Ask Your Pharmacist about Oral Health
Patients commonly ask the pharmacist in matters of oral health. Pharmacist’s role becomes suddenly extensive, including information regarding dental services besides the usual comprehensive advice regarding oral hygiene and oral health products.
A certain percent of the pharmaceutical products are directly related to dental health: toothpastes and mouthwashes. Patients are not that interested to ask the pharmacist for advice regarding these common products. However, pharmacist’s expertise is usually required when patients have a toothache. In this most unfortunate situation, your pharmacist can give you over-the-counter antibiotics and painkillers and show you the way to the nearest dental office to seek for proper dental care. Most pharmacists can offer useful advice regarding oral health.
Thus, pharmacist’s role is particularly important, as he is in the position to influence patient’s attitude and decisions regarding prevention, diagnose and management. A pharmacist can promote products by recommending, for example, fluoride toothpaste, soft toothbrushes, etc; he can encourage patients to good oral hygiene; he can offer dietary advice; he can persuade patients to get proper dental work and benefit from useful treatment and prevention therapy.
Unfortunately, there is a category of patients who address the pharmacist in order to avoid contact with the dentist, for various reasons: dental phobia, lack of time, financial problems. Thus, pharmacists can get into a delicate situation: they ought to offer good advice in a wide variety of different situations, while their control of the situation is limited. Getting a satisfying solution for these patients is challenging, indeed.
Your pharmacist is in the position to act as a drug artisan creating products that specifically meet your needs. Not all patients require such services: they address mainly to patients who have allergies, or follow complex treatments that interact with commercial dental products in unwanted ways. For example, a compounding pharmacist can make an alternative mouthwash, toothpaste or antibiotic gel, following your dentist’s specifications to treating gum disease, as well as substances your dentist won’t pay much attention to or won’t consider a top priority, such as balms for your lips or mouth, or substances intended for temporomandibular relaxation, local anesthetics to use after specific dental treatments, etc.