What Are The Principles Of Preventative Care?

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the most modern way to help keep your mouth clean. It helps you preserve your teeth, which ensures you need less dental treatment. Decay and gum disease are two major causes of tooth loss. The more you stop or deal with these two issues, the greater the likelihood you'll have to hold your teeth for life. This can help to prevent the need for care when the dental team and the patient work together-especially fillings and extractions. Your dental team would prescribe a treatment course to get your mouth in good condition, and then work out a 'maintenance plan' to help keep it that way.

Can everybody benefit from preventive dentistry?

Yes. Preventive dentistry will be of interest to anyone with their own teeth. People who have no teeth can also benefit, as problems such as mouth cancer and denture stomatitis can be detected and treated during regular visits to the dental team. It's great for kids and youths but it's never too late to start.

What is involved?

Your dental team will test your teeth and gums first, and discuss any care you need. The main aim is to really help you make your mouth clean. Decay or gum disease is unlikely to continue to be a problem in a healthy mouth.

  • The dental team will thoroughly remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is often called a ‘scale and polish'.
  • To remove the bacterial' plaque' that continuously forms on your teeth, the dental team will teach you the best ways to brush, and how to clean between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss The bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into acid, which may cause tooth decay, when you eat or drink something sugary. If it is not removed routinely and thoroughly, plaque may also cause inflammation of the gum (swelling and soreness) Also the hard tartar that builds up on the teeth starts as plaque.
  • You will be told which oral care products are the best ones for you to use.
  • The dental team will probably talk to you about your diet, and any habits you have such as smoking and drinking.
  • Your dentist will also make sure that all your fillings are in good condition and that there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult.


Will my dental team recommend treatment?

A' preventive dentist' also offers medication to reinforce a tooth to ensure it doesn't crack. For instance, if the dental team sees a tooth broken, or is fragile and in danger of breaking, they can prescribe a new filling or maybe a crown or' onlay' to protect it. This is always better than waiting for the tooth to crack, and then treating it as an emergency.

What is the aim of preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry aims to help you develop and preserve your oral health by working with your dentist for the long term. The approach means the invasive care, such as fillings, is kept to a minimum where possible.

How can I benefit from preventive dentistry?

The main advantage of preventive dentistry is that it can significantly reduce gum disease and tooth decay, both of which are important factors in tooth loss and general health.

What causes tooth decay?

In the absence of a proper routine of dental care, an invisible layer of bacteria will form on your teeth and gums. Plaque is the name for this. When you ingest sugar, the plaque inside your mouth turns the sugar into acid, leading to tooth decay.

How can I help to prevent dental decay?

A fluoride toothpaste can help prevent dental decay by brushing your teeth twice a day. This will help keep your teeth safe and can help in the earliest stages sometimes even avoid decay. It is advised that children use only a tiny glob of toothpaste while they are brushing their teeth and that an adult supports them.

How can my dentist and hygienist help with preventive care?

Reducing the amount and quantity of sugary foods and beverages will also help prevent decay. The dentist will give you more in-depth recommendations, as he or she understands your own unique dental needs. You must make sure you see your dentist or hygienist regularly, and they can prescribe ways to maintain a safe mouth, such as using fluoride rinses, high fluoride toothpaste or flossing. Your hygienist is also likely to talk about your diet, as a reduction in the amount of sugar-containing food and drink will help to significantly reduce decay.



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