Preventive dentistry is a sure way to avoid dental interventions; it puts the emphasis on daily care and regular visits at the dentist which will help detect and prevent oral diseases such as oral cancer, gum diseases and cavities. Preventive dental care is paramount since the contribute to healthy teeth and gums.
Preventive dentistry is the best way to prevent costly dental treatments in the future. Make an appointment today for a dental exam and cleaning!
Good oral hygiene habits
Many daily care habits can help prevent disease and cavities: the brushing of teeth and tongue at least twice a day, combined with the use of floss and mouthwash. To maximize their benefits, it is also important to know how to use them. The use of an electric or manual toothbrush, with soft bristles and made of nylon, is the starting point of a good brushing technique.
- Place the toothbrush at the edge of the gum at a 45-degree angle to cover the surface of the tooth and the edge of the gum;
- Move the brush from bottom to top and in circles to gently remove plaque and food residue from the tooth surface and the edge of the gum;
- Be sure to brush the inner and outer parts of all teeth, including the bottom teeth, even if they are hard to reach.
Use floss to clean surfaces between teeth and help prevent cavities and gum infections. The correct method is to:
- use an 18-inch-long piece of dental floss, wrapped around the middle fingers of each hand;
- insert the remaining wire (about two inches in length) between each tooth using the thumbs to direct the movements;
- scrape gently to remove plaque between teeth;
- always pass the thread over the edge of the gum to remove the plaque;
- make sure that the floss remains in contact with the tooth while moving it along the tooth.
Finally, a visit to your dentist every six months will also help prevent dental problems, such as decay or periodontal disease. A dental checkup and oral cancer screening will detect problems that might have gone unnoticed to you during your routine care at home.
Preventive dentistry for kids
Healthy teeth start from childhood. Parents should start flossing and brushing their teeth with the appearance of their first baby tooth - and make an appointment with the dentist at the age of one year or within six months following the appearance of this first tooth. From that tender age, children should also consult the dentist every six months. To learn more on pediatric dentistry, click here!