As dental care professionals, making sure our patients’ oral health is as good as it can be is of the upmost importance to us. We focus on making sure that our patients have stable mouths that don’t deteriorate due to what are essentially completely preventable diseases.
We’re keen to ensure that patients are brushing (most commonly with an electric toothbrush) and flossing correctly, and frequently enough in a way that doesn’t cause any damage to their oral health. Patients who are re-energised, reinvigorated and motivated to take care of their mouths at home makes the biggest difference between having patients who are stable and healthy versus patients whose oral health is deteriorating.
However, I have to hold my hands up and say that there is one large aspect of the oral health message that we have not been so focused on sharing with our patients, and that’s the role that the humble toothbrush bristles play in effectively cleaning teeth. I have spoken to other colleagues and I think this is something that, universally, as a profession we probably don’t communicate well enough.Read More