Preventative dentistry is the area of dentistry aimed to help people prevent oral disease and its further development. Preventative dentistry includes not just in-office dental care, but at-home treatments as well.
Some examples of at-home treatments include:
Regular brushing– the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day and directly after meals, when possible.
Proper brushing is essential in preventative dentistry. The proper way to brush your teeth is to use a soft nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Next both the tooth surface and the gum line should be brushed by placing the brush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line and brushing gently in a rolling back-and-forth motion on the surface of the teeth. When brushing you should cover the inner surfaces of your teeth and then tilt the brush in order to brush the front teeth. The ideal brushing technique also involves the brushing of the tongue.Brushing should last until all teeth a gum lines have been thoroughly brushed.
Some examples of preventative dentistry you might receive in-office include:
Prophylaxis (cleaning of the teeth- removes built up calculus (plaque).
A mouth guard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth and can help protect your smile as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw
While preventative dentistry aims to help patients avoid dental disease, it also helps in the early detection and treatment of dental disease. By getting regular check-ups and screenings for oral disease you will increase your chances of catching something before it gets serious. The ADA recommends that patients seek dental care from a dental care professional at least twice a year. This is suggested so that the dentist may detect and hopefully prevent the signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, or any form of dental disease detected during a visit to the dentist’s office. For any further information please contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado today
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