Preventive dentistry involves certain dental procedures aimed at preventing the onset of oral infections and diseases. It is always better to take precautionary measures to prevent any health condition before it starts. This would keep you away from a lot of discomfort, pain and wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Oral cleaning briefly includes two procedures; scaling and root planing. Both the procedures are aimed at removing the accumulated plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth crowns and roots, respectively. Both these procedures significantly reduce the severity of gum diseases and prevent their occurrence. Also, they reduce bad breath and the formation of cavities.
Oral x-rays are essential in the determination of jawbone deterioration, cracks, fractures, underlying cavities, excessive wear of the teeth, the onset of malocclusion, drifting of teeth from their sockets, etc. They help to prevent severe conditions such as tooth loss, change in the alignment of teeth and jawbones, etc. They also allow the dentist to spot and treat underlying tumors and cysts.
Sealants are made from either composite or acrylic and are used to cover the occlusal grooves present on the surface of the molars and premolars. The grooves can house thousands of microbes though they are quite narrow in width. They directly promote the formation of cavities, thereby compromising oral health. Sealants permanently seal off the grooves and prevent the entry of microbes and debris into them, which in turn prevent the formation of cavities.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer is most often caused due to smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and chewing tobacco. Millions have been victims of oral cancer which could’ve been prevented with early detection. Some of the signs that we look for are redness, inflammation, bleeding, tissue decay, e release of pus, Leukoplakia, sores, lesions, etc. In case such signs are encountered, further treatment will be suggested to overcome oral cancer.
Fluoride is one of the most important minerals in our body. It is commonly found in the teeth and keeps them away from cavities, making them naturally strong. The body gets its ideal supply of fluoride from drinking water and the toothpaste, and failing to get the required amount will make the teeth more susceptible to microbes and cavities. We can help to replenish this amount by means of a fluoride treatment, thereby increasing your teeth’s resistance to cavities.
Along with the above-stated treatment procedures, one must make sure to practice proper oral hygiene at home. This is the first level of preventive dentistry and a lot of prominence should be given to them. Brush and floss using a fluoride-rich toothpaste twice every day for maximum protection against microbes.
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