The recent pandemic has had far-reaching changes in the world of medical and healthcare, and the dental sector is one such medical requirement that has seen profound changes that will affect us all. Whether a new to the field dentist or a patient, this article will provide you with the insights and knowledge you need to understand and keep abreast of the changes afoot in dentistry.
The Rise Of Smart Toothbrushes
It was only a matter of time for our toothbrushing to be linked to our smartphones. You can now get a reminder to brush, record the length of the last brush, the pressure applied, and the angles that the toothbrush meets the teeth. Your healthcare professional can then analyze all this data and then suggest any required changes that need to be implemented.
Finding Cavities With Lasers
The smallest of cavities can now be located using some of the most modern dental equipment in the world. Diode lasers can now detect weaknesses in the teeth without your dentist having to poke around and tap all the teeth in your mouth. There is thus now no need to cause pain to determine where the issues are.
No More Needles
Electronic anesthesia is still fairly new, but the dental field as a whole has been looking for a way to remove needles from the equation. It is the main cause of anxiety as to dental visits and any work that needs to be done in the month and on the teeth. Being able to provide pain relief without the needle is going to go a long way to making a trip to the dentist less stressful.
Interactive X-Rays/Photographs & Video
No longer do you need to wait for ages to see the results for the x-rays taken. Nor do people have to leave the room for the patient to have an old-school x-ray taken. Smart dental tech now allows for immediate real-time video to be used instead. This allows for the resultant clips and stills to be discussed with the patient in much more detail than the x rays of old. These digital x-rays are becoming the norm, and the reduced levels of radiation and the speed of these records means that they are the favored way for both dentists and patients to have a real-time record of their teeth and gums to determine oral hygiene issues.
Ongoing Training & Development
In order for your dentist to be at the cutting edge in terms of the changes noted above, they will need to undergo regular and ongoing training sessions. For many, the only question is whether it is eLearning vs face to face training. As a dentist, the field will be acritical if you are to maintain your client base.
Being aware of the ongoing developments and changes in dentistry provides for both the dentist and the client/patient to be aware of what to expect in the coming years and what to be looking for to improve proactive dental care.