You should take an active role in developing a treatment plan that you are happy with. Sometimes the 'ideal' treatment is not possible, due to health, special needs, co-operation difficulties or costs. To understand this, the people involved must know and agree when the 'ideal' treatment is not possible.
- Good treatment will depend on you co-operating in attending appointments, having treatment done and following advice.
- It is important that you let your dentist know of any changes to your general state of health or medication that may effect the treatment you receive. Dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are largely preventable. With advice and encouragement from the dental team, you have an important role in improving your own oral and dental health.
- It is important that you understand and follow any advice and instructions the dental team gives you in relation to controlling infection.
- For patients who are very young or who have special needs, a carer may need to be responsible for home care routines such as toothbrushing or denture hygiene.