To maintain good oral health, regular checkups not only help to detect health problems at an early stage but also heal them in a better way. Patients should be made aware of the importance of regular dental checkups, which helps in detecting oral health problems at an early stage and treating them more effectively. To detect a problem at an early stage and to treat it is the best way to get rid of it.
What is preventive recall?
Preventive recall appointments are an approach to encourage continuity of dental treatment, oral health care, regular opportunities to detect new oral problems, provide preventive measures and counseling and to analyze the effectiveness of previous care. The routine appointments should be scheduled according to each patient’s risk of chances of falling to a new ailment.
Why is preventive recall important for patients?
Patients should understand the importance of routine cleanings and checkups, which can stop critical oral problems before they start. Hence, it is important for patients to be aware of the value and significance of regular checkups. If not, then a person with minor tartar built up may get worse leading to severe illnesses, such as gingivitis or heart disease.
Many critical diseases such as diabetes, leukemia, heart problems, cancer and kidney related issues have oral characteristics, which can be detected during an oral appointment by a dentist. With an early detection, the treatment can be initiated without any delay, with more effectiveness, which can help avoiding adverse conditions later.
How to maintain a continuous recall system?
At the closing stages of each dentist office visit, patients should ask to be enrolled in a recall program. A continuous recall program enables patients to be continuously aware of their current oral status and the treatment being provided. Adequate levels of oral hygiene should be maintained during the period between two dentist office visits.
What are the benefits of preventive recall?
- Regular check on oral health
- Improved immunization rates
- Decreased missed or irregular appointments
- Better analysis of effectiveness of previous treatments
- Enhanced and frequent interaction between patient and dentist