Digestive disease specialists and nutritionists are taking the plunge and becoming more proactive about their diet to ensure they are taking care of their patients.
As more Americans become eligible for Medicaid, it is crucial to be aware of what your dentist can do to better manage your health.
We spoke to Dr. Karen Stenzel, a leading Digestive Disease Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dentistry, to get the scoop on how to optimize your health and keep yourself healthy in the workforce.
Dr. Stensel says the key is to start to eat well, even if it means taking a break from dentistry for a while.
“It’s all about being aware of your diet and eating healthier and not just brushing your teeth and getting in shape,” she says.
Dr Stensels recommended eating an organic diet, incorporating plant-based proteins into your diet, and incorporating exercise and physical therapy in her patients’ routine.
“We have a lot of folks that are eating really unhealthy, and I think the idea is to make it a part of their everyday life,” she explains.
“They’re going to have to make a choice about what they’re doing and how they’re eating and how much they’re consuming.
So it’s really important to be mindful and not get too fixated on your diet.”
Stensel advises people who want to stay in their jobs or want to make some changes in their diet, they can consider taking a step back from dentures and dental care altogether.
“People who are interested in dental work are often people who have an abundance of dental work, and they’re also people who may have a little bit of an eating disorder,” she said.
“So it can be really hard to really prioritize one thing or another.
It’s important to realize that if you want to do dentistry, you want it to be fun, and you want your dental work to be your hobby and you’re doing it for your health.”
Dr Stenssels also encourages people to stay off prescription drugs, as she says they can make dentures look like they’re taking their own medicine, which is a lot more expensive than it really is.
“One of the things that I really encourage people to do is to stay away from prescription drugs,” she recommends.
“You can’t do dentures in the same way that you would an office visit.
You can’t have all your appointments in one day, or you can’t schedule everything out in advance.
You have to be flexible.
It really doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing dentistry.
You just need to be very flexible in your schedule and your expectations.”
Dr Karen Stenssel recommends keeping up with what your dental team is doing and asking questions to get to know them better. “
Just like any other profession, you’re going be able do your own denture.”
Dr Karen Stenssel recommends keeping up with what your dental team is doing and asking questions to get to know them better.
She says to make sure your dentist is aware of any changes you might need to make to your routine.
“You want to be proactive,” she advises.
“If you don’t, it could be very challenging.”
Dr Susan Oates, the founder and president of the nonprofit group The Dental Association of America, says that people should make sure to do a check-up once a year, to check for any lingering health issues.
“There are lots of ways to look at your health, so check in with your dentist,” she told Next Big.
“A lot of dentists just don’t know how to handle that.”
Dr Oates says people should not underestimate the importance of their dental work and that, if they’re diligent about taking care, it will be beneficial to their overall health.
“Dentures can be very stressful and scary at times, and it’s not fun,” she stressed.
“But it is something that you’re really good at.
So when you have a dentist that you know is really passionate about their work, it can help you get through it.
And they will also know that you have an understanding of what’s going on and how you’re feeling.”
Dr Peter Pramas, the executive director of the American Dental Associations Association, agrees.
“I think that a lot is based on personal choices, and if people really want to get in shape, they should do exercise and get some exercise,” he said.
However, Dr Prames stresses that dentists need to do more than just getting a routine done.
“The people that are on the front lines are the ones who are really having to make the choices that dentures are making,” he explained.
“Because of all of the challenges and all of these things that are happening in our society, dentists have to have a responsibility to make certain that they’re not taking away from people’s health, and that they are making sure that people are taking steps to protect their health.”
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