DR. BENJAMIN: Dental hygiene is the most important part of my job in this field because everything we do really depends on how good the patients take care of their teeth at the end of the day. People should actually be able to keep their teeth in good health for a lifetime if they just maintain them the right way. So most of the problems actually happen from at some point in life poor oral hygiene and part of it is poor education in the home.
What we do here, part of our philosophy, is to teach people. Each oral hygiene visit is an education part where we go over the patient and make sure they know what they have to do and we constantly remind them over the visit because some people have a tendency after a while to relax and before the dental visit they’ll floss a couple times, go home and forget about it. But we keep at it. And many of our patients actually turn into very good home care patients.
In the past, the relationship between dental health and general health was not emphasized, okay. Recently, a lot of the different physical diseases have been directly related to dental health, for example heart problems, kidney problems and a lot of different organ diseases have been directly related to infections that had started in the mouth.