Practicing preventive dental care is a key part of keeping one’s teeth healthy. Good oral health can have a positive impact on your child’s general health, too.
Preventive dentistry combines routine dental check-ups with practicing good dental habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth.
The earlier a patient learns to properly care for their teeth, the easier it will be to do so throughout their life.
Preventive dental care may include services such as oral exams approximately twice a year, getting your teeth cleaned, and routine dental X-rays.
Teaching your child to properly take care of their teeth now will save them a lot of time and money in the future.
Prophylaxis, also known as teeth cleaning, refers to a thorough cleaning procedure performed to keep your teeth healthy. Removing plaque above and below the gum line, and showing patients and parents how to effectively do it at home can be instrumental in halting the progression of periodontal disease (gum disease) and cavities. Teeth cleanings can remove tartar buildup and can result in fresher breath and better looking teeth.
Fluoride is a type of natural mineral that can help to prevent dental decay. Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated type of fluoride applied to the surface of a patient’s teeth by a dentist as a type of topical fluoride therapy. As an essential part of good oral health, fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and helps to fight harmful bacteria.
Teaching children how to brush their teeth properly is an important step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It’s suggested that patients brush for two minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. When flossing, use about 18 inches of dental floss curving the floss into a C-shape as you slide it along each tooth. Proper brushing and flossing can greatly minimize the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Sealants are thin, protective coatings made out of plastic or other materials that adhere to the top of your back teeth and can keep cavities from forming. They can also reduce the risk of decay by roughly 80%. Sealants often last several years and the procedure to attach them is quick and painless.
Dental mouthguards, which are also called mouth protectors, are intended to lessen trauma to the face. They can also lessen the risk of injuries to a patient’s lips, teeth, tongue, and jaw and protect teeth from damage. They generally cover the upper teeth of a patient’s mouth and protect the soft tissue.