what is preventive dentistry?
Preventive care is a modern approach to dentistry. Preventive dentists and hygienists aim to reduce the amount of dental treatment that you need by working together with you to maintain a healthy mouth. The hope is to avoid the traditional cycle of fillings and extractions. Preventive dentistry can help you to keep your own teeth for a lifetime.
is it really possible to prevent dental decay and disease?
The two main causes of tooth loss are dental decay and gum disease. With modern dental treatments and oral hygiene products it is possible to prevent or at least substantially reduce these diseases in the mouth. Preventive dentistry can benefit anyone who has some of their own teeth – it’s never too late to start.
what is the process?
Your dentist will assess your teeth and gums and devise an individual plan of action for you. Your dentist and hygienist will then work together to give you appropriate advice and help to look after your mouth. They will tell you about and demonstrate the best methods of brushing and flossing to remove the build up of dental plaque (see below). They’ll advise you about fluoride products and the effect of diet on oral health. If you follow this advice and continue to have regular check-ups with the dentist and visits to the hygienist, it should ensure that your mouth stays healthy. Your dentist and hygienist may also carry out SRP therapy (ie scaling and root planing – also called “periodontal treatment”) to remove any build-up of hard tartar (calculus).