Make oral health easier for your patients

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is now even more accessible to more of your patients!

We are delighted to announce that it is now available through Boots.com. The retail giant is currently offering the Waterpik® Ultra, Waterpik® Cordless Plus Water Flosser, and Waterpik® Whitening Water Flosser with triple Advantage Card points on all products (correct as of 30th May 2018), giving your patients even more incentive to care for their teeth and gums.

Boots.com isn’t the only convenient place your patients can purchase their Water Flosser, though. A wide range of models is available through:

Do your patients know...?

…That the consequences of poor oral hygiene go beyond bleeding gums and the need for hygiene appointments? It’s important to make sure they are aware of just how much impact dental health can have on their daily life. It might seem simple to you, but not all your patients will understand the potentially negative affect that poor oral health can have on their appearance, their emotional wellbeing and their general health.

General health

As most patients know, poor oral health can lead to a myriad of dental problems, not to mention pain. However, they may not realise that dental disease has been linked to a number of systemic health conditions. For example, if an individual has difficulty eating, swallowing or chewing due to compromised oral function it can affect their ability to consume the nutritious, healthy diet they need to keep the body healthy and active. Similarly, there is growing evidence to indicate that periodontal disease may be linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, preterm births and low-birth weight babies.

Communication is key if we are to educate our patients and help them to achieve optimum dental and overall health. For more information on this and other topics click here.

Diabetes week

You have the perfect opportunity to highlight the links between poor oral health and diabetes, in particular, at this time of year, as Diabetes Week takes place 11th - 17th June 2018.

People with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease, are more susceptible to bacterial infection and are less able to fight bacterial invasion of the gums. Sadly, it is a double edge sword for these individuals because serious periodontal disease has the potential to raise blood glucose levels and influence the progression of diabetes as well.

It is incredibly important for patients with diabetes to keep the oral cavity as healthy as possible in order to successfully control the condition. As well as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, advise patients to water floss for a minute each day and make sure they visit the practice for regular check ups and professional cleaning. This is just as important for those without diabetes or who may have an increased risk of developing the disease.

To get involved with Diabetes week 2018 click here.