I have been in practice for the better part of 14 years, and for those 14 years I have strived to be my best. However, I have recently become tired of diagnosing and treating disease. I have discovered that my best is not finding a cavity and filling it. I want to figure out why people are having issues, and then stop those issues. I will still need to treat disease, but I am hoping that I can stop the disease before it gets to that point.
I have explained what we are going after from the previous blogs, so will not belabor that. Instead, I wanted to focus on a particular individual that I have worked with in the past, and again recently, that let me know I am on the right track.
I have a neighbor that I treated when she was a teenager. Of course, we both got older and she moved away to college, graduated and is now back in our area. We see each other at different events and always chat. When I posted my first blog about stopping disease versus treating it, she called me on the phone. She expressed her frustration that every time she went to the dentist she had new cavities that needed to be filled. She also expressed frustration that her dentist never addressed why, only that they needed to be fixed. I talked to her about the program and she asked if there was anyway that she could be involved. Of course, I told her I would help, but she would need to still see an adult dentist for her biannual checkups. I brought home the bacterial scanner, looked at her eating habits, etc. and we came up with a plan. We discovered she had a very high bacterial count and that her eating habits were not ideal. We formulated a plan involving toothpaste and rinse that would help with the bacterial load, and she committed to altering her eating habits.
We are now two months in, and she is doing well. It is not time to reassess the bacterial load, but will be soon. It has been exciting, and we are both confident that making the changes will lead us in the direction we want to go.
I’ll keep you posted …
Dr. Boyd Simkins, DDS