At Impression Dental Care, we firmly believe that good dental hygiene is the foundation of your oral health. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you may find yourself forking over thousands of dollars to restore your teeth.
Preventive dentistry combines daily good oral hygiene practices at home with chair-side treatments and counseling by dental professionals to prevent tooth decay and other complications from poor oral health.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental checkups each year for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. Adhering to this recommendation can help your dentist stop dental disease in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and limiting your expense.
As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, begin daily teeth cleaning. Visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth erupts, or no later than 12 months of age, to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program for your child.
Preventive Dentistry Strategies
Preventive oral care strategies for children and adults include the following:
At-home oral hygiene. The most important prevention technique is brushing and flossing at least twice a day (or after every meal) to remove dental plaque. If not removed, plaque can build up and produce dental tartar, a hardened, sticky substance with acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay and lead to gum disease.
Diet. Foods with sugars and carbohydrates feed the bacteria that produce dental plaque, while calcium-poor diets increase your chances of developing gum (periodontal) disease and jaw deterioration.
Regular dental visits. If you don’t regularly visit your dentist, you may not be aware of dental problems until they cause significant damage. Regular dental check-ups should be scheduled at least every six months. These visits allow your dentist to perform oral cancer screenings, check for decay, and monitor oral growth and development in children
Dental cleanings and screenings. A professional dental cleaning is recommended at least every six months to remove dental plaque and, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay.
X-rays. X-rays enable dentists to look for signs of dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between teeth and problems below the gum line.
Mouth guards. Mouth guards – particularly a custom-made mouth guard prescribed by your dentist to provide a better fit – can be worn during sports activities to protect against broken teeth. Mouth guards also are used to treat teeth grinding (bruxism), which can wear down teeth and contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Orthodontics. A bad bite (malocclusion) can impair eating and speaking, and crooked teeth are hard to keep clean. Correcting an improper bite with orthodontics limits the possibility of future dental problems.
Sealants. Sealants are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth to protect your child from tooth decay.
Avoid smoking and drinking. Smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol consumption can negatively affect your oral health. Apart from dry mouth, tooth discoloration and plaque buildup, smoking causes gum disease, tooth loss and even oral cancer.