Preventive dentistry is an easy way to help you avoid the very worst problems with your teeth and mouth. It’s a contemporary approach to oral care that could mean that in the future you need to have less treatment for your teeth and gums. Preventive dentistry involves a dentist, hygienist and patient working as a team to avoid the negative cycles of decay, tooth loss and gum disease. It may involve your dental team putting together a ‘maintenance plan’ to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, with regular treatments and appoints involved.
Step 1. Your dentist will take a look at your teeth and gums to identify and issues and work through treatments that might be needed. The objective is a healthy mouth on an ongoing basis so the dentist will be looking for existing problems, as well as those that might arise in the future.
Step 2. Your dentist will take a look at any fillings you have to see if there are any rough edges that might impede cleaning and to identify any fillings that are in bad repair.
Step 3. Your teeth will get a full scale and polish.
Step 4. You’ll be given some basic tips on how to brush your teeth and the best way to clean them so that they are completely clean. This will include using floss to get rid of plaque. When you consume sugary food and drink the bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar in the food or drink into acid and this is one of the main causes of tooth decay. Issues like gum inflammation and the build up of hard tartar can also occur as a result of plaque.
Step 5. The dentist or hygienist will go through which products are the best for you to use based on your mouth and your oral needs.
Step 6. The dentist may want to have a chat about your lifestyle, for example how much you drink, whether you smoke and what your diet is like. All these factors influence your mouth health and you may need to make a few changes as part of your maintenance plan.
Preventive dentistry is being viewed as one of the best ways to ensure your overall wellbeing – issues with the mouth can affect many areas of your life, from speaking and eating to your confidence. Mouth problems in children can affect healthy body development and growth so even the youngest of patients can benefit from preventive dentistry.
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