Each Patient Is Unique

Dental_CareOne of the concepts in modern American life that is the LEAST applicable to dental care is the idea that “one size fits all.” That can be a wonderful idea if we’re talking about a hat, or an accessory like a necklace, but it’s a terrible idea to adhere to if we’re talking about your dental health.

When it comes to dental care, there are a number of factors that can impact the options that your dentist may offer to address challenges to your oral health. Let’s look at a few common situations and how an individual’s background can influence which treatment is prescribed or suggested.

Dental care to match your unique circumstances

  1. Dentures vs. implants. When you’re missing an entire arch of teeth, you’ll need something to replace them. But what you chose can be impacted by a number of factors. If you need a restoration that is easy to clean and replace, you may want your dentist to help you get a set of removable dentures. If, on the other hand, you speak for a living and you need your replacement option to provide greater stability in speaking and eating that conventional dentures can provide, you may want to discuss implant-supported dentures with your dentist.
  2. Dental visits. Many of us grew up hearing that we should come in twice a year for a dental care check-up. That cadence is fine for some patients, but there are many reasons that your dentist may ask you to come in more often. Some of these include a history of periodontal (gum) disease or cavities, or if you are a smoker. In each of these circumstances, it’s important that your dental care team examines your mouth more frequently to ensure your oral health remains strong.
  3. Whole-body (systemic) conditions that impact dental care. Finally, there are health conditions that affect your mouth just as significantly as the rest of your body. One of the most common of these conditions is diabetes. This disease can influence your susceptibility to gum disease, increase your likelihood of experiencing dry mouth, and may leave you more prone to contracting thrush or other fungal infections.

“At our practice, we get to know our patients on an individual level, so that the dental care we provide addresses all of their unique challenges,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with an office in central Phoenix.

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