The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

Nov 01, 2021

Preventive dentistry is a dental practice which deals with maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent any dental issues that may be incurred in the future. It is easier to stop dental health issues from happening than repairing the damage after it has happened. Besides, preventive dentistry also helps to reduce the risk of gingivitis, cavities, periodontitis, and enamel loss. This, therefore, helps reduce the risk of secondary health problems that can be caused by poor oral health, such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

Preventive dental care at Manchester Dental Group includes services such as dental check-ups, professional dental cleanings, dental sealants, dental fillings, X-rays, regular brushing, and dental flossing.

You should see your dentist twice a year for a dental check-up and professional cleaning. Your dentist will check for any problems in your gums and teeth and do a thorough professional cleaning to remove any plaque, tartar, or food debris that subject teeth to decay. Unfortunately, since most of these oral conditions are painless in their early stages, you may not be aware of them until they cause damage if you don’t adhere to regular dental check-ups.

What Does Preventive Dentistry Entail?

The following are types of preventive dental services and practices:

  • Regular flossing and brushing at least twice a day, as well as replacing your toothbrush as recommended by the dentist or the manufactures.
  • Fluoride treatment; This strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay. Use a mouth rinse and a fluoride toothpaste while at home or visit your dentist to have a fluoride treatment.
  • Sticking to a healthy and balanced diet – It is not only essential to your oral health but your overall health as well. Avoid sugary foods and drinks which feed the bacteria that accumulate and form plaque. Instead, include calcium-rich foods that decrease the chances of jaw deterioration or gum diseases.
  • Dental radiographs(x-rays) – This is a critical component of preventive and proactive care as it enables your dentist to find problems invisible to the naked eye and detect dental problems before they spread.
  • Cavity prevention sealants – Dental sealants are coatings painted on chewing surfaces to prevent cavities. They are mostly meant for children and teenagers.
  • Preventive tooth fillings restore teeth that had been damaged by decay to their normal functioning and shape.
  • Wearing mouthguards while playing games such as football to absorb hefty blows on your oral cavity. Nightguards are also important for people with clenching or grinding problems.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Besides a healthy oral cavity and an aesthetic smile, preventive dentistry has the following benefits:

  • Fewer expenses

Preventive dentistry helps reduce the amount of expenses that will be spent in the future. Compared to the costs of major dental procedures, professional cleanings are relatively cheap. So investing in your preventive care can save you a lot of money in the future.

  • Saves time

If you are told to choose between spending hours in a dentist’s office or a few minutes flossing or brushing your teeth, the answer is pretty much obvious.

  • Less pain

Keeping your gums and teeth healthy prevents minor dental problems that can turn into major problems that require root canals and dental crowns. Unfortunately, both these dental procedures are painful because it involves drilling into your teeth.

  • Patients get their social life back

Oral health problems such as crooked teeth, bad breath, and discolored teeth can make one feel self-conscious about their smile. People with these problems often suffer from low self-esteem as they interact with their peers or colleagues. All it takes is seeing your dentist, who will care for your problems and improve your smile’s aesthetic.

  • Dentist offer advice on the best oral hygiene practices

Sometimes it is hard to identify the best toothbrush or toothpaste to use; these products have several ingredients, and knowing which to choose is a challenge. It is even worse as all the products promise the best results. A preventive dental visit has a professional who will talk to patients about medically approved products for oral health. They also advise you on the proper techniques to clean your teeth and mouth and the proper healthy diet to follow.

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