To pen or to probe prescribing versus treating, how to decide

Show simple item record Sykes, Leanne M. Evans, William G. Buchanan, Glynn Dale Warren, Nichola Fernandes, N.A. (Nelson Alexander) 2019-07-04T11:52:01Z 2019-07-04T11:52:01Z 2018-02
dc.description.abstract The question of wellness was explored in Part 15 of this series, based on the definition of health proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO). However that description is now over 70 years old and does not fully address the more holistic approach to oral health, first proposed by Dolan in 1993, which defines oral health as “having a comfortable and functional dentition that allows individuals to continue their social life”. Others have added that “It is the ability to chew and eat the full range of foods native to the diet, to speak clearly, to have a socially acceptable smile and dento-facial profile, to have a fresh breath and to be comfortable and free from pain”. In 2016 the FDI proposed that “Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain or discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex”. For most clinicians and patients, this may have seemed like an unrealistic and unattainable ideal. It was thus later modified by adding the proviso that: “It (sic. Oral health) is influenced by the individual’s changing experiences, perceptions, expectations and ability to adapt to circumstances”. In the endeavour to secure oral health for a patient the dental practitioner may invoke any of the many ways of treating pain and disease, but a frequent choice is with medication – in particular antibiotics and analgesics. This may be prior to, in place of, in conjunction with, or after some form of physical intervention. A poignant question is: which is the best treatment for each situation, i.e. what to do and when? en_ZA
dc.description.department Prosthodontics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Sykes, L.M., Evans, W.G., Buchanan, G.D. et al. 2018, 'To pen or to probe prescribing versus treating, how to decide', South African Dental Journal, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 53. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1029-4864 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2519-0105 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Dental Association en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019 E-Doc cc en_ZA
dc.subject Pain en_ZA
dc.subject Treatment en_ZA
dc.subject Patient en_ZA
dc.subject Oral health en_ZA
dc.title To pen or to probe prescribing versus treating, how to decide en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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