Preventive Dentistry in Adults

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Many people say that dentistry is expensive. But do you know what makes it expensive? Ignorance..! People tend to ignore the early signs of dental decay or other disorders or even fail to care to avoid such problems.

What is preventive dentistry?

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All of us have heard this quote from our childhood itself: prevention is better than cure. This is exactly what we need to do and this is what blog is about. Read further to know what you can do at your home, or with the help of your dentist to prevent diseases of mouth and thus avoid any complications associated to teeth which are not just restricted to the mouth but are also linked to diseases of other parts of our body.

What are basic and major preventive Dental Services?

Oral health is linked to the General Health of a person. You know that your mouth smells bad before brushing your teeth in the morning. It is because of the bacteria present in the mouth. If not kept properly clean, your mouth can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. So keeping your mouth clean is very important in maintaining your general health also.

Preventive dentistry should be practiced from early childhood itself. But you can always practice good oral Health Care routine at any age as it’s always better late than never. With proper oral hygiene measures and dental visits at correct intervals, you can prevent diseases like dental decay, swelling of gums, bad odour, etc.

Use fluoride-containing toothpaste

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(Do not use it if you’re diagnosed with dental fluorosis due to high fluoride content) to brush twice, floss regularly and use mouthwash if your dentist recommends you to.

You should visit a dentist at least once a year and if your oral health is compromised, you should have more frequent visits, as per your dentist’s advice.

The procedures that your dentist will most probably suggest are dental scaling/ cleaning, fillings to avoid the spread of dental decay, etc. He/she will look for any lesions (colour difference or minor growths) that may pose a risk of cancer. Teeth with cracks or very big decay can be treated accordingly without causing much harm.

Diabetic patients should always take extra care in oral health

Periodontitis is a disease that affects gums and underlying bone, decreasing the strength /support of teeth. In turn, having gum disease may make it difficult to control your blood sugar. To prevent this, cleaning should be done at recommended intervals and home care should also be done.

Another problem in diabetic patients is a fungal infection called oral thrush, which causes painful white patches in your mouth. These can also be identified and treated at an early stage.

Cardiac/heart patients

Cardiac /heart patients or people who have experienced stroke should always inform your dentist or any other doctor, that they are under medication, or have undergone any cardiac treatment. Some medications of heart patients are given to prevent blood clot formation. Hence, some dental treatments done when under this medication will cause severe bleeding.

Thus, it is absolutely necessary to talk with your cardiologist and get advice on medications and also get a letter advising dental treatment and this should be produced to the dentist. They should care their oral health so as to avoid the need for complicated/surgical treatment at a later stage.

What does preventive dentistry do and why is it important?

Preventive dentistry, as the name suggests, prevents the dental disease or spread of dental disease.

As mentioned earlier it includes the early filling of decayed teeth, cleaning of teeth and thus maintaining the health of gums, detecting cancerous lesions at an earlier stage, and preventing complications in Diabetic patients, heart patients, etc.

Highlights:

  • Prevention is better than cure. So do regular dental checkups to prevent further complications.
  • Extra care is needed in the case of people with other diseases like heart problems, diabetes, etc.
  • Brush twice a day and floss to keep your mouth and body healthy.

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FAQs

Tooth decay can be prevented by?

Maintaining proper oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing to remove food debris from between the teeth (which can lead to decay between teeth)

How often should you get dental checkups?

Dental check-up should be done at 6-month interval, or at least once a year.  After you visit your dentist once, if he or she finds that your dental health is poor, the frequency of visits will increase. 
But, our team is here to help you so that you can get a dental checkup in the comfort of your home..! Just download our Dentaldost app and scan your mouth. Wait for a few minutes and our expert team will contact you.

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