Now that you are a dental assistant after taking many dental hygiene continuing education courses, you can play a huge role in helping people to take care of their oral health. Oral health is so incredibly important because poor oral health can lead to so many health issues. Apart from the obvious problems in the mouth itself, such as those that can affect the teeth and gums, it can also cause heart disease.
Poor oral hygiene is also thought to cause problems such as strokes, diabetes and even lung problems. So you see, neglecting oral hygiene can have severe repercussions. As a dental assistant, you can offer patients some golden advice, both young and old, not only on proper oral health, but you can teach them the importance of the gums as well.
1. Teach Clients To Floss
Flossing is one of those things that many people might decide to skip, especially if you’re a kid! As a dental assistant, you can not only make your clients understand the importance of regular flossing, but you can also teach them the proper way to do it. There is a right way and a wrong way, but it is better to floss the wrong way than not at all. Flossing is a way to dislodge food stuck between teeth but it is also a way to stimulate the gums.
Patients need to floss at least once a day, however, some patients who don’t usually floss may roll their eyes. You can advise them to start twice a week. They may be okay with that and then eventually, they can do it once a day.
2. Advise Them On Using A Mouthwash
Using a mouthwash is part of good oral hygiene and it does not require much effort or time. However, like flossing, there is a proper way to do this. Tell clients to look at the suggested time on the brand they use, but if they don’t know how to check, they can usually swish it about in their mouth for 20 to 30 seconds. They should never swallow it either and if possible, they should not eat or drink for around half an hour after using the mouthwash.
3. Brushing Regularly
Teach and advise clients that regular brushing is also an excellent way to help keep their gums healthy. It is one of the ways to help prevent gum disease, though brushing alone is not good enough. Many people may think that they brush twice or even three times a day and that should be good enough to keep clear of gum disease.
While brushing twice a day will play a part, on its own, it won’t be good enough and patients need to understand that. You will also need to explain to them the importance of their toothbrush. Softer bristles are gentler on the gums and should be highly recommended. They should also change their brush every 3 months.
4. Regular Dental Checkups
Explain to clients the importance of regular dental checkups to help keep their gums (and teeth) healthy. In fact, it is arguably the most important part in keeping your gums healthy. This is because regular visits can spot problems that can be stopped and taken care of before it gets out of hand. Some problems can be reversed while others may be permanent.
As a dental assistant, you can help them maintain healthy gums and teeth and even play a role in their long-term health with the advice you give them. Clients will be grateful to you and you feel proud that you were able to help them with the best advice.