Keep Your Smile Healthy With Regular Care
I believe we are able to help patients get started in a really, really great lifelong means of taking care of themselves. We educate them, so they understand what causes the problems. What is the problem behind the problem that they’re experiencing? “I’ve got cavities. Why do I have so many cavities?” Do we talk about types of food they’re consuming? Are there any medications that they may be on that could be contributing to that? Are there particular special treats that they might eat too often or perhaps leave behind? Once they’ve been educated as to the importance of home care and regular office visits for capturing small problems when they’re in as tiny a state where they can be treated easily and less expensively, that’s good.
If they are trained and evaluated in sort of a coaching relationship, if you will, all right, you’ve done an awesome job with home care. This is an area that doesn’t look like you’re doing as good a job as you could be if you expend a little extra effort in this area, and perhaps add some things to your normal routine, brushing with baking soda, very inexpensive to do. Add it to your routine. Tastes yucky, but it works really good. Cleans off plaque, and will keep you from getting new cavities. The baking soda neutralizes bacteria acids. We need just common things that most people may have heard of one time or another, but have never put it into, “How can I utilize that to help take care of my teeth, take care of my body, and do better with that?”
When patients come in through the door, and they’re joining our family of patients here, we treat them as if they were a daughter, a son, a grandchild, a grandparent. And my concern in my own family is having all of those people be as healthy as possible. Why? Because they have things to do, they have places to go, and they have people to meet. So, our focus as a holistic office is to make sure that everything in dentistry enhances other aspects of their life to allow them to accomplish the things that they would like to do. That holistic approach, whole body approach, and philosophy behind that makes a huge difference in the focus how we treat people, and enable them to do better in their lives.