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Oral health & differing nature of dental practices

Dr. Kaketo Yepthomi, Proprietor, Beyond Smiles, Multispeciality Dental Clinic.1st floor, Odyuo''s Co
Published on 11 Apr. 2017 5:59 PM IST
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Oral health is an integral part of general health yet even educated people think that if nothing in their mouth hurts they are fine. High cholesterol doesn’t hurt either but it’s a big problem. General population are still unaware about the importance of Good Oral health.
 Our modern dental woes have a lot do to with modern whole-body ills like heart disease and diabetes. The culprit in both cases? The so-called fermentable carbohydrates forming the foundation of the modern diet. The sugar in the food breaks down into tooth-dissolving acids in the mouth, causing tooth decay and Gum disease.
Gum disease and tooth decay should be seen as "alarm bells" that signal a person is at risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. 
In recent years, fat has replaced fermentable carbohydrates as the enemy, which has led to the promotion of heavy carbohydrate consumption causing an increase in the incidence of dental decay and Gum disease.
Unhealthy mouth unleashes harmful bacteria into the blood stream where bugs travel to vital organs. 
As a result the chance of developing diabetes goes up. Stroke risk can quadruple and the risk of a heart attack can spike up to 14 times higher.
The need for dental interventions like sealant and fluoride applications to prevent tooth decay and regular professional Gum cleaning are something which many people are still unaware of.
Beyond the health aspect, Without saying a word, our mouth is sending messages to everyone we meet. People often make snap judgments about individuals based solely on the condition of their teeth. 
“This phenomenon was documented more than 25 years ago,” by Dr. Don Joondeph, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, referring to an eye-opening study in which photos of young smiling individuals were altered to show varying orthodontic problems and then reviewed by focus groups. 
When the focus groups looked at the altered photos they used unflattering terms such as ‘unattractive’ and ‘aggressive’ to describe the individuals.
 However, when groups saw photos of the same individuals with a healthy, beautiful smile, they were more likely to view the individuals as ‘intelligent,’ ‘attractive’ and ‘a friend I’d like to have. 
 More than ever, young people and adults want to be perceived as healthy, attractive and appealing to their peers and others. 
To obtain optimal oral health and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, It is recommended that, "In addition to proper brushing technique and regular flossing" everyone should see a dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning. This will ensure timely diagnosis of any potential or underlying problem and addressing it before it becomes an emergency.
The confidence and sense of self-esteem that comes with healthy, beautiful smiles is unmistakable. 
No two dental practices are alike! Each takes on the characteristics of the practitioner who owns it. The dentist's personality is reflected in his or her treatment preferences as well. The fact that different dentists will suggest different plans to treat your condition does not necessarily mean that one plan is better than another. 
In my experience, all dentists will suggest what they feel to be the very best plan for any given patient. The differences between the treatment suggested by one dentist and that of another reflects that dentists preferences based on his or her experience. Thus differing treatment plans do not necessarily reflect any deficiency in either dentist's judgment. 
It is important to remember that there are numerous ways to treat the same situation, and it is always important for the dentist to tailor the treatment plan for each patient's specific circumstances. A major part of those circumstances may be financial, and since different treatment plans can vary a great deal in cost.
Think of treatment plans like various models of cars offered by different dealers. 
All of the models are new, have warranties and will work well out of the lot. 
The higher end models, however have some advantages not found in the less expensive models. Some options add years to the life of the car. Some add to the appearance and enjoyment of driving it. Dental treatment plans are like that too. Saving a badly damaged tooth with a root canal and a crown will preserve it for a long time, but it is expensive, and the patient may opt for a much less expensive extraction instead. Some practitioners prefers to keep their treatment fees unfairly low by using cheap import materials to suit their patients need. 
Replacing a missing tooth may be done with an expensive implant or fixed bridge(which remains in the mouth and is not removable), or a much less expensive removable partial denture. A dentist should be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various options, and allow the patient to make the decision. 
All dentists who have graduated from an accredited dental school should be technically competent to perform any procedure that they personally feel comfortable performing. 
But it is important to remember that each one is an individual, and no two dentists can perform exactly the same technical procedure in exactly the same way. 
As a matter of fact, no single dentist can perform exactly the same procedure exactly the same way twice in a row! How well your filling turns out depends as much on how wide you can open your mouth as it does on the technical qualifications and skills of the dentist himself. 
 By and large, Dentists are honest people who have the best interest of their patients at heart. 

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