The oral health promotion philosophy is a different approach to dentistry. It’s a preventive approach compared to traditional dentistry.
This philosophy was originated in the Scandinavian countries in the 70’s. It deals mainly with the understanding about the process of the dental decay and the disease on the gums.
In traditional dentistry, the dentist acts mainly as a mechanicist restorative agent. Patients go to the dentist to check for problems and fix them. In the end, they go home with zero understanding of what is going on in their mouth.
In the oral health promotion, the dentist acts more as a guide. We try to clarify and share knowledge with our patient, empowering them to intervene in the process of the disease by changing certain behaviours and perceptions about how it happens.
The prevalent diseases we have in our mouth are the dental decay and the disease on the gums.
Both of them are caused by bacteria that accumulate in the areas we don’t touch.
What happens is that we tend to concentrate our cleaning in the central areas and other areas we just don’t reach.
In the areas we don’t touch bacteria will develop and once they develop they will be able to cause the disease.
So, if we understand the process of the disease, we can intervene in this process and stop it from happening. We can have a very healthy oral cavity and a very good smile.
Dr Italo Carpes Moraes explains preventive approach vs traditional dentistry and how to keep a healthy smile.
It might be perfectly fine if we do not go to the dentist regularly. Although we need to have perfectly clear how oral diseases work and how we can keep free of them.
The dentist should have the role of a guide rather than a “fixer”. If we have all understood and explained, we should be able to be totally free from diseases like dental decay and gum disease.
The sooner we are explained how to prevent and not have disease at all, higher are the chances that we spend our whole life with our teeth and gums healthy and intact.
We are not destined to have “bad teeth”. In fact we can stop having bad teeth at any time in life. And it is in our hands, not in the dentist’s.
Information is the key point!
London dentist registered in the UK since 2008. His mission is to improve patient health & appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life.