Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more. Preventive dentistry is a joint venture between you, your family, and your dental provider to maintain optimal health through a customized routine or plan.
Did you know…
that there are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by Dr. Madden. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are kept clean, strong and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. According the ADA, children should have their first dental appointment prior to their first birthday.
Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA for at least 2 minutes. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or as the bristles start to fray. Soft bristle toothbrushes are recommended by Dr. Madden. Electrical toothbrushes are proven to be more effective at cleaning the teeth.
Flossing daily is also recommended by the ADA and Dr. Madden. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth that harbor cavity causing bacteria. If you brush your teeth without flossing, Dr. Madden believes that is similar to only soaping 60% of your body while showering. If you have braces, you may need to use floss threaders to go between the brackets (Dr. Madden loves the Platypus Orthodontic Flossers).
To get the most out of your flossing, you’ll want to make sure you are flossing the correct way. At your next dental appointment, ask Dr. Madden or your hygienist for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you are getting the full benefit from using this essential tool. Threaded floss remains Dr. Madden’s superior recommendation over other flossing devices.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Vitamins are important for oral health. Eating a varied diet will help you to get all of the vitamins you need to maintain a healthy smile.
What Does Preventive Dentistry Do?
Preventive dentistry prevent people from developing dental problems later on. If you use proper dental care, you can avoid or lessen the effects of the following: Cavities, Gingivitis, Gum Disease, Enamel Loss and Tooth Loss
What Are the Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry?
Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children, in particular, benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride are treatments to help prevent decay in your children’s teeth.
Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your whole body.
With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, gum disease and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that are linked to poor oral hygiene are: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Respiratory Disease, Pre-Term Birth, Arthritis and Cancer
Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive health if you are pregnant. Dr. Madden regularly sees her pregnant patients for routine check ups during their pregnancy.
In addition to reducing your risk for other health issues, practicing good preventive oral health can save you money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral health can add up. While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for fillings, root canals or dental implants, it can go a long way in reducing your need for these costly treatments.