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. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
What does preventive dentistry do?
Preventive dentistry prevents people from developing dental problems later on. If you use proper dental care, you can avoid or lessen the effects of cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss and periodontitis.
Brush & floss your teeth daily
The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste at least twice or even 3 times a day. 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.
Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the correct way. At your next dental appointment, ask your Alba Dental Centre hygienist for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you’re getting the full benefit.
How often should you visit your London Dentist?
At Alba Dental Centre, Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki recommend seeing them at least once per year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. If you’re at a high risk for dental problems, you’ll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. If you’re at a low risk for dental problems, you may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. Dental cleanings and exams allow our London dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.
If you have dental insurance, find out what’s covered. Many insurance plans cover two preventive dental visits per year.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Total body health benefits of preventive dentistry
With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, cancer and premature birth and low birth weight babies.
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 as you are at a higher risk for gum disease.
In addition to reducing your risk for other health issues, practicing good preventive health can save you money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can add up. While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it can go a long way in reducing your need for these costly treatments.