“Be sure to brush and floss before going to bed”, our moms told us a hundred times! But we always ignored the idea and devilishly sneaked in a sugary chocolate bar before bed; giving germs and bacteria full access to attack on our gums and teeth. Some of us learned as kids while others learned the hard way, but eventually all of us accepted the steadfast rule that prevention is way better than cure.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
The primary goal of preventative dentistry is to minimize, if not eliminate the chances of contracting any dental illness or disease like periodontal (gum) disease or teeth decay, that require patients to undergo complete dental treatments; which may be seriously expensive not to mention painful. The thought of suffering from a terrible toothache should be enough for anyone to adopt healthy habits to look after their teeth.
Preventative dentistry helps reduce the effects of already present tooth decay and gum diseases and minimizes the chances of their occurrence in the first place. The approach involved in this form of dental treatment makes use of the unified approach of a hygienist and a dentist along with the cooperation of the patient.
The Prevention Process
In preventive dentistry, a number of procedures are conducted on the patient to assure the maintenance of their dental health
• Firstly the dentist will assess and examine the current condition of the teeth and determine the need for any essential dental treatments otherwise dental care procedure will be conducted this will include:
• The hygienist and dentist to polish and scale the patient’s teeth
• The hygienist will show the patient the proper methods to brush and floss their teeth, according to their structure and prescribe further dental care measures like the use of a special mouth wash
• Prescribe the use of specific dental products that will produce the most effective results
• Diets and habits are discussed with the patient and a reduction in the use of sugary food, drinking and smoking habits is advised
• A generalized dental check-up is also conducted to make sure that the overall condition is fine and there are no loose fillings
An important aspect of dental care is not only to clean and check up on the teeth but to also educate patients about the process of dental care, so that they are able to look after their teeth in the long run as well.
Daily Dental Care
Ideally, teeth should be brushed after every meal to completely clean them off and prevent any plaque from forming. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that is formed on the teeth and gums; it reduces the sugar to acid which causes the teeth to be eaten away.
Patients should also avoid sugary food and caffeinated drinks and have a thorough check-up in a reputed dental clinic to get their teeth examined. Through this, the chances of encountering any dental problem will be greatly minimized and in case they do arise it will be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.