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Pearland Dentist: “The Importance of Educating Our Dental Patients”

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It’s common knowledge that dental patients do not have the same amount of dental knowledge as dentists. They haven’t spent years in medical school, nor have they spent the same time in people’s mouth – cleaning, removing, placing braces, and keeping the oral health of individuals intact.

This doesn’t mean that patients shouldn’t know their way around a healthy mouth. Educating patients on how to continue a healthy lifestyle – orally – is a huge part of our job and passion at Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists in Pearland.

Informing you of how to better take care of your teeth and your family’s teeth will only help us do a better job protecting you and will keep you from having to undergo any invasive dental procedures. The fact of the matter is that being better informed of how to have a healthier mouth will also lend itself to producing a healthier life overall.

Oral Health’s Connection to the Top 5 Killers

According to the Office of the Surgeon General, 80 percent of people have some form of periodontal disease, which provides an easy inlet for the top five killers: cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This is how important your oral health is. Protecting your teeth and mouth early, especially as children, should be considered a vital part of your everyday dental routine. In fact, it should be part of your overall health routine. Cleaning your teeth should be regarded as part of your overall hygiene and not separate from it.

Dr. Celeste Mohr, general dentist at Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists, believes it is extremely important to have a relationship with each patient that allows them to speak openly and honestly about their oral health. She knows the importance behind being able to tell patients all the dangers they are currently facing or could possibly if they don’t continue to defend against plaque and other dental germs.

Plaque buildup, food buildup, and just not brushing and flossing regularly could lead to more “simplified” problems like gum disease, cavities, and other issues, but they could also lead to the more “serious” aforementioned problems. Any situation that causes harm to your oral health is serious and should be addressed with your dentist.

Why We Care About Your Oral Health

“There are some people who genetically their families may have had diabetes and then we also have a population of people that have become more overweight and that’s leading to more diabetes and I think that has to do with a little bit of periodontal disease,” says Mohr. “I think there is a correlation between all these different things. So it’s important for us to sit down with our patient, educate them, and not be embarrassed to educate them, and not let them feel like they can’t talk to us also.”

Keeping an open line of communication between the various dental professionals at our Pearland dental office and our patients is the best way to make sure every patient remains as healthy as possible. Personal care for our patients is a big part of our daily routine.

“We need to make our patients feel comfortable and I think that we do that,” Mohr says. “We are here to help them.”

If you are looking for a caring dental office in the Pearland or south Houston area, then you should greatly consider visiting our office. We have various dental professionals to take care of all of your dental needs, including a pediatric dentist, an orthodontist, and even a prosthodontist. Contact us today at 281-741-5247 to schedule yours or your family member’s dental appointment.

About Corbet Ellison

Younger smiles often require special attention, and Dr. Corbet Ellison, our Pediatric Dentist, is ready to address their needs with specialized pediatric care. Unlike a general family dentist, a pediatric dentist has received three years of formal training beyond dental school to address the needs of juvenile patients. The American Dental Association recommends a baby should first be brought to the pediatric dentist when the first primary (or “baby”) tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Your child will undergo treatment that incorporates the latest techniques and advances in the field, to ensure the strongest possible care from the earliest age on.

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