Dental Therapeutics

Dental Therapeutics A Branch of Dentistrythat Needs Development

by Robert A. Stevenson, D.D.S., R.Ph. Dental Therapy Editor

                Never before has the public shown so much interest in dentistry. It is a common subject of conversation. Teeth are considered an important part of the physical make up and their preservation is a concern to everyone. The functional necessity, aesthetic advantage and health aspect of teeth is now a matter of common knowledge and acceptance.

The lay interest in teeth is due to a desire to maintain dental health. It is a matter of dental therapeutics. Personal hygiene and dietary efficiency are subjects that lure the individual attention of most persons.

There is a growing frequency of discussion of teeth in general conversation of groups of people. What dentists say about their preservation and what has been published about new means for dental health maintenance, is accepted with a feeling of appreciation.

Of particular interest to us, as dentists, is the problem of further educating patients along lines that will enable them to institute dental health measures. Definite advice on all matters is essential.

Seldom a day passes that a dentist is not asked for his judgment of an agent or a method for dental care. Patients cannot understand why they so often receive an evasive answer, an answer that shifts the responsibility of dental health maintenance to the patient without a suggestion as to how it can be accomplished.

Consider how much more the patient would value dental service, if the dentist would demand that the patient follow a prescribed routine of oral prophylaxis and dietary regimen, and use agents in this treatment that are in the dentist’s opinion safe and efficient. The patient would then be receiving something more than a restorative service. It would be a complete dental health examination and treatment.

No patient should be ignorant of the value of proper nutrition and systematic personal care of the teeth.

Dental therapeutics is a phase of dental practice that needs development, vigorous development.

To have the public look upon dentistry as a health service of importance, definite advice must be offered, definite opinions must be given the patients questions, and the dentist must always stand ready to aid patients who are eager to become informed on dental problems. An indifferent attitude on the part of the dentist breeds indifference on the part of the patient.