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What Does Preventive Dentistry Entail?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dr. Nick Raptou
a mom in the bathroom with kids brushing teeth inspecting a clean smilePreventive dentistry focuses on regular check-ups and treatments to prevent dental issues rather than treat dental conditions. By taking a proactive approach to oral hygiene, you can reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as cavities, tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and others. So, what exactly does a preventive care routine look like?

Routine Dental Examinations

At the core of preventive dentistry is regular examination by your dentist. This is why families that use preventive dentistry visit their dentists regularly. While you may not have to be examined on every visit, your dentist will take keen observations. These observations help catch any potential problems before they develop further.

Regular Deep Cleaning

Preventive dentistry also involves regular cleaning and general care of your teeth. You should expect at least a regular cleaning session every time you visit your dentist. Furthermore, your dentist provides instructions for proper dental hygiene at home. The dentist will prescribe a range of techniques, including at-home habits like brushing twice daily and flossing daily.

Early Disease Detection

Attending regular dental appointments helps diagnose and treat potential issues at an early stage. Preventive dentistry aims to keep problems such as gum disease, tooth sensitivity, enamel erosion, and other oral health issues at bay. Therefore, your dentist will continually look out for any signs and ask questions to get a clear picture. If your family has a history of certain dental conditions, your dentist will come up with a proper prevention plan.

Pediatric Dentistry

If you have a family dental care plan, preventive dentistry often includes pediatric dental care. It is crucial to monitor the development of the teeth of your children from an early stage. Preventive dental care will help prevent potential tooth problems. It is also important to help treat any potential tooth problems that your child might suffer from. Pediatric dentistry emphasizes early education on proper oral hygiene to encourage a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

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