GENERAL DENTISTS AND FAMILY DENTISTS FOCUS ON PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY—which includes a combination of daily oral hygiene habits at home as well as regular dental cleanings and checkups at the dental office to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Unfortunately, many people neglect proper dental care. Tooth decay or deterioration left undetected can lead to need for more significant restorative treatment such as dental crowns, dental implants, or full mouth reconstruction. Gum disease, if not diagnosed early, can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease or stroke. Preventative dentistry is a crucial part of protecting your oral health, general health, and avoiding future dental expenses.
Elements of Preventative Dentistry
Many people think of regular dental check-ups when they think of preventative dentistry. But the elements of preventative dentistry occur both inside and outside the dental office.
Dental Hygiene—While your dentist can help protect your oral health with preventative procedures and techniques, everyday dental hygiene is one of the most important parts of preventative dentistry. Flossing and brushing twice a day is crucial to guarding against tooth decay and disease. Without these daily habits, plaque and tarter quickly begin to build and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists recommend a dental checkup and cleaning every six months to clean plaque buildup that a toothbrush and floss cannot reach.
Dental X-Rays—In addition to manual examinations, dental x-rays are an important part of preventative dentistry. X-rays can detect cavities, some tumors, bone infections, and other diseases, which are difficult or impossible to see with the natural eye. Many dentists today offer digital x-rays to reduce radiation exposure.
Fluoride—Fluoride is a mineral that plays an important part in preventative dentistry by strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay. In addition to fluoride treatments at your regular dental checkup, many dentists recommend toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride for more frequent use.
Diet—Many people don’t realize that a nutritious diet can be an important aspect of preventative dentistry. Foods containing sugar quickly begin to attack the teeth soon after they enter the mouth. Many dentists recommend avoiding soft drinks and sugary foods and brushing your teeth as soon as possible if you do eat foods high in sugar.
Sealants—A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied over back teeth that have tiny grooves and ridges where plaque can hide and the toothbrush can’t reach as easily. Covering up the grooves helps to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are most often applied as preventive dentistry for children.
Find Crown Council Family Dentists Or General Dentists Near You
To learn more about preventative dentistry or to schedule an appointment with one of the qualified Crown Council general dentists or family dentists in your area, find and contact a Crown Council member dentist today. Crown Council member dentists are committed to excellence in dentistry, continuing education, patient care, and community and humanitarian service.