Preventive dental care involves taking care of your teeth and gums through proper hygiene measures and regular checkups. It helps keep your teeth healthy and make an attractive smile. Preventive dental techniques help you avoid cavities, enamel wear, and gum diseases and maintain the overall health of your mouth. It is crucial to begin dental care from childhood and keep it throughout your life. You can practice preventive dental care from home and professionally with the help of your dentist. Dr. Maham Siddiqui can guide you on the appropriate home practices to maintain oral hygiene. There are many preventive dental treatments, including:
- Regular oral examinations
You should visit your dentist for a dental checkup every six months. During these appointments, your dentist conducts oral examinations, which may include:
Oral cancer screenings: Your dentist observes your neck, lips, tongue, face, throat, and gums to check for any signs of cancer.
Diagnostic X-ray: This imaging test can help detect tumors, cysts, tooth decay, or bone loss. X-rays can also help dentists locate teeth and roots during surgeries.
Gum examination: Your doctor can examine your gums to check for periodontal diseases.
Observing restorations: If you have any teeth restorations like fillings, crowns, veneers, or implants, your dentist can examine for any defects like breakage.
- Dental cleaning
Dental cleaning involves the following procedures:
Plaque removal: When food remains and bacteria accumulate on your teeth, they form a pale film known as plaque. Bacteria are harmful to your mouth and can cause cavities and gum inflammation.
Tartar elimination: when plaque accumulates over a long period, it forms tartar. Tartar forms below and above your gum line, and you cannot clean it through brushing or flossing. It is only removed by a professional through special dental instruments.
Teeth polishing: Professional teeth polishing helps eliminate stains and plaque on your teeth, giving you a cleaner appearance.
- Dental sealants placement
Dental sealants are thin sheets of plastic your dentist places on your teeth, especially those used for chewing. These sealants shield your teeth from food debris and bacteria that cause cavities. If set correctly, they can protect your teeth from decay. Proper brushing can help remove food remains in your teeth but may not eliminate debris in all nooks. Sealants prevent these vulnerable sections from plaque.
- Fluoride treatment
Fluoride treatment enhances teeth mineralization where minerals fuse to deteriorating sections of your tooth enamel. Fluoride alters the production of bacteria acids, preventing tooth decay. It also reduces the risk of getting teeth sensitivity. Fluoride treatment is an economical method of maintaining oral health.
- Home oral care practices
Home care involves personal oral hygiene measures. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Brush for about two minutes to ensure you access all parts, and use a brush with soft bristles to prevent wearing your tooth down. Avoid acidic foods that can destroy your tooth enamel. Use a mouth guard to prevent teeth breakage or chipping when engaging in sports. Avoid smoking as it can lead to dental problems.
Preventive dental treatments help you avoid oral disorders and maintain dental health. Schedule an appointment with SPA Dental Group for preventative dental treatments to avoid future teeth complications.