A healthy mouth is crucial to your overall well-being, which is why preventative dental care is important. Like any other preventative medical practice, preventative dental care involves taking minor steps on a regular basis to prevent problems with your gums and teeth.
As such, taking a proactive approach helps you avoid having to take major steps (and expenses) to cure the problem. This includes the prevention of gum disease, cavities and enamel loss.
The American Dental Association or ADA recommends going to your dentist regularly, investing in dental cleanings and committing to daily brushing. These practices help ensure your teeth are strong, white, and clean.
Aside from these, there are also services you can avail of from your dentist at regular intervals. These include dental examination, professional cleaning and fluoride treatment.
Read further to learn more about these preventative dental services.
1. Comprehensive Dental Exam
Your dentist will perform a thorough exam to evaluate the health of your gums, teeth and surrounding tissues. This consists of a review of your medical history, X-rays and visual examinations.
The results will be discussed with you, and you will be provided options for maintaining your oral health. You may also be advised to undergo annual periodic exams and X-rays as needed. This way, your dentist can identify as well as treat possible trouble spots before they turn into serious problems.
2. Child Exam and Cleaning
You must take your child to a reputable dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts. To alleviate dental anxiety, the dentist and staff will explain each procedure in a child-friendly, enjoyable way. This way, your child’s visit can be a comfortable and pleasant experience.
Your child’s first dental visit and cleaning will give your kids a good start for a lifetime of optimum dental health. This visit will consist of a visual examination, teeth counting, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instructions and X-rays when necessary.
3. Professional Dental Cleaning
Regular dental check-up and visits are crucial for a healthy mouth and fresh breath. You can further improve your breath, appearance, and overall health with professional dental cleaning services at least twice a year.
Professional dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque from your teeth to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Your dentist will remove hardened deposits known as tartar that can’t be removed even with proper brushing and flossing at home. Moreover, your teeth will be polished and surface stains will be removed so you can have a bright, healthy smile.
Sealants are highly recommended for all ages because they provide long-lasting protection. In this procedure, your dentist applies a clear resin to the chewing surfaces. Sealants are applied to prevent acids and food particles from finding their way into small tooth gaps where decay usually begins.
These deep grooves can result in tooth decay because bristles can’t get in and clean them. As a result, bacteria will stay and destroy the enamel of your tooth, thereby causing a cavities. So if you have deep grooves in your teeth, sealant application is recommended.
If you participate in contact sports activities, it is paramount that you protect your teeth. Having a custom-made mouthguard that fits perfectly in your mouth will help protect your tongue, teeth, and lips from any trauma.
Examples of sports that require the use of mouthguards are football, field hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer and martial arts. But they are also recommended for baseball, gymnastics, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, and basketball.
A mouthguard is also recommended for those who grind their teeth while sleeping. This will help stop damage to the jaw joints and teeth by providing a barrier so the opposing jaws glide instead of locking your teeth together.
Mouthguards are made by making an impression of your upper teeth. This impression will provide a mold to make sure that it will be a proper fit. After several days, you will be fitted for the mouthguard. When everything fits perfectly, you can take it home the same day.
6. Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatment is considered one of the leading preventative treatments in dentistry. This helps prevent tooth decay because fluoride makes your teeth more resistant to it.
If you or any of your family members have gum recession or tooth sensitivity, this is a good preventative dental service you should invest in. This is also an excellent way to get the best protection against cavities as fluoride is useful in enamel restoration.
Your oral health is connected to your overall health and well-being, so maintaining a clean and healthy mouth will benefit your body as a whole. Don’t neglect to invest in these preventative dental services today. But if dental problems already exist, consider getting restorative dentistry services immediately.
Dr. Yvette Porter is the founding dentist at Apple Dental in Newstead, Brisbane, which she started over 11 years ago, and continues to own and practice there today. She works with a team of female dentists who aim to provide gentle, and affordable dental care to patients in Brisbane. Dr. Porter is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is passionate about family, and children’s dentistry, hoping to make their dental experience truly pleasant.