Avoid dental problems with poor oral hygiene

People who maintain a good oral hygiene program can prevent dental conditions such as gum disease, cavities and tooth loss in the future says a Dentist in Dubai.  However, it is evident that maintaining good oral hygiene is a global health challenge, and educating people on the prevention and problems resulting in poor oral hygiene is providing to be increasingly difficult.

The Dubai Dentistry has stressed the need for a good oral care regime from an early age. It is important for dentists, hygienists and specialists, to do their part and ensure that patient’s get the best possible care and commitment to eradicate diseases associated with poor oral hygiene, such as gum disease. Most Dental Clinics in Dubai offer a variety dental care in Dubai including prevention and treatment of oral disease with specific advice on, prevention, nutrition, use of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants and teeth bleaching and other procedures.

A leading general dentist in Dubai identified poor education on oral care facilities, lack of facilities, negligence and ignorance of a good oral care regime, cultural habits, motivation to look after teeth, lack of up to date knowledge of treatment and prevention by health care practitioners who do not have access to regular training as contributing factors to poor oral care.

Some of the best ways to create awareness to good oral hygiene and especially among children is the use of good oral hygiene tips displayed in schools, mobile oral health checks, introduction of dental hygiene apps and online education using fun games for children, using children’s role models, icons and heroes, to promote good oral health, cards of icons via any media, a reminder system for regular dental checkups and keeping appointments have been identified as very effective methods in reaching the younger generation to follow a good oral care routine.

The system is very unlikely to hit home with the older generation who are set in their ways and not always flexible to modern approaches and promotional campaigns. However, the rationale for this is that when children are taught to take responsibility for something and make it a part of themselves, the adults are forced to accept it and modify their conduct.

In order to maintain good oral health it should be practiced along with a good diet consisting of a healthy food and nutrition is important. The consumption of sugar based food and fizzy drinks are the main culprits and should be eliminated from one’s diet. With children, eliminating sugar completely from their diet is impossible, therefore parent’s should make sure that sugar and sweets are eaten before a main meal or the child brushes and flosses immediately after consuming sugar or sugar based food.

However, having a good oral care regime is not enough to ensure good oral hygiene, regular visits to your dentist is also important to treat problems with oral health, children may need to visit the dentists at least twice a year and adults will need to do the same unless specified by the dentist.

Motivating patient’s to brush and floss their teeth

We all hear the importance of brushing and flossing teeth at least twice a day, but many people skip brushing and flossing, which is a crucial factor for good oral health, explains a general dentist in Dubai. Brushing as well as flossing helps adults and children, maintain the highest level of oral health possible because plaque, bacteria and other food particles can be removed from hard-to- reach places in-between the teeth. If these hard-to-reach areas are not cleaned properly, one can develop tooth decay in-between the teeth and will be more susceptible to tooth loss or require other dental procedures such as root canals.

Most Dental clinics in Dubai can take it upon themselves and motivate patients to brush and floss their teeth regularly  in many different ways and emphasize the importance of both, brushing and flossing of teeth. The following are methods in which the family dentist in Dubai creates awareness and motivates patients to brush and floss regularly,

  • Informative – Patients need to understand the importance of brushing and flossing, and being informed and educated on the subject would encourage them further to have good oral care routines. Most patients do not understand the imperative nature of brushing or flossing. Different printed material and informational flyers would be a great resource for patients to learn about the role of brushing and flossing. This is a very effective method that can be used to create awareness among children as well. In addition, when the dentist examines a patient’s teeth and it’s not evident that brushing and flossing is happening the way it should, the dentist should educate the patient about the benefits and importance of brushing and flossing. Having the dentist speak with an individual directly would likely encourage more brushing and flossing, as the patient will recognize the expertise of the dentist and pay attention to his suggestion. Once patients know more about the benefits of brushing and flossing and detriments from a lack thereof, they are more likely to share the information with the rest of the family as well.
  • Tooth Decay – No person would want their teeth to be harmed or experience tooth decay on purpose. It is important that both patient’s young and old understand that neglecting to brush and floss teeth makes them more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Dental offices must show all patient’s pictures of the benefits of brushing and flossing. For instance, a healthy smile with bright and clean teeth and healthy gums could be juxtaposed with a picture of teeth with yellow stains in between and tooth decay. Patient’s should know the disadvantages of neglecting oral hygiene, which is likely to motivate them to brush and floss and prevent any irreversible damage to their teeth and smile.
  • Provide extra dental favors – This motivational strategy is good for a dental center in Dubai who has an influx of younger patients, especially very small children. If the child appears to have very healthy gums and teeth from frequent brushing and flossing, then the dentist should offer small incentives such small toys, games, or stickers as positive reinforcement for them to continue their oral hygiene routine.