Preventive Dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth before they get decayed or pyorrhea. It means this helps to avoid cavities, gum diseases enamel wear, etc. There are mainly two forms of preventive dentistry one is home care like brushing, flossing & balanced diet. Another form of preventive dentistry is to fill the susceptible area of tooth with pit & fissure sealants generally cavities start from fissures of tooth surface & contacts between two teeth, so it is wise to fill pit & fissures if someone is prone to curies. Regular cleaning of teeth once yearly is also good for healthy gums which helps preventing gingivitis & pyorrhea.
- Oral health is not only important to the condition of your smile but also of your body.
- Poor oral health can cause disease in the body such as heart disease and stroke mainly because of pyorrhoea.
- Routine dental check-ups with us every six months are necessary to your dental health.
- A good dental care routine means keeping periodontal disease and decay away.
- Children’s need to learn how to care for their teeth even before permanent teeth emerges. We show how to develop good habits that last for lifetime.
- Teens need regular check-ups to make certain continued good oral health as they move into adulthood. Problems with tooth alignment often start at this age, which require specialised attention.
- As we age, the condition of teeth can change. Tooth wear is the term used to describe the progressive loss of a tooth's surface due to actions other than those which cause tooth decay or dental trauma. Progressive loss of tooth substance occurs because of acid dissolution and no bacteria are involved. Mostly the result of too frequent use of carbonated drinks, fruit juices with high level of acid content, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
- Loss of tooth substance from occlusal surface caused by mastication or grinding between opposing teeth. For example clench or grind their teeth during sleep, betel nut chewing.
- Loss of tooth substance near gum margin is commonly associated with incorrect brushing technique, giving rise to notching at the junction of the crown and root of teeth.
Dental Hygiene Care
We recommend routine cleaning once in a year. During routine cleaning we will scale and polish your teeth, take necessary x-rays and provide oral hygiene instructions.
We will remove plaque from your teeth during cleaning. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums after eating foods that produce toxins.
If we do not remove plaque for extended period of time, the tooth start to decay which can lead to cavities. Acid is produced when sugars in food react with bacteria present in the dental plaque on the tooth surface. The acid produced leads to a loss of calcium and phosphate from the enamel which is called as dental caries and thus dental caries starts.
Plaque can also leads to gum irritation, soreness and redness at the neck of the teeth. Sometimes gums may begin to bleed. This process can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. The biofilm (plaque) can also form pockets around tooth structures that eventually destroy the bone beneath the tooth. This is why it is important to clean the teeth on a regular basis.
Preventive Dentistry FAQs
1How do I prevent cavities ?
Routine checkups at period of every six months and updated X-rays to detect problems early and cleanings with a dentist are the best things we can offer for prevention and early detection. We will demonstrate proper brushing technique, we discuss about decay causing foods to avoid and how to keep your mouth healthy.
2Why are my teeth sensitive ?
Some common causes for sensitivity includes cavities, loss of enamel layer because of betel nut chewing or cracked teeth, faulty brushing technique or occasionally recent gum recession fillings and crowns.
3Do I need X-rays ?