Helping a patient to take control of his or her own oral health remains one of the most satisfying and rewarding activities of my dental career. Educating patients and providing information empowers them to take control of their own health. Information about all the advanced procedure available in dentistry today is essential but the most important information is often the very basics in oral care and this knowledge fosters a desire to know more.
An informed patient will take control of his/her own oral health developing good habits and disciplines not only for him/herself but for the entire family.
Few people realize the dangers associated with poor oral health. Many are oblivious of the fact that more people lose their teeth due to gum related diseases than any other disease affecting the dentition. The important general health risks and hazards associated with gum disease are underestimated. Tooth loss is just the beginning of what could become serious general health concerns.
The best care your dentist can give you is by starting with a thorough examination of your gums. If you happened to have the following signs please consult your dentist ASAP:
* Red gums, swollen, tender or bleeding during flossing/brushing
* Loose teeth
* Bad breath
* Exposed root surfaces
Periodontal disease can affect your overall health seriously and remember, this is also called the “silent disease” for one reason; you are not aware of it since you do not necessarily experience any pain! Once your gums are healthy you can safely proceed with any further important treatment. Your dentist should be able to provide you with all the options of treatment varying from preventative, restorative or cosmetic care. The patient should always be in the fortunate position to make informed choices about the dental treatment required.
In the real world you and your partner, the dentist, can achieve Dental Health for Life with a perfect smile and receive the “razzle dazzle” as an extra bonus.
If a patient maintains good oral hygiene after completion of a treatment course, the 6 or 9-monthly visits to the dentist should only be to confirm that all is OK with an “all clear” stamp of approval, thus becoming proof that Dental Health for Life is indeed achievable and a fact not fiction.