What is Preventive Dentistry?
“Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one’s teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and annual dental cleanings.”
The most important stages of preventive are the following:
- Early Prevention
It is very important to start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. We recommend visiting a pediatric dentist before your child’s 2nd birthday. Introduce kids’ toothpaste and a soft baby toothbrush at the earliest possible time.
- At-home oral hygiene
The most important preventive technique that you can (and should) exercise at home, is brushing your teeth regularly and flossing at least twice a day, more preferably after every meal. This helps to remove dental plaque, (biofilm) a film-like coating that forms on your teeth after meals. If not removed, plaque can build up and produce dental tartar, a hardened, sticky substance with acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay and if left untreated, can lead to gum disease.
Fluoride is a substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevents tooth decay. It is strongly advised to start using toothpaste that contains fluoride at a very young age. Fluoride treatments are also provided in dental offices, and dentists recommend using fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses at home. Public water fluoridation also provides a major source of fluoride, so it’s important to drink tap water besides/instead of the usual bottled water. If you worry about contamination, use a walter filtering system.
We recommend eating a well balanced, healthy diet to keep your teeth in a good shape for your whole life. Bacteria that causes tooth decay feed on sugers and carbohydrates and produce dental plaque that can lead to tooth decay and form cavities. It is also important to maintain a well balanced calcium intake to avoid developing gum (periodontal) disease and at an older age, even jaw deterioration.
- Regular dental visits, professional cleanings and screening
It is highly important that you visit your dental professional at least twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings.
- Dental Sealants
Sealants are mostly used in pediatric dentistry. Sealants are thin composite coatings that we place on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of back permanent teeth to protect your child from tooth decay. Take advantage of this great technology and have your child’s teeth sealed to prevent cavities.