This area of the profession is every single practice, professional or not, that helps to prevent oral disease. It includes your daily oral hygiene habits and your regular cleaning appointments. It is a combined effort. One cannot succeed without the other.
Home Dental Hygiene
Professional Dental Hygiene
Regular Dental Visit: During this visit, the dentist will evaluate your TMJ, soft tissues and teeth to be sure everything looks within normal limits. Dental x-rays will be taken as considered necessary to assist on teeth evaluation. Finally, if there is no periodontal disease, a regular dental prophylaxis (cleaning) will be done. The latter consists of dental plaque and dental calculus removal. This will help to prevent gum disease and halitosis (bad breath). It is recommended to have at least two dental visits per year. For patients with history of periodontal disease, three or even four dental visits are recommended.
Fluoride Application: Topical fluoride benefits are well documented. It helps to prevent tooth decay on children and adolescent. It transform the tooth material from hydroxyapatite to fluorapatite, which is a stronger, cavity-resistant mineral.
Sealants: Dental sealants help to protect teeth chewing areas from decay. They seal pits and fissures irregularities, preventing dental plaque adhesion to them.
Preventive dentistry has played a vital role in minimizing many different oral diseases. It is the main reason why so many patients have been able to retain their teeth longer, even on their late adulthood, improving their quality of live and helping their overall health.