Prevention is Always Better than Treatment

Written by gentle_24

July 24, 2023

Prevention is the most effective way to maintain your oral health. The aim of preventive dentistry is to avoid the onset of decay, gum diseases, and tooth loss. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth will prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque, and reduce the chances of decay. Eliminating dental caries will mean the teeth can remain healthy and strong and won’t be weakened by decay and cavities. Gentle and Caring Dentistry Maroubra promote early diagnosis and treatment to save your teeth, gums, and money in the long run.

Preventive dentistry promotes the importance of maintaining good oral health care. Practising good dental hygiene keeps the mouth clean, decreasing the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth effectively controls the build-up of dental caries, which prevents the onset of decay, disease and oral cancers. The promotion of oral health care isn’t just about keeping your teeth and gums healthy; oral health has a significant impact on your overall health, well-being and lifestyle.

Oral health care

Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet, with a reduced sugar intake. Eat lots of healthy, crunchy vegetables that promote chewing and saliva flow.

Avoid highly acidic and sugary beverages, like soft drinks and fruit juices.
Drink plenty of water, especially after eating and drinking sugary foods and drinks to promote saliva and break down bacteria.

Fluoride promotes the remineralisation of the teeth. Fluoride treatments can be undertaken at the dentist. We recommend using fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses at home.

Regularly visit your dentist for check-ups and cleans. Check-ups every six months are important because problems with oral health can develop very quickly. Addressing problems as early as possible is the most effective way to prevent further damage.

Maintain a good oral health care routine. A multifaceted, disciplined routine should be maintained. Brush thoroughly twice a day for two full minutes and floss every day. Rinse the mouth with water and mouth wash when possible after eating and drinking.

Awareness of potential problems, as well as signs and symptoms of various complications such as decay, gingivitis and oral cancers, is important. Patients who are aware of their oral health are more likely to notice changes that require attention.

Early Intervention

All patients benefit from preventive dentistry. Children in particular benefit from preventive measures and early intervention treatments because their developing adult teeth come through healthy and strong. Some treatments, such as orthodontics in certain cases, are most effective when undertaken before the jaw has fully developed. Early consultations will identify the need for any orthodontic treatments that may be required.
Adults benefit from preventive treatments because they have greater chances of keeping their natural teeth for as long as possible. By preventing excessive decay and maintaining a clean and healthy mouth, the teeth are less likely to demineralise and weaken, for an overall healthy and natural smile.

Gentle and Caring Dentistry Maroubra

For more information on effective preventive dentistry practices or to book an appointment, contact Gentle and Caring Dentistry today.

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