Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your gums and teeth to keep them healthy and maintaining good oral hygiene. It helps to prevent cavities, gum diseases(periodontitis), wear and tear of tooth enamel.
It includes regular checkups at the dentist's office and proper hygiene practices such as regular brushing of teeth and flossing. Eating a balanced diet is also an important component of preventive dentistry. It provides all the essential nutrients/vitamins and minerals which are essential for good oral health. Children should be thought proper oral hygiene practices to ensure strong, clean and white teeth.
Preventive dentistry services include
-regular dental check up's (once every 6 months)
-regular teeth cleaning
-routine x-rays for early detection of dental caries and root abscess
Preventive dentistry always starts at home, developing good /healthy dental habits early can help in reducing dental caries/gingivitis and periodontitis. These practices include
Regular brushing - At least twice daily
Regular use of floss to clean the food particles stuck between teeth and clean the areas the toothbrush can't reach
Avoidance of high carbohydrate foods which increase plaque formation and acidic foods which may damage the enamel
Regular use of mouth wash after food to remove the food particles after flossing etc.
Regular checkups at the dentist's office can help in early diagnosis and treatment. They can identify the dental problems in the early stage and treat them accordingly which in turn reduces the cost.
Reduces the risks of developing tooth decay/gum diseases and more serious dental problems in the future. Also reduces the dental problems associated with chronic illness/medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus / osteoarthritis / osteoporosis / cancer etc...