Evidence-based, patient-focused: Building effective and personalized home oral care routines

A patient’s oral care needs are as unique as they are. Factors such as age, medication use and lifestyle choices can affect patients’ risk of caries, periodontal disease or oral cancer.

As a dentist, you can help them understand the habits, products and lifestyle changes that can make a difference in the dental chair and in their long-term oral health.

That’s where the ADA’s home oral care recommendations comes in. Supported by scientific evidence and informed by ADA policy, these updated recommendations are now grounded in evidence, and can help improve the health of patients’ smiles.

The Home Oral Care guide is divided into three categories: general recommendations which are applicable to all patients, personalized recommendations which help address the individual needs of patients with specific oral care needs and lifestyle considerations which may be broadly applicable but may be most beneficial to specific subsets of patients.

These recommendations are now available in a convenient, printable guide you can keep in your practice as a reference sheet for your team, or to help guide your home care conversations with patients. Consider pairing it with other resources available through the ADA on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as reminding patients to look for oral care products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance when they shop to know they are purchasing products that are both safe and effective.

Visit ADA.org/HomeCare to download the oral home care guide today and help your patients establish a personalized oral care routine that fits their unique needs.

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