Putting a spotlight on the mouth – World Oral Health Day 2021
As you may know, this patient population, if left untreated, can experience significant bleeds, including in the mouth. However, when properly managed, these patients shouldn’t face any increased complication in dental health. Unfortunately, many patients and treating dentists fear each other, often due to a lack of education on both parts. This results in:
1) Dentists being reluctant to provide adequate oral care to patients with these disorders for fear of causing bleeds and;
2) Patients not taking adequate steps towards good oral hygiene for fear of bleeds. This often results in poor oral health, followed by patients needing more complex and invasive dental procedures, which reinforces their fear in dental care and strengthens the myth of them being complex and difficult patients.
This vicious circle leads to patients facing unnecessary complications, loss of confidence and poor quality of life.
On World Oral Health Day, we spoke with our longstanding and dedicated friend of the EHC, Dr Alison Dougall, to get her advice for maintaining a healthy smile and mouth!