Preventive dentistry refers to any dental care that helps maintain good oral health. The primary purpose of preventive dentistry is to keep the teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues.
Preventive dentistry is a blend of regular dental check-ups along with good habits like brushing and flossing. Our overall health is linked to good oral health. Because of this, taking care of your teeth should start early in childhood and is continued throughout your life. Through these preventive measures, we can prevent all major dental problems and have healthy teeth and mouth for life.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Care?
- A regular preventive dental exam lowers the risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious dental problems.
- Good oral hygiene habits such as brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once every day prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.
- The early identification of dental problems could minimize the need for treatment and treatment costs.
- Preventive dental care can help to reduce dental problems related to some prolonged medical conditions.
- Regular screenings can help in the prevention and diagnosis of oral cancer.
What Can Be Your Role in Preventive Dental Care?
Most of the preventive dental care at home should begin with you. Some of the basics of good oral health are as follows:
- Brush your teeth at least two times a day, both in the morning and before going to bed. The brush should have soft bristles and the toothpaste should contain fluoride content. The dentists usually suggest the best toothpaste and toothbrush for you with instructions on how to brush correctly.
- Floss every day to remove food that gets stuck between teeth before it turns into plaque.
- Use a mouthwash after meals to rinse out the food particles.
- Reduce the consumption of acidic foods to help eliminate or reduce the harm to the tooth’s enamel.
- Be careful while eating hard foods like ice, some candies, foods with bones, and seeds, as they could damage or chip the teeth.
- Quit smoking or using tobacco products as they can lead to cancer and other dental problems.
- Use a mouthguard to prevent injuries to the teeth while participating in sports activities.
- Use a night guard If you grind your teeth at night. It helps to reduce gum recession.
Call Byerly Dental at (317) 632-1488 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Preventive Care.