As a general dentist, I urge my patients to commit to visiting the dentist at least twice a year.
Bruce L. Cassis, D.D.S., MAGD
President, Academy of General Dentistry
A regular visit to the dentist can potentially protect a patient from severe illnesses because, as general dentists, we now include important healthcare screenings and utilize new technologies to improve oral health and the overall well-being of our patients.
Introducing new healthcare screenings and technologies to the dental practice is bridging the gap between the medical and dental sectors, and reshaping the future of dentistry.
Most people think general dentists only care about what goes on in the mouth — gingivitis, cavities, halitosis, extractions, fillings, root canals, and other basic oral health concerns. In reality, we screen for the onset of additional health challenges like hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, and oral cancer.
General dentists have known that most undiagnosed health conditions begin within the oral cavity and can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time. However, the early onset of many of these conditions can be seen in the deterioration of oral health. That is why seeing your general dentist regularly can have a huge impact on improving your overall health.
As general dentists, we are working to bridge the gap of healthcare by screening patients, and providing referrals and recommendations to medical providers for treatment when appropriate.
New and innovative technologies are reshaping opportunities for my practice to improve a patient’s care and experience in my office. They help us communicate with our patients, check in more regularly on their needs, and be better prepared so appointments can run more smoothly.
I’m especially excited about the new laser technologies in dentistry that allow me to treat patients effectively and less invasively with outstanding results. Lasers reduce postoperative discomfort, and support faster and cleaner healing of all tissues.
We can also work with patients to improve their smiles and overall quality of life through dental implants. These treatments are now fairly common and less invasive, with much better long-term outcomes. The key is to work with a general dentist who has completed the training on the technology that supports these treatments in order to maximize the benefits of this expanding area in dentistry.
Without a doubt, technology is transforming our lives, and this is especially true in dentistry. That means it’s more important than ever to work with a dental professional who can guide you through your options.
Utilizing the latest in dental technology has expanded my abilities and allowed me to provide my patients with the best, most comfortable treatments available. The key is to see your general dentist regularly so you can discuss new clinical treatments together, and understand what tools and techniques they use to improve your care.
Technology is truly a win-win for patients and general dentists. You can find a general dentist through the Academy of General Dentistry.