Improving Patient Awareness
For Optimal Caries Detection and Treatment
THE NEXT DDS
After hearing this audio clip, the listener should:
the importance of discussing dental caries risk with patients
- Know some
additional treatment methods and strategies for high-risk caries patients
It goes without saying that dental students and clinicians
alike should instruct their patients on the importance of maintaining a proper oral
healthcare regimen, as well as keeping regular dental appointments for cleanings.
Dental caries remains one of the most common diseases experienced by patients throughout
the world. Although patients may not experience pain or view any difference in their
own dentition, caries may still be present. It is, therefore, important for you
to effectively communicate to your current clinic patients and future patients
in your practice the impact of regular professional cleanings and checkups to
ensure that any dental caries are detected early on.
JB, William Robbins J, Schwartz RS. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry:
A Contemporary Approach. 2nd ed. Carol Stream, IL:
Quintessence Publishing; 2001:31.