WORKING TOGETHER: ORAL SYSTEMIC HEALTH
Today’s dental professional is in a unique position to take life-saving initiatives and be a LifeGuard for their pool of patients. The LifeGuard Initiative strives to create essential lifelines between today's dental professionals and patients.
Just as a LifeGuard may cast a floatation device out to save a swimmer, a dental professional may offer a LifeLine to a patient found to be in a dangerous health situation. LifeLines are indispensable for the protection of life because when a LifeLine breaks or is absent, the patient may either become ill or suffer serious disease or death. It is up to us to become the lifelines for our patients.
DENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY
The LifeGuard Initiative believes that it's time for dental hygienists and other dental professionals to change their mindset when it comes to patient health. It's time to become active LifeGuards in both the overall reactive and preventative medical treatments for our patients.
The dental hygienist who circumscribes her chairside role to merely chatting, polishing, and telling patients to floss foregoes opportunities to identify patients at risk for or who might already be in the early stages of disease. By not taking the time to help a patient, a non-engaged dental hygienist fails to build meaningful relationships with patients and thus, fails to leverage what she has learned from evidence-based science. In a sense, because the hygienist doesn't know the benefit of casting LifeLines to her patients, both the hygienist and the patient will struggle to stay afloat in the deep waters of preventative health.
STOP: THINKING THAT YOU'RE JUST THERE TO CHAT AND POLISH...
START: CREATING MULTIFARIOUS LIFELINES FOR YOUR PATIENTS!
In dentistry, critical lifelines are healthcare providers, as well as, the most advanced science, screening, protocols, and technologies available to access a patient's level of risk, drive the provider's selection of proposed patient care, reduce a patient's risk of life-altering events, and contribute to the health and wellness of the dental practice. Essentially, everything a hygienist can do for a patient actually becomes a LifeLines for that patient, thus engagement with the patient and sharing of findings with other medical professionals is critical.
LifeLines yield data for health-survival analysis, which can be used when measuring and monitoring a patient's progression from a potential danger zone to a manageable, health safety zone. This information can also be shared with other medical and pediatric professionals, creating a more cohesive and all-encompassing approach to overall patient wellness.
The LifeGuard Initiative creates predictable higher levels of health and wellness in today's dental patients and practices through:
Educating and empowering the dental team
Basing protocols on current science-based information
Teaching a new model of communication
Utilizing leading-edge technology
Today's dental professional is in a unique position to become an essential LifeLines for patients. Through a groundbreaking model for a professional transformation, the dental provider can master a failsafe set of practices that can uplift daily interactions with patients and create predictably higher levels of long-term health through state-of-the-art LifeLines.
PATIENT DENTAL FLOATATION SUPPORT
The LifeGuard Initiative offers today's dental professionals (dentists, nurses, and hygienists) a unique, failsafe strategy to implement life-saving initiatives and become LifeGuards over their pool of patients.