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.
London dentist registered in the UK since 2008. His mission is to improve patient health & appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life.