Prevention is one of the most important areas in modern dental science. The health and the appearance of teeth are integral parts of the image of any successful person. Lack of proper dental care causes inflammation, destruction of tooth enamel, bad breath, and a number of other problems.
Most of us go to the dentist only when the pain starts to interfere with our daily lives. A small problem can easily develop into a complex and expensive one. Some preventative measures combined with good oral cleaning habits can prevent most of your dental problems.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the prevention of a number of dental diseases, such as caries, pulpitis, and other periodontal diseases. Preventive dentistry for the teeth and gums is a set of therapeutic measures that prevent the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity and their harmful effects on health.
Visiting the dentist helps with preventive dentistry. The dentist has enough in his arsenal to preserve the health of the teeth and oral cavity. This includes tools allowing for the professional removal of plaque, fluoride, sealing fissures, and much more.
Oral hygiene is available to everyone. Today, anyone can get detailed information and advice on how to properly brush their teeth and take care of the oral cavity.
To significantly reduce the risk of dental diseases, it is important to follow the recommendations of preventive dentistry. This includes methods and basic rules for the care of teeth and gums.
Oral health depends on external factors (proper dental care, social conditions, water quality, and food) and internal (hereditary predisposition, age, anatomical features). Therefore, dental prophylaxis involves regular monitoring of the health status and quality care of the oral cavity.
What Does Preventive Dentistry Do?
Preventive dentistry is the process of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid:
- gum disease,
- enamel wear,
Dr. Sahakyan recommends professional teeth cleaning before treatment. Regularly visit a hygienist and during orthodontic treatment to minimize the risk of complications.
Preventive Dentistry Strategies
The main preventive measure in dentistry is thorough hygiene of the oral cavity, including cleaning the teeth at least twice a day, and using mouthwash, and dental floss. But this is often not enough. This is where professional preventive dentistry comes in, which includes a whole range of dental services:
- Fluoridation and remineralization of teeth ;
- Fissure sealing;
- Cleaning of teeth;
- Removal of plaque.
Fluoridation of the teeth is applying a special varnish to the tooth enamel that contains fluoride. As a result, its deficiency is compensated and the hardness, and hence the durability of the teeth, is increased.
Remineralization of teeth to strengthen them is done by applying a special gel to restore the mineral composition of the previously damaged enamel. This procedure reduces the risk of caries, reduces the sensitivity of the teeth, and even lightens the enamel. Both fluoridation and tooth remineralization helps with the restoration of tooth enamel.
However, in a situation where soft or hardened plaque accumulates on the teeth in excess, it is necessary to professionally clean and bleach the teeth in the first case, or remove tartar in the second. After this, in order to prevent the development of caries in the future, it is recommended to undergo the procedure of sealing fissures. The grooves located on the chewing surface of the teeth are difficult to access with daily care, and thus become a haven for caries-causing microorganisms. Closing fissures with a special seal can solve this problem for many years. After carrying out preventive procedures, patients are advised to care for their teeth and oral cavity at home.
Prevention measures in dentistry are divided into home and in-office care. This combination allows you to achieve maximum effect. The earlier the prevention of problems becomes a habit, the less time will be spent on visits to dentists. It is never too late to master the basics of proper oral care. Ideally, parents should brush their children’s teeth after the first teeth grow.
Preventive oral care strategies for adults and children include a number of home and in-office care activities.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
At-Home Oral hygiene consists of:
- Regular brushing of teeth with properly selected toothpaste.
- Use of dental floss.
- Rinse with elixirs and herbal decoctions.
- Chew sugarless gum.
In-office Preventive Dentistry
A healthy oral cavity and beautiful teeth will help you become more confident. It is not always possible to solve the problem by classic methods. This is where restoring the teeth with aesthetic dentistry can help. Your teeth will sparkle. The procedure includes:
- restoration of frontal teeth or giving tissues another volume;
- architectural change of each tooth according to the wishes of the patient;
- alignment and whitening;
- elimination of minor damage to periodontal tissue;
- change in enamel color.
In-office care preventive dentistry includes:
- Use of cleaning pastes, elixirs, and varnishes to increase the mineralization of the enamel of teeth.
- Selection of mineral-vitamin complexes.
- Use of sealants to protect certain areas of the teeth.
- Professional cleaning of teeth and removing soft and hard plaque.
- Strengthening of teeth and healing of gums.
Preventive Dentistry Treatments
You should not forget about regular visits to the dentist. Modern technologies allow a tangible increase in the effect of dental prophylaxis.
Prevention from our specialists includes the following procedures:
- Dental cleaning of the oral cavity. High-tech equipment will allow you to get rid of the plaque on the teeth most effectively. This is one of the key measures to prevent caries. The procedure is absolutely painless.
- Fissure filling service with a special fluorine-containing preparation, which has a sealing effect.
- General treatment of teeth with fluoride is not only one of the means of caries prevention but even fights with it in the initial stages.
And after the completion of all necessary procedures, our dentist will consult you about having a proper diet.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Regular adherence to the recommendations of the dentist and compliance with oral hygiene will allow you to maintain fresh breath and healthy teeth. Sweets are not only an excellent food for microorganisms that destroy tooth enamel, but they also deprive teeth of chewing load and self-cleaning processes.
It is necessary to try and replace sweets with fruits and berries. In this case, preventive and routine visits to the dentist will be reduced to two times a year.
Prophylaxis of teeth in dentistry is the most accessible and painless way to preserve health. Any disease is easier to prevent than treat, especially since caries and gum disease are threatening with complications. If you get preventive measures done now, you will save a lot of money that would’ve been spent on treatment.
In our dental office, each patient makes an individual plan of activities. Dr. Sahakyan provides a full range of services for preventive dentistry. If you need to know more about preventive dentistry, please call 1-818-578-2324 for a consultation now.