The FDI Dental World Federation recently published a new definition of oral health that was quickly adopted by more than 200 dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. According to Dr. Michael Glick and other ADA representatives, “A common definition can bring stakeholders together to advocate for the importance of oral health; to influence and shape parameters of care, health policies, research, education, and reimbursement models; and to shape the future of our profession.” Ideally the new definition will facilitate an increased focus on the importance of oral health worldwide. How oral health is defined within individual dental practices also has direct ramifications on patient health.
“Oral health is the absence of pain.”
Granted, it’s unlikely any dental professionals would choose to use this definition, but patients often rely on the absence of pain as a benchmark for oral health. Patients using this definition can feel justified in cancelling or skipping preventative visits.
“Oral health is the absence of disease.”
While the traditional definition of oral health reflects a priority on preventing and treating caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer, there are a host of other oral conditions not considered to be diseases. This definition overlooks alignment, esthetics, and function, among others, which most dental professionals choose to address with their patients. Using this definition of oral health may lead patients to devalue oral health recommendations outside the parameters of “disease”.
“Oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.”
Instead of focusing on what oral health is not, this new definition adopted by the FDI outlines all of the benefits that good oral health provides. Not only does this broaden the scope of what’s included in oral health, it also creates a value proposition for professional dental care that can and should be shared with patients.
During patient conversations, provide education about the importance of oral health and all that it encompasses to motivate patients to keep their appointments and accept treatment. For help with patient education, contact your Henry Schein representative or request a free in-office Total Health workshop.
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ACTEON is excited to introduce PSPIX, the first-ever personal imaging plate scanner. PSPIX is an affordable way to save time and increase the efficiency of your practice’s intraoral imaging process.December 23, 2016 | Category Product Videos
DENTSPLY Professional and Cavitron® are proud to introduce the DiamondCoat™ Ultrasonic Insert, a specialized insert from the Cavitron® family of ultrasonic scalers.
This module will introduce you to the benefits of the DiamondCoat™ Ultrasonic Insert and show how the Cavitron® brand once again raises the bar by providing clinicians with improved scaling and root planing effectiveness during the treatment of periodontal disease.December 22, 2016 | Category OSHA & HIPAA
Critical instruments may be sterilized unwrapped only if they are for immediate use and are transported to the point of use in a sterile covered container. Semi-critical instruments that will be used immediately may be sterilized unwrapped on a tray or in a covered container, but must be handled aseptically when removing from the sterilizer and transporting to the point of use.
In most cases, it makes far more sense to wrap or place in a sterilization pouch to sterilize instruments as this allows instruments to maintain sterility indefinitely. For questions about sterilization and infection control, contact your Henry Schein representative to schedule training.December 20, 2016 | Category Product Videos
This video features iBOND Total Etch—a state-of-the-art Total Etch adhesive product that’s based on an Etch & Rinse (two-step) bonding system. iBOND Total Etch not only leads the industry in high bond strength to both enamel and dentin, but also ensures optimal marginal adaptation and is ideal for desensitizing hypersensitive areas.December 16, 2016 | Category Product Videos
ScanX Swift™ enables you to get 100% of the images you need using a compact chairside digital intraoral imaging system that produces crystal-clear images in 9 seconds or less – and captures 17 to 38% more image area. Swift’s thin, flexible cordless phosphor sensors provide unmatched patient comfort, fit where wired sensors do not, and are so durable they can be reused hundreds of times. ScanX Swift™ from Air Techniques™, for digital imaging without limits.December 14, 2016 | Category Product Videos
This module will introduce you to Moist SURE™ products and show how they enable dentists, hygienists and office staff to enjoy professional-level protection without the irritating side effects of frequent hand washing.December 9, 2016 | Category Product Videos
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While the dental community has long understood the impact sugar plays in the development of tooth decay, we have only recently begun to recognize the pervasiveness of sugar in our food supply. Added sugar is present in virtually all processed foods and drinks, to the detriment of our oral health and our overall health. We must examine what role the dental profession should play in the war on sugar.
The New Zealand Dental Association has decided to start with one of the most damaging combinations of sugar and acidity – soda. This group is demanding labeling changes that will help consumers more easily understand the amount of sugar they are consuming in these sweetened drinks. By visually illustrating the amount of sugar in teaspoons instead of simply listing the milliliters per serving, consumers would be able to make more educated beverage decisions.
While improved labeling is important for consumer education, we must also motivate patients to want to reduce their sugar intake. Do your patients understand the connection between sugar intake and obesity, diabetes, and other systemic diseases? Dental teams are the educational resource most patients rely on for oral health information. Make sugar and nutrition a part of your conversations with patients. Use educational tools, like the improved sugar labeling, that patients can understand and relate to. Educated patients will make educated choices.
For help talking to patients about nutrition and their health, request a complimentary Total Health workshop for your dental team.December 2, 2016 | Category Product Videos
Medicom’s Pro-Tip Turbo gives you everything you want and need in an air and water syringe tip. As a single-use product it protects your patients from infection. Its double-chamber design provides perfect air and water separation, giving you instant dry air free of water contamination. Pro-Tip Turbo’s exclusive locking system ensures that your syringe tip will not come off during a procedure. And it fits with all syringes and a wide range of converters.← Older posts