The practice of looking after your gums and teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene to keep them healthy is known as preventive dentistry.
The main aim is to avoid cavities, gum infections, enamel wear, tooth loss and more. With the advent of years of refined diet, we have become more susceptible to oral diseases and hence maintaining them has become extremely important. With advancements in dentistry prevention of oral diseases has become easier. Maintenance of oral hygiene has to be practiced from an early age.
The daily routines of brushing and flossing twice are the simplest form of preventive dentistry. Visiting a dentist with 6 months follow up is another way of preventing oral diseases. Children benefit most from the preventive dentistry protocol which as it allows their newly developed adult teeth to come strong and healthy.
Preventive dentistry aims to prevent initiation and progress of dental diseases, limits their complications and also to provide rehabilitation.
ADVANTAGES OF PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY
- Helps in the maintenance of the health of gums and teeth.
- Prevents the occurrence of cavities and caries.
- Prevents gum diseases
- Prevents or reduces the chances of upcoming crooked teeth
PREVENTION OF DENTAL DECAY
- Pit and fissure sealants – Sealants are a safe and painless way to prevent tooth decay and when it is applied in the deep fissures and pits of back teeth (molars and premolars) they prevent cavities.
- In this, a protective barrier is placed on the tooth surface which keeps the tooth safe from decays.
- Fluoride application – Fluoride is a mineral which increases the strength of teeth and also prevents decays and can be recommended in both children and adults. Fluoride gel is applied on trays and then placed on the teeth wherein it forms a strong layer thereby making the teeth resistant to decays.
- Enameloplasty – In this procedure the deep fissures and fossas are broadened which prevents food lodgement thereby preventing decay. As a result, during chewing the food particles are swept away from the surface preventing the possibilities of decays.
- Oral prophylaxis – A simple procedure of professional cleaning of teeth dislodges the plaque deposits on the teeth and hence maintains the health of the gums. This procedure should be done at an interval of 6 months.
- Serial extraction – It’s a planned extraction of certain deciduous teeth and specific permanent teeth to guide the erupting permanent teeth into a favorable position. This prevents the possibility of crowding in the future. This is usually done during the age of 8 to 9 years.
- Space maintainers – Space maintainers are custom made appliances which are placed to maintain space for the erupting permanent teeth.
Prevention is always better than cure ! Visit your nearest Partha Dental Clinic today and prevent any dental disease in future !