Preventative dentistry aims to prevent common dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease from advancing or developing. Tooth decay is caused by sugars reacting with plaque bacteria in the mouth, creating harmful acids that soften your tooth enamel.
Meanwhile, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. If left untreated, gum disease can advance to a more severe form called periodontal disease, which leads to tissue and bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.
Early signs of gum disease include redness, discomfort, and bleeding when you brush. Tooth decay usually exhibits visible signs of demineralisation like black spots. The formation of a cavity may also lead to increased sensitivity and a toothache.
Good oral hygiene practises also help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay developing or advancing. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will ensure your mouth is as free of bacteria as possible. Regular professional cleanings may be necessary to remove stubborn tartar build-up in hard-to-reach areas.
Preventative care has innumerate benefits for the patient. It can reduce the prevalence of dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease, thereby helping to prevent unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms like toothache and gum inflammation.
Aside from the physical benefits, a routine of preventative care can significantly reduce the need for dental treatment in the future.
The best way to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene at home is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing at least once a day. Using an antibacterial mouthwash can also help to dissolve and wash away plaque bacteria in any areas you might have missed while brushing and flossing.
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