As the population of untreated dental disease continues to expand, along with more focused attention being paid to the oral-systemic link, dentistry will find itself in cross-hairs to increase access and reduce disease.
Have you ever had a tough time convincing your patient to brush and floss? After this week’s recent debacle about no flossing, I think we can all agree, improving oral hygiene is a challenge for most patients. With anti-flossing ads stringing across every media site, let’s review seven ways you can increase oral hygiene in your orthodontic patients.
Where did doctors and team members learn to communicate? Certainly not in school! Ultimately, understanding how to effectively communicate with patients and even your team members can make or break any practice.
Imagine my surprise when I heard someone talking about an interdisciplinary team comprised of the receptionist, dental assistant, practice manager, dentist and dental hygienist. I suppose that’s right but a true interdisciplinary team refers to medical disciplines, like dentistry, cardiology, respiratory, chiropractor, oncology and pediatrics to name a few. That’s the best way to treat the whole patient.
According to New analysis from The Pew Charitable Trust’s Dental Campaign, these communities enjoy fewer dental visits and preventative treatment than the white population and suffer more untreated tooth decay and tooth loss.