Preventive care and oral hygiene

Preventive care and oral hygiene

Jun 16, 2019

Preventive dentistry is the modern way of keeping the mouth healthy. Decay and gum disease are the two main causes of tooth loss. The better you prevent these two, the more chance of keeping your teeth healthy.

Can everybody benefit from preventive dentistry?

Yes, people who don’t have any teeth can also benefit as during regular visits to the dentist, mouth cancer can be determined. It can be treated with time.

What is involved?

The dental team will first check your teeth and gums. The main aim is to help you get good dental health. They will remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth.

The dentist will show brushing and flossing techniques. They advise to take proper diet and avoid smoking and drinking.

Will dental team recommend treatment?

A ‘preventive dentist’ often recommends treatment to strengthen a tooth so it does not break. It is always better than waiting until the tooth breaks and dealing with it as an emergency.

What else can the dentist and hygienist do to help prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride helps in resisting tooth decay. The dentist recommends the right level of fluoride for use in toothpaste. If you are at risk of decay, the dentist may recommend high-strength fluoride toothpaste.

Can diet affect teeth?

Consumption of sugary foods and drinks can cause decay. Limit the intake of sugary snacks and drinks. Foods such as cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables are good for your teeth. Fruits, vegetables and minerals help in preventing gum disease and protect against mouth cancer.

What oral care products should I use?

There are many kinds of toothpastes that help with plaque, gum disease and sensitive teeth. Use mouthwashes which contain anti-bacterial ingredients for better preventive care.

Use a toothbrush with a small to medium sized head and soft to medium bristles. Electric toothbrushes with an oscillating and rotating action are better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque. It can remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. If you are not sure, ask the dentist for advice that suits your needs.

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