Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on those procedures and life practices that help people to prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease. It includes at-home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by professional dental staff in the office or clinic.Preventive care, includes basic brushing and flossing, sealant and fluoride application, mouth guards and regular visits to the dentist every six months.
Careful and frequent brushing with a toothbrush helps to prevent build-up of plaque bacteria on the teeth. Electric toothbrushes were developed, and initially recommended for people with strength or dexterity problems in their hands, but they have come into widespread general use. The effectiveness of electric toothbrushes at reducing plaque formation and gingivitis is superior to that of conventional manual toothbrushes.
Flossing and inter dental cleaning
In addition to brushing, cleaning between teeth may help to prevent build-up of plaque bacteria on the teeth. This may be done with dental floss or inter dental brushes.
Fluoride is a natural element that can be found in many things, like in the water we drink and the food we eat.
Fluoride that is absorbed by your body is used by the cells that build your teeth to make stronger enamel. Topical fluoride – fluoride that is applied to the outside of the enamel.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
A mouth guard protects the mouth from bruxism (grinding of teeth) and from injury in contact sports like soccer, boxing and ice hockey . For sports enthusiasts or people diagnosed with bruxism, a mouth guard can help prevent long term dental problems
- Have a dental check-up at LEAST EVERY 6 MONTHS.
- Brush at least twice a day with soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Use an inter-dental brush daily to remove food particles in-between teeth.
- Use an anti-microbial mouth rinse to control gingivitis.
- Use artificial saliva gel to prevent dry mouth (dry mouth causes tooth decay).
- If your gums bleed when you brush or eat see your dentist.