- it means providing explanation and education to patients, not just treatment; it means addressing not just teeth and gums but all the causative factors like the foods our patients eat and the drinks they choose to drink;
- it means listening to our patients to get a clear picture of their lives and having the ability to identify ways in which they can make small changes that can make big differences;
- It means thinking all the time how we can help improve their health remembering, ours is a caring profession and without genuine care we cannot be effective.
NQ Surgical Dentistry works with a qualified nutritionist as part of their comprehensive care.
I regularly refer patients to professional nutritionists for advice on how to reduce high-frequency dietary intake of refined carbohydrate and how to substitute foods to make better food choices with the least disruption to home life and the home budget.
Dental decay in children and proving comprehensive care.
Sadly I frequently get asked to treat children who have suffered from extensive dental decay and who are too young to accept the necessary dental treatment they need in the dental chair at the family dentist. These children in some cases may be suffering from infection including dental abscesses or pain arising from decay. The only option for these children is to treat them under general anaesthetic while they are asleep.
As part of our comprehensive care to our patients, parents should be made aware that if they have many fillings, the research shows that their children are likely to suffer the same outcome. This is a result of the dietary habits developed in the home. These are the parents who will see their children benefit most from changing the dietary habits and the joy of seeing their children grow up with healthy teeth, no fillings and a great smile. But advice is needed and you need to start with a good dental hygienist and a good nutritionist.
Adults too suffer from both extensive decay and from gum disease. If these conditions are left untreated, severe infections may follow and in the case of gum disease, the bone surrounding the affected teeth can be destroyed leading to mobile or loose teeth, infection and later abscess formation.
Often the dental disease has been left untreated because the patient is highly anxious of dental treatment and has simply avoided dental examinations or treatment for many years. In such cases treatment of advanced dental disease may involve the extraction of several teeth and/or numerous fillings. But before we attempt to save or remove the teeth, it is necessary to try to eliminate the causative factors that are leading to the dental disease in the first place.
The role of diet in dental decay
Diet plays a key role in causing dental decay. The intake of sugar-containing foods allows the bacteria to feed on the sugars and produce acid that attacks the tooth surfaces and causes cavities to form. Sugars also feed the bacteria that are closely associated with gum disease and hence the gum disease becomes more severe.
Diet is extremely important and the frequency with which sugars are ingested is the major contributing factor to the severity and progression of dental decay. Sugar must be limited to only main mealtimes and not ingested at any time between these meals. This may seem unnecessarily restrictive but it’s not. If this basic rule is ignored, decay will develop and in children, decay may become rampant throughout the baby teeth.
Contact the friendly team at NQ Surgical Dentistry today on (07) 4725 1656 or call in to see us at 183 Kings Rd, Pimlico QLD 4812
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