With all the new hardware in your mouth, you have likely noticed that there are many places for food and plaque to get caught. Cleaning your teeth will now take more than a toothbrush to clean around the orthodontic brackets and wires.
Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry, but, as is well-known, this is not without complications. On a yearly basis, approximately 12 million implants are placed globally, meaning that there is a large population of patients at risk of developing peri-implant disease. To create the best conditions for a long-lasting result, these patients all need individualized maintenance care, based on a thorough risk assessment.
As dental professionals, most of the work we do as a matter of routine may be considered insane. For example, we work in a small dark area all day; we are constantly told that patients would rather be other places; and we are members of one of the most feared professions.
Dental visits can go many different ways. If you have history with and enjoy your hygienist, you will probably chat and catch up on life. If they are new to you, you may critique him or her, comparing them to the last dental hygienist.
Ahhh, the media. It can help us educate our patients or it can really make our jobs much harder. Many of you may have seen the Daily Mail’s article or the Today Show’s segment (see below) on the demise of the need to floss.