Preventive dentistry focuses on the dental treatments and practices that help people prevent dental problems or other disease in the mouth. It includes not just in-office dental care, but at-home treatments and practices as well.
At-home treatment examples:
- Brushing two times a day and directly after meals, when possible
- Flossing at least once a day is recommended
- Regular use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash before brushing and a high fluoride mouthwash after brushing is recommended
- Limit eating and drinking between meals
- Having a diet that includes foods with low levels of sugar and carbohydrates
- Avoiding altogether or consuming fewer sodas and other beverages that are highly acidic and sugary
- Healthy foods and snacks include cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts – healthy for body and teeth
A proper brushing technique is essential. Use a soft nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Brush both the tooth surface and the gum line by placing the brush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line. Gently brush in a rolling back-and-forth motion on the surface of the teeth and along the gum line. Be sure to brush the inner surfaces of the teeth and gums on the roof of your mouth and tongue side of your mouth. Then brush your tongue. Studies have shown that two minutes of brushing time is needed to adequately clean your teeth.
In-office treatment examples:
- Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) or periodontal therapy (gum disease treatment) to remove built up calculus and/or plaque
- Visual, tactile and x-ray examination of the mouth and teeth by dentist to reveal any presence of disease, tooth decay, or other oral health problems, including oral cancer
- Dental sealants to protect chewing surfaces of the teeth from decay
- Mouth guard fabrication to protect teeth, restorations and jaw joint from night time clinching and grinding
The goal of preventive dentistry is to help patients avoid dental disease. Furthermore, it aids in the early detection and treatment of dental disease. By receiving regular check-ups and screenings for oral disease, you can catch something before it becomes serious and more costly. It is recommended that you visit your dental care professional at least twice a year so that they can detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or various other forms of dental problems or diseases in the mouth. For further information please contact Dr. Bonner or Dr. Hutchens for an appointment today at (304) 229-5851 or contact us through our website at bonnerhutchensdds.com.