Preventive dentistry: When should preventive dentistry start?

Preventive dental care is key to keeping your teeth, and lessen dental treatment needs. The two sources of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry 

Considering that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive dentistry is important to your overall well being. Oral diseases can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem. Preventive dentistry also reduces the risks of cavities, Gum disease, Receding gums and Tooth sensitivity.

In children, severe decay can affect growth and development. Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive (and less expensive) treatment for any dental conditions that may develop, and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.

Preventive dentistry methods 

There are two methods of preventive dentistry, first is what you do to keep your teeth healthy at home and second is what your dentist will provide in the office.

Make sure to visit your dentist every six months otherwise you might start falling back on your dental hygiene.

Preventive Dentistry at home 

Brushing your teeth 

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Most people forget but replacing toothbrushes three to four times per year is crucial to keep the toothbrush clean of any bacteria.

 

Preventive dentistry at home

 

Remember that brushing your tongue is also important in preventive dentistry as this will remove bacteria form your mouth and keeps your breath fresh.

Have a balanced diet 

A balanced diet is a dental health essential. Food and drinks containing sugar cause decay. If you cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks this will help a lot. Foods such as cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables are better for your teeth.

A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and minerals can help prevent gum disease and protect against mouth cancer.

Floss Daily 

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces there are specially made flosses that you can use to get in-between the braces.

To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the correct way. The internet and your dentist are a great source of information about the correct way to floss just search dental flossing technique or ask your dentist for a demonstration.

Change your habits

Avoid smoking and drinking. Smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol consumption can negatively affect your oral health. Apart from dry mouth, tooth discoloration and plaque buildup, smoking causes gum disease, tooth loss and even oral cancer.

Preventive dentistry in the dentist’s office

Preventive dentistry includes services provided by your dentist to reduce the likelihood of contracting oral health conditions that can be more expensive to treat and uncomfortable to experience.

 

Preventive dentistry in office

 

Fluoride Treatment 

Fluoride fortifies the teeth by fusing minerals to deteriorating areas of the tooth enamel. Fluoride treatment also interrupts the production of acids by bacteria, to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is an economical way of maintaining oral health to avoid expensive procedures in the future.

Fluoride treatments also support children in strengthening their tooth enamel during the years when they’re most prone to cavities.

Types of fluoride

Fluoride is available in two forms: systemic and topical

  1. Systemic fluoride: Systemic fluorides are ingested into the body and incorporated into forming tooth structures. Systemic fluorides include public water fluoridation (which can vary from area to area) or dietary fluoride supplements in the form of tablets or drops.
  2. Topical fluoride: Topical fluorides strengthen existing teeth, making them more resistant to decays. Topical fluorides include toothpaste, mouth rinses and fluoride therapies applied at the dental office.Many dental professionals include an application of topical fluoride solutions or gels as part of routine visits. The gels can be placed in common trays that are applied over the teeth.

Cleanings

One of the most important part of preventive dentistry is cleaning the teeth. There’s just no substitute for physically removing disease-causing dental plaque and calculus from your teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line. That’s why regular professional cleanings are so important to your health.

X-Rays

Most signs of dental disease are not visible to the naked eye that why X-ray is an integral part of preventive dentistry. Nowadays, with CAT scans, they have become three-dimensional and are an indispensable tool to diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, bone density, bone volume and tumors.

Home Care Education

Home care is necessary for preventing oral health conditions. Oral health is essential for your overall health. The dentist will tailor a personalized plan during your appointments of what home care measures you should take towards ensuring optimal oral hygiene.

Dental Sealants 

Dental sealants are invisible plastic coatings that fill the tiny grooves in back teeth to protect your teeth form food debris and bacteria. They prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on.

Teeth polishing 

Polishing is a cosmetic treatment, when done by an expert dentist helps get rid of stains and plaques that exist on the teeth to give your teeth a cleaner appearance to give you better smiles and boost confidence.

Oral Cancer Screenings 

Your best chance of surviving oral cancer, a disease that affects not only lifelong smokers but also young non-smokers, is early detection and treatment. Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of every regular dental exam.