Preventive Dental Care

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Preventive Dental Care and Maintenance

The idea behind preventive dental care and maintenance is simple—“Prevention is better than cure.” This branch of dentistry emphasizes the importance of on going hygienic procedures and daily practices that allow potential patients to prevent tooth decay, other dental diseases and conditions. Most dental practitioners stress on the fact that for effective preventive care, patients are expected to combine at-home dental care and hygiene, chair-side treatment along with counselling by professionals.

What is early prevention and when should this be considered?

Preventive treatment should be started right after a child gets his/her first tooth. A paediatric dentist should be visited as soon as the first tooth erupts or at least after the child’s first birthday. The dentist will establish a comprehensive oral health prevention programme for your child, depending on the situation.

Why should you consider preventive care?

According to the American Dental Association, most, if not all, dental diseases are preventable. Additionally, untreated dental conditions could essentially lead to serious health issues. For example, a small infection in your gums could spread to other parts of your body if it is left untreated for long enough.

For this reason, preventive dental care and maintenance hold apex importance.

What is at-home oral hygiene?

At-home oral hygiene is the oral care that you, as a patient, need to maintain yourself. This includes regular brushing and flossing of your teeth (after every meal or at least twice a day) and using the required liquids and fluorides as and when needed.

What is patient education important?

Patients who clearly understand the result of poor dental health are more than likely to visit their dentist and consult about preventive dentistry treatments. So, maintain healthy oral habits and get regular counselling from your dentist or oral practitioner.