You know that poor dental health leads to serious problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease, but do your patients know the real impact of their bad habits? Their daily soda habit, or cigarette addiction, could lead to expensive and dangerous diseases of the gums, teeth, and mouth.
As a dentist, you know it’s your responsibility to help educate patients on the dangers of gum disease, but it’s not always easy. In this article, we’re going to try and help. Here are facts on gum disease and advice on how to take better care of your gums that you can pass along to your patients.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Educate your patients on gum disease by giving them the facts. Try to avoid medical jargon, keep it simple, stay positive about courses of action, and always answer questions. Here are a few facts on the dangers of gum disease:
Use these facts in educational materials like blog posts, social media posts, videos, pamphlets or posters but also keep them in mind for your conversations with patients. When someone is in your chair and you’ve noticed signs of gingivitis or irritated gums, bring up proper home oral health tips and hand over a few resources or pamphlets with more information.
Once things progress as far as periodontal disease, education is a lesser priority because you need to act fast to save those teeth. However, these conversations are difficult to have with patients. It is always important to try and educate before issues progress too far. Keep it simple at first, use these five bad dental hygiene habits to help steer patients in the right direction:
Start When They’re Young
The best way to avoid a health issue is with preventative care. In the dental industry, preventative care looks like brushing and flossing at home every day, visiting the dentist regularly, practicing good dental hygiene habits, and teaching patients while they’re young.
77 percent of children in the U.S. receive preventative dental care. However it’s still up to professionals, physicians and dentists, to not only work on health issues, but educate patients to prevent problems in the first place. You can help teach parents proper tooth-brushing techniques for their kids like brushing away from the gums and brushing for at least two minutes to help prevent cavities and gingivitis.
Unfortunately, in some cases, periodontal intervention can’t be avoided. When you have to break the bad news to a patient, use these tips to give a positive spin to the conversation.
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