Preventive dental is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dental treatment, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
The most important part of preventive dental treatment is to brush your teeth twice a day. Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath.
Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth.
Visit Your Dentist
You should see your dentist every 6 – 12 monthly ,depending upon your oral health for a full mouth checkup and clean.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day..
What Does Preventive Dental Treatment Do?
Preventive dental treatment prevents people from developing dental problems later on. If you use proper dental care, you can avoid or lessen the effects of these:
Professional cleaning/scale and clean by visiting your dentist every six months. By early intervention and educating the patient, we can work together to prevent problems from re-occurring in the future.
Fluoride treatment: fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and makes your teeth resistant to decay.
With children, always supervise while they are brushing their teeth and make sure you lift the lip to see and remove any plaque sitting on the gum area.
The above measures become even more important if a person has any medical condition like diabetes, heart disease etc. or taking medications or if one smokes.
Fissures are the grooves found in the enamel of the teeth. They are mostly found on the back teeth which are your premolar and molar teeth. In some teeth, these grooves can be very deep and narrow and can lead to food getting adhered to the biting surfaces of the tooth. So to protect these teeth from developing any decay, fissure sealants are recommended.