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Dentistry: preventative dental care — preventing problems is easier than dealing with them

Dentistry: preventative dental care — preventing problems is easier than dealing with them

CrimeaPRESS reports:

Preventive dental care includes a range of procedures and services aimed at maintaining oral health, preventing disease, and identifying problems early.. Here are some basic aspects of preventive care performed by: here:

  • professional oral hygiene: A procedure that involves removing plaque, tartar, and other deposits from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Usually carried out using special tools and ultrasonic equipment, which help clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • assessment of the condition of teeth and gums: The dentist examines the patient’s oral cavity, assessing the condition of the teeth, gums, mucous membrane, and also checks for the presence of caries, periodontitis, inflammation or other problems.
  • x-ray examination: If necessary, the dentist may prescribe an x-ray examination to more thoroughly assess the condition of the teeth, roots and bone tissue.
  • learning proper teeth brushing techniques: Your dentist can provide advice on proper brushing techniques, choosing a toothbrush and toothpaste, using dental floss, and other oral care products.
  • preventive procedures: Dental preventive procedures include, for example, fluoridation of teeth, the use of protective coatings on the surface of teeth, the use of interdental rinses and desensitizing agents.
  • drawing up an individual care plan: The dentist can help develop a customized oral care plan based on each individual patient’s teeth and gums.

All of these procedures and services help maintain healthy teeth and gums, prevent the development of diseases and ensure a beautiful, healthy smile. Regular dental visits for checkups and procedures are an important aspect of overall dental and oral care.

Preventative dental checks in clinics — how often?

The frequency of dental checkups at clinics may vary slightly depending on each person’s individual needs and oral health. However, the following is generally recommended:

  • for adults: According to most dentists, a preventive examination and professional oral hygiene (teeth cleaning) should be performed approximately every 6 months. This allows you to promptly identify and treat diseases, prevent the development of problems and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • for children: The frequency of preventive checkups can also be about 6 months, especially if we are talking about regular visits to the pediatric dentist. Early identification of dental problems and proper oral care education for children play an important role in maintaining health and preventing future problems.
  • If have certain dental problemsproblems such as periodontitis, caries or a high risk of developing them, your dentist may recommend more frequent preventative check-ups. This could be, for example, once every 3-4 months.

It is also important to remember that the frequency of dental visits can be individually tailored to your dentist’s specific needs and recommendations. Regular visits to your dentist for checkups can help prevent many dental problems and keep your smile healthy for years to come.

Teeth — it’s easy to “neglect” their condition, but… it hurts

Ignoring preventive dental checks and lack of regular oral care can lead to the development of various dental problems and “neglected” teeth. Some of the possible consequences include:

  • Insufficient tooth brushing and irregular visits to the dentist can contribute to the formation of plaque and caries. Bacteria found in plaque can attack the enamel of teeth, leading to the formation of cavities.
  • insufficient care of gums and teeth can lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and further development periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the tissues that support teeth (periodontium), including bone and gum, and can lead to tooth loss.
  • build-up plaquetartar that is not removed by regular brushing can lead to the formation of tartar. This is a hard deposit on the surface of teeth that can lead to gum irritation and other problems.
  • Poor oral hygiene may contribute to the development stomatitis — inflammation of the oral mucosa. This condition can cause discomfort, painful sores and other problems.
  • Ultimately, neglected teeth can lead to loss of teeth due to caries, periodontitis or other complications.

These problems can develop gradually and unnoticed, but if left unchecked, they can have serious consequences for the health of your teeth and gums. Therefore, regular dental checkups and oral care are important measures to prevent such problems.

But let us also note this point: you should not rely only on professional help. Much in maintaining dental health depends on the person himself.

Preventative dental care includes a series of daily activities and procedures aimed at maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing tooth decay, plaque, periodontitis and other oral problems. Here are the main components of preventive dental care:
  • It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bed, using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing should be long enough (about 2 minutes) and cover all surfaces of the teeth.
  • Use dental floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque and food debris from between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach.
  • In addition to toothpaste, you can use additional oral care products such as interdental rinses and toothpastes for sensitive teeth.
  • Sugar and acidic foods contribute to the development of tooth decay. Therefore, try to limit your intake of sweet and sour foods, and also reduce the amount of sugary drinks.
  • Include in your diet plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, which promote healthy teeth and gums.
  • Smoking negatively affects the health of teeth and gums, so to maintain oral health, try to avoid smoking.

These are the main aspects of preventative dental care. Following these recommendations will help keep your smile healthy and beautiful for many years to come.

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