techniques verbally. For logical learners, we explain the rationale behind the nuances of proper oral hygiene; and to appeal to our kinesthetic learners, we use a mirror and actually show you how to perfect your brushing technique!

At Wellness Centered Dentistry, we believe patient education is paramount to maintaining exceptional oral health. We stay abreast of the latest research in education to make sure we are applying the best education strategies for you and your family’s overall dental health.

To make an appointment with Dr. Hsu, call us today at 425-882-1354.  


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