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Why Dental Teams and Patients Need to Work Together

posted August 21st, 2020

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  • Why Dental Teams and Patients Need to Work Together

As a patient, it is easy to assume that the hard work falls to dental professionals when it comes to caring for teeth and gums. However, it’s not simply enough to attend a rare checkup and hope for the best.

As a patient, it is easy to assume that the hard work falls to dental professionals when it comes to caring for teeth and gums. However, it’s not simply enough to attend a rare checkup and hope for the best. Though dentists can provide valuable insight and treatment, patients need to work alongside them in order to ensure maximum benefits. This is something that benefits patients hugely, which in turn has major health benefits.

Working Together to Achieve Maximum Health Outcomes

When it comes to achieving and maintaining good oral health and overall health, it is important for dental teams and patients to work together. Though dental professionals have the training and experience to provide information, guidance and treatment in regards to caring for teeth and gums it is up to the patient to complete oral hygiene measures at home. By doing so, maximum health outcomes can be achieved. Not only will teeth and gums benefit, but overall health will benefit also. After all, a dentist cannot oversee that you are brushing and flossing regularly. Similarly, a dentist cannot make you book a dental appointment the moment you notice an issue.

The job of a dental professional is not to simply check teeth and gums for any problems, it’s to recommend solutions to those problems and create a treatment plan. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a range of other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, so it is vitally important that patients work with dental professionals to do their bit. Though a dentist can recommend a course of treatment, the patient must participate in order to get things done. For example, a dentist may recommend more rigorous brushing and regular flossing but it’s up to the patient to ensure this happens.

At Bite Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure that we work in partnership with our patients to achieve the maximum health outcomes. We understand the strong link between oral health and overall health, which is why we do everything we can to keep oral health and overall health levels as high as possible for our valued patients. Our dental team doesn't only focus on oral health, but overall health too. To find out more about Bite Dentistry or any of our dental treatments, get in touch with our helpful team.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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