We all know the basics of promoting good dental health: brush, floss, rinse, and repeat. Paired with visiting your Ottawa dentist on a regular basis, you’ll be able to ensure that your mouth is in top form. However, there are instances where proper oral care maintenance isn’t practiced and therefore creates more serious issues that are sometime become too far gone in a short amount of time to be remedied effectively.
A researcher from the University of Liverpool has developed a dental toolkit that may be able to help make more serious dental issues a thing of the past. “The new health professional’s toolkit features images of signs and symptoms and outlines how GPs and dentists should refer patients for further tests. Health professionals also accrue credit for their continued professional development by completing the toolkit.Professor Shaw, also a head and neck surgeon at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We know that the vast majority of oral cancer cases could be prevented, so it’s important that people know how to reduce the risk of the disease through lifestyle factors. ’Alongside this, it’s vital that GPs and dentists can spot signs and symptoms of the disease to help catch it early and that they feel confident in knowing the next steps they should take in referring patients for further tests.’”
Education and updated information is always the best way to prevent bad oral issues from either happening in the first place, or worsening. Contact your local Ottawa dental professional to find out more about how to prevent serious oral issues from occurring.