At Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Glen Marsack and staff pride themselves in providing high-quality dentistry and gentle patient care. Do your patients understand how maintaining a good oral hygiene routine can help keep good dental and oral health? Are you providing the best dental care possible to your patients ensuring that they will come back?
Brushing and Flossing – Back to Basics
It’s not enough to teach patients on how to properly brush and floss (though that is important), but that they understand why they are doing it. Because of how quickly plaque can build up, even short periods of inattention can start to cause problems such as gum irritation. It is important that your patients understand how their due diligence is as important a step in their preventive health as those semi-annual visits.
As most people probably know it is best to prevent problems before they happen. At Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, we prioritize and provide complete dental exams and comprehensive oral exams. We also provide home care plans and instructions and brushing and flossing instructions. The more informed a patient is, the more ownership they are likely to have over their oral health. This applies especially to younger patients. Their first few experiences in your practice can have a lasting effect on their commitment to oral health and building trust.
If any issues are detected, this trust allows a patient to trust your judgment when it comes to recommended treatment options if you find an issue at their next dental exam.
Some helpful questions for both children and adults can help highlight the importance the importance of preventive visits.
· Do your patients know the importance of diet and oral health? And how a diet low in carbohydrates can result in fewer cavities?
· Do your patients know that they should be brushing twice a day? And for at least 2 minutes?
· Do parents know about dental sealants and how they can help prevent cavities in children?
Talk to your patients about their role in maintaining good oral health. Even those who have good oral hygiene benefit from preventive dental visits. Some dental issues aren’t known until they become a bigger problem. Those who make regular visits to their dentist end up needing fewer procedures or less dental treatments throughout their lives.