Prevention is a whole range of hygiene and medical procedures designed to maintain healthy teeth. You can significantly save money by paying due attention to prevention.
How does prevention affect dental health?
Positively! Because one of the root causes of dental diseases is non-compliance with oral hygiene. Wrong selection of dentifrices, lack of knowledge of brushing technique, lack of habit of using flosses (threads for cleansing the interdental spaces) contribute to the rapid destruction of teeth. You can maintain healthy teeth by focusing on hygiene,.
How often do I need to visit a dentist?
In most cases, it is recommended to visit the dentist once every six months. In most countries of Europe and the USA, this is a prerequisite for obtaining health insurance, which is very disciplined. Depending on the index of tooth damage, the dentist can either increase the frequency to 1 time per year or reduce it to 1 time in 3 months (with a predisposition to dental diseases, most often in childhood). Timely dental prophylaxis will help prevent dental diseases.
What are the main preventative procedures?
Teeth strengthening with regular preventive measures reduces the risk of tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease. Caries and gum disease can develop due to the weakening of tooth enamel, therefore, special attention is paid to the restoration of its protective functions. The concept of preventive dentistry medicine includes:
- good nutrition with restriction of light carbohydrates;
- oral hygiene;
- regulation of fluoride level.
Oral health depends on external factors (proper dental care, social conditions, water and food quality) and internal factors (hereditary predisposition, age, anatomical features). Therefore, dental prophylaxis involves regular monitoring of health status and quality oral care.
Prevention measures in dentistry are divided into home and professional. Their combination allows you to achieve maximum effect. The sooner dental prophylaxis becomes a habit, the less time will be spent on visits to dentists. It is never too late to learn the basics of proper oral care.
Professional preventive dentistry includes:
- The use of cleaning pastes, elixirs, varnishes to increase the mineralization of tooth enamel;
- Selection of mineral and vitamin complexes;
- The use of sealants to protect certain areas of the teeth;
- Professional cleaning of teeth from soft and hard plaque;
- Strengthening teeth and healing gums.
Home dental prevention involves:
- Regular brushing with properly selected pastes;
- Use of dental floss;
- Rinses with elixirs, decoctions of herbs;
- Use of sugarless chewing gum.
Regular adherence to the doctor’s recommendations and oral hygiene helps to maintain fresh breath and healthy teeth. In this case, preventive and routine visits to the dentist will be reduced to two times a year.