As the name implies, preventive dentistry is all about taking proactive measures to maintain the health of your gums and teeth. It focuses on preventing dental cavities, tooth loss, enamel wear, gum diseases, and other dental issues.
Importance of Preventive Dentistry
You must have heard the saying, “Prevention is better than cure.” The same applies to dental care too. Several other reasons stress the importance of preventive dental care, such as:
- It helps you maintain optimal health of teeth and gums. Taking proper care of your teeth makes you less vulnerable to tooth loss due to decay and gum diseases.
- It keeps you from suffering the pain caused by oral diseases. You can prevent major dental issues with proactive prevention.
- As oral health is connected to your overall health, preventive dental care helps you maintain a healthier body.
Procedures Falling Under Preventive Dentistry
Pits and fissure sealants
Pits and fissures are more susceptible to decay. We apply sealants in the pits and deep fissures of your back teeth to help you prevent tooth decay.
We broaden your fissures and fossas through enameloplasty to prevent food lodgment, and hence, prevent tooth decay.
We apply fluoride gel on trays and place them on your teeth. It forms a layer of fluoride that fortifies them and helps to prevent decay.
Under oral prophylaxis, we perform a thorough dental cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar deposited on the surface of your teeth. It helps in maintaining the health of your gums.
We plan extractions of certain primary and permanent teeth to guide the erupting teeth into the correct position to avoid crowding of teeth. We do this procedure in children between 8 and 9 years of age.
We use space maintainers (customized appliances) to maintain proper space for permanent teeth in children with the early loss of primary teeth.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
- It prevents the occurrence of dental cavities.
- It prevents gum diseases.
- It prevents the chances of malalignment of teeth in children.
- It helps in maintaining the overall health of your oral cavity.
How to Practice Preventive Dental Care at Home?
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss regularly.
- Rinse your mouth after eating anything.
- Consume a balanced diet.
- Stay away from food and drinks that carry a lot of sugar and acid.
- If you drink non-fluoridated water, use fluoride rinses to strengthen your teeth.
Please reach out to our Premier Arts Dental in Freehold, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shah. Please call us at (732) 702-2787 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.