A lot of us try to find a solution after we encounter a problem. What if we could make sure that the problem doesn’t occur in the first place? As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. That’s what preventive dentistry is all about.
Preventive dentistry is an oral care routine designed to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The aim is to prevent various problems like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease (periodontitis), enamel damage, etc. from happening in the first place. For example, if we can keep plaque from building up on tooth surface, we can prevent cavities. By doing this, we arrest the progress of processes that might eventually lead to an unhealthy oral state.
Preventive dentistry combines oral care and practices at home with those carried out by dental professionals. So it can be as simple as brushing and flossing regularly at home to regular check-ups and getting your teeth cleaned by an expert. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a visit to your dentist once every six months. This helps your dentist track your oral health, prevent development of any diseases, preserve your beautiful smile and save you from a host of possible difficulties down the road.