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Who’s Your Dentist?

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s important to choose the best. The best dentists provide their patients with unique services that all dentists should provide, but usually don’t.

Besides the routine treatments of examination, cleaning, polishing and other minor services, there are many more high-level procedures that good dentists should provide to their patients.

For example, dentists should routinely cancer screen patients, as well as charting all of their existing and required dental restorations. All the information should be recorded in an efficient customer management system, used to accurately manage and follow patient improvement. This will ensure that any abnormal changes, indicating possible malignant growths or other problems, do not go unnoticed. If these symptoms are caught early, illness can usually be prevented.

All patients require instructions on oral hygiene technique that are specific to their circumstances. For example, the amount of toothpaste needed when brushing teeth is not the same for all people. Children should only use a pea-sized amount, whereas adults will need approximately twice this amount. Smokers, coffee and tea drinkers should regularly use whitening toothpaste to ensure that temporary teeth stains from these substances do not become permanent. Furthermore, both adults and children should floss daily. A good dentist will advise patients on how to maintain healthy teeth.

Patients should also receive customized diet counseling. This includes advice on how to avoid foods that are cariogenic, causing tooth decay and cavities. Examples include candy, soft drinks, cakes, and other acidic foods. After consuming these foods, the surface of the tooth (enamel) can become soft and permeable, attracting bacteria, decay and worse. It is important not to brush the teeth at this point, as the tooth surface can be brushed away. Instead, the mouth should be rinsed with water to remove the excess sugar and bacteria, and then brushed about thirty minutes later.

A good dentist will insist on regular check ups for young children, so that a lifetime of problems can be prevented before they start. It is also advisable for children to brush their own teeth, with adult help, from about three years of age, in order to develop good tooth-brushing skills. Parents should try to discourage any thumb sucking habits, as these may lead to orthodontic problems later in life.

The best dentists will be committed to ensuring your teeth remain as good as they are now, or even better. We all know that prevention is better than cure, and there is no area where this is truer than with your own teeth!