Susan Maples, DDS is our guest blogger today at Sidekick Magazine.
Total health dentistry is an exciting new concept where dental teams take their rightful place at the table in today’s pending healthcare crisis. With our national and global health crisis worsening, many eyes turn toward dentistry to participate in primary care diagnostics and treatment. But we are not talking about the common cold or flu virus here. We are talking about major, potentially life-threatening diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, oral cancer, acid reflex and obstructive sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s, chronic systemic inflammation and more. And major risk factors for heart attack, and stroke.
The patient is now being primed by media and industry for their dental office preventive visit to transform into one that sees all their health challenges and incorporates a plan to protect the body from further oral and systemic disease.
But how will dental teams magically transform themselves into total health investigators and preventionists?
Building a Total Health Dental Practice is a two-day hands-on learning curriculum developed by Dr. Susan Maples and Henry Schein Dental. It’s designed for the full participation of the entire dental team. The clinical team will learn to recognize the clues the mouth gives us about what’s going on in the rest of the body. The business team will learn to effectively communicate those findings with the patient’s physicians and attract new health-valued patients. The most important outcome is early disease detection and intervention, especially of life-style related preventable diseases, for the patients you’ve grown to love. After attending this course, you will learn to help your patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
For pregnant moms that means we can help prevent low-birth weight, pre-term delivery and still-born babies. For infants, we teach how to prevent caries, sleep disordered breathing, obesity and oral injury. For children, we change the preventive paradigm to offer their own hands-on learning—a process that results in a lifetime of learning around oral self-care for disease protection but also health-related sciences experiments for ultimate knowledge retention.
For teens, we must learn how to put kids in the driver’s seat for a healthful lifestyle—one that wards off more than cavities: obesity, pre-diabetes, heart disease, addiction, depression and cancer.
For adults we can screen for major diseases such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and chronic systemic inflammation. Plus, from a single drop of saliva we can test for dangerous bacteria that cause gum disease, HPV persistent infection that is cancer-causing, genetic predisposition for heart disease and gum disease and soon a variety of specific organ cancers.
Come and learn with us and go home ready to start and market a Total Health practice of distinction. More information on this program is available at www.HenryScheinDental.com/TotalHealth.