What Is Preventive Dentistry?
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure. Hence, the creation of preventive dentistry which is a new method intended to reduce the need for expensive and painful dental treatments in the future.
With the joint efforts of the dentist, the hygienist and the patient, this treatment can save your teeth from decay and gum disease, which gives you a better chance of keeping your teeth for life without the need for fillings and extractions.
Is Prevention Possible?
Yes. With modern dentistry and constant new developments, it is possible to prevent, or considerably reduce dental disease. A course of treatment and maintenance may be recommended to get your mouth in good condition, and keep it that way.
What Is Involved?
A thorough assessment will be done for your teeth and gums to know the necessary treatments needed. The main aim is to make your mouth completely healthy to try and prevent any dental problems from happening or returning.
The hygienist will thoroughly ‘scale and polish’ your teeth, then show you the best way to brush and floss to remove the bacterial ‘plaque’ on your teeth and gums. Plaque, which is an invisible film of bacteria on the teeth and gums that is formed when the sugars from the food that you eat turns into acid, eventually causes tooth decay. It can also cause gum inflammation if not regularly and thoroughly removed. The hard tartar (calculus) which builds up on the teeth also starts off as plaque.
Diet and other habits such as smoking and drinking might be discussed as well for the dentist to be able to give you the best oral care products and practice to use.