The incidence of childhood dental caries in the poorest areas of Scotland is 30 percent higher than in the least deprived areas. The British Dental Association is calling for the Scottish government to work harder and faster to address this inequality. Is oral health inequality like this the norm, or is this an exception?
The challenges of patient motivation are clear. So, how can we increase patient compliance and convince patients that prevention is important? How can we ensure patients leave the clinic empowered to combat gum disease?
Attending a dental convention can be overwhelming. Educational panels, shiny new technology and product representatives all vie for your attention while you hustle through a hall filled with colleagues you haven’t yet met.
Sometimes the pace of a dental appointment feels like you are moving at the speed of light. After a health history review, X-rays and cleaning, a dentist’s individual time with a patient can be limited. We must be ready to use the valuable moments we have for patient empowerment and education.
Dentists have an advantage when it comes to oral cancer screenings. We have ample lighting, accessible medical histories and a bird’s-eye view of a supine patient’s mouth.
Chronic diseases not only affect senior dental patients’ overall health, but may also have negative effects on their oral health. A key part of geriatric dentistry is helping elderly patients maintain a healthy mouth when they are coping with a systemic condition.
Marketing your practice to attract patients and convincing them to return to you for quality care are two distinct challenges. One key part of patient retention is patient satisfaction, but it can be a hard metric to measure.
If you had mentioned evidence based dentistry (EBD) to me during my time at dental school, I most likely would have rolled my eyes. Caught up in learning specific studies and statistics, it was easy to forget the importance of having scientific evidence behind every treatment and decision. However, evidence is key to delivering good patient outcomes in dentistry.
74% of the general population is affected by dentin hypersensitivity. Many people may think that it’s just a way of life. Luckily, there are ways to avoid and perhaps ease discomfort. Check-out our patient education infographic on dentin hypersensitivity, which is perfect for use in your waiting room or office.
New research from Colgate reveals how little we know about the health of our mouths despite 84% of Europeans claiming to lead a healthy lifestyle. More than nine in 10 say they proactively look after their health (93%) but only 15% of the respondents polled across Europe view the health of their mouth as a priority.