Checklists - Universal Care

Simplify your patient oral health consultations with easy-to-use checklists for everyday prevention. Developed with the help of hygienists, for hygienists.

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Prevention: fundamentals

  • Raise awareness that the prevention of periodontal disease is a lifelong commitment that is worth making to keep a healthy smile throughout a productive life
  • Remind that maintaining healthy gums helps to avert discomfort, extra costs and helps maintain more pleasant social interactions
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and use interdental cleaners daily

Complete or review patient screener - has something changed?

  • Inform that taking care of oral health is an investment in one’s overall health. Maintaining healthy gums protects patients from the potentially adverse effects of gum disease on general health 

  • Recommend a healthy diet, limiting food and drinks with added sugars
  • Educate about impact of smoking
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings

  • Recommend 2-minute brushing twice daily using appropriate modified Bass technique
  • Budget permitting, recommend power brushes to better care for gingival inflammation and plaque levels
  • Discuss daily interdental cleaning and explain it helps to clean where a toothbrush cannot
  • Space permitting, recommend easy to-use interdental brushes and rubber interdentals cleaners as most effective method shown to promote compliance
  • Nutrition guide when needed
  • Remind to change toothbrush or toothbrush head at least every 12 weeks and interdental cleaners as recommended on pack
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings

Prevention: alarm bells

  • Use consistent, friendly and encouraging instruction
  • Raise awareness about gingivitis and periodontitis and discuss consequences of poor oral care habits
  • Discuss risk of tooth loss and inform about peri-implantitis and its cost
  • Gently recommend change of habits to improve compliance and avoid tooth loss
  • Inform that inappropriate interdental cleaning and traumatic tooth brushing are common non-compliant behaviors 
  • Traumatic tooth brushing can lead to damage of dental or periodontal tissue and cause gingival recession, dentine hypersensitivity, plaque accumulation, development of caries and/or non-carious cervical lesions, endodontic complications, gingival inflammation and periodontal attachment loss
  • Inappropriate interdental cleaning can lead to dental decay and gingivitis/periodontitis. Always remind patients that a toothbrush alone cannot reach all tooth surfaces, making interdental cleaning essential.

Complete or review patient screener - has something changed?

  • Discuss to uncover patients’ lifestyle risk factors & possible co-morbidities in order to provide differential recommendations
  • Remind about oral hygiene best practices, nutrition and frequency of visits to maintain to oral health and protect overall health

  • Provide friendly tips and tricks on how to form good habits. Reinforce 2-minute brushing twice daily using appropriate modified Bass technique and the use of appropriate tools. Recommend daily interdental cleaning and explain it helps to clean where your toothbrush cannot
  • Budget permitting, recommend oral care approaches that increase compliance
  • Power brushes are likely significantly more effective for the low compliant population (budget permitting)
  • Give preference to interdental brushes/rubber interdental cleaners due to ease of use, ideal for the non-compliant.
  • Remind frequency of visits and schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings
  • Nutrition guide when needed
  • Refer to dentist as needed

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