• Peter Rickford

What are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?


Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry.

Children, in particular, because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decay in your children’s teeth. If you’re an ageing adult, you can benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps you to keep your real teeth.

With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health.

A number of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and cancer may be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups during your pregnancy.

Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your overall health. To maintain optimal oral health, it is recommended that you visit your dentist at regular intervals. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.

Brush Your Teeth and Floss Daily

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with approved fluoride toothpaste. Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath.

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces, you may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing correctly. At your next dental appointment, ask your dentist for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from using this tool.

Visit Your Dentist

You should see your dentist at least once per year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. If you’re at high risk for dental problems, you’ll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. Dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.

Call any Novacastrian Dental surgery to make an appointment or visit www.novacastriandental.com.au

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