Health promotion, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as 'the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health', is the cornerstone of good medical and dental practice.
When formulating a treatment plan, health promotion and prevention have a huge part to play in its success - patients need to be informed that they have a key role in the outcome. This is why a proper risk assessment is so important before you embark on a course of action. With the full co-operation of your patient, this begins by looking at the various factors that may affect a successful long-term outcome. These will include the individual's general standard of oral hygiene, their daily home-care routine, if they smoke, if they are overweight and whether there are any other systemic conditions that need to be taken into consideration, such as diabetes or heart problems.
Gathering all the appropriate information together in the first instance means that together you can prepare a personalised programme based on individual needs and risk factors, to not only treat your patient successfully, but also to help prevent an infection and/or reinfection in the future.