Preventive dentistry is the caring and preserving of your teeth to keep them clean and healthy. Preventative dentistry helps to avoid cavities, gum desires, enamel wear and other oral problems that can occur with unhealthy oral hygiene.
Many methods of preventive dentistry are available, such as everyday flossing and dental cleaning. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises appointments to the dentist frequently as determined by a dentist in order to maintain optimal oral health. The purpose of these practices is to ensure clean, strong, and white teeth. It is important to teach children proper oral hygiene at an early age.
The goal of preventive care is to protect your smile from damage caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease (gum disease), and other damaging dental conditions. Preventive dentistry works to prevent these diseases before they cause damage that requires repair. We offer a number of preventive dental treatments to help you keep your smile in the best possible health. These services include dental sealants and dental cleanings; visiting our office regularly ensures that we detect and treat any early signs of damage before they become more extensive and painful.
There are several steps you can take to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Our dentist recommends that you follow these guidelines to help minimize your chances for developing cavities:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day. You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Maintain a balanced, healthy diet with a limited amount of very sugary or acidic foods.
- Visit our office at least twice a year for a routine teeth cleaning and dental exam.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatment to see if they are right for your smile.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth everyday with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved fluoride toothpaste. You should replace your tooth brush three to four times a year or as the bristles begin to break.
Keep your tongue brushed. Doing so will help to eliminate bacteria from your mouth and freshen your breath as well.
It is recommended to floss daily. Flossing helps make the tight spaces between the teeth clean. You may need to use floss threaders if you have braces to get between the metal brackets.
You’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the right way to get the most out of flossing. Ask your dentist for a quick flossing demonstration at your next dental appointment to make sure you get the full benefit of using this method.
Is It Worse to Skip Brushing Your Teeth or Flossing?
For an examination, you should see your dentist at least once a year to check for any teeth or gums problems. If you are at a high risk for dental problems, more frequent dental visits are likely to benefit you. If you are at low risk for dental problems, only one cleaning per year can give you the same benefits. Dental cleanings and examinations enable dentists to identify and take care of problems immediately.
Find out what is covered if you have dental insurance. Many insurance plans cover two annual dental preventative visits.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet also helps by providing you with the nutrients you need to protect your teeth. Limit your intake of sugar, including simple carbohydrates such as white bread, and drink plenty of water all day long.
Vitamins for oral health are very important. Eating a balanced diet helps you get all the nutrients you need to keep your smile healthy.
What Does Preventive Dentistry Do?
Preventive dentistry makes it less probable for people to develop dental problems later on. When you take proper preventive dental care, the effects of these can be avoided or reduced:
- enamel loss
Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?
Everyone will benefit from dental prevention. Children, in particular, benefit because it allows strong and healthy adult teeth to enter their newly developing teeth. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decline in the teeth of your children. You can benefit from preventive dentistry if you’re an aging adult because it helps you keep your real teeth instead of needing dentures or other tooth replacements.
Oral health is related to your entire body’s health. This is because the mouth is a harmful bacteria breeding ground. Keeping your mouth clean benefits your overall health.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?
With good dental hygiene, cavities, gum disease, periodontitis, and other dental problems can be greatly reduced. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of poor oral health causing secondary problems. Some health issues that may be associated with poor oral health are:
- heart disease
- respiratory disease
A poor oral health may also be associated with premature birth and low birth weight. If you are pregnant, you should continue to practice or adopt good oral preventive health. This includes visiting your dentist during your pregnancy for routine checkups.
Practicing good preventive health can save you money in the long run in addition to reducing your risk for other health issues. The costs related to poor oral hygiene may add up very quickly even with dental insurance. While preventive dentistry might not completely remove your need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it will greatly reduce the chance of you needing one of these expensive treatments.
If you have any additional questions about oral hygiene and how to sustain good oral hygiene please call us today for any additional information you would like, or to schedule an oral check up.