The most effective and modern way to maintain a healthy mouth and reduce the amount of dental treatment is through preventative dentistry.
The first main cause of tooth loss is gum disease; the second is through tooth decay. If you engage in preventative dentistry, the chance of you keeping your teeth for life increases.
In order for preventative dentistry to work, we need to combine the efforts of the dentist, hygienist and you, the patient. We can then work together to avoid the need for fillings and extractions. To get your mouth into a good condition, you may need to go through treatment. You and your doctor can then work out a plan to keep your mouth healthy.
It does not matter whether you have no teeth at all or all your teeth for preventative dentistry to benefit you. Regular dental check-ups can spot and deal with diseases such as denture stomatitis or mouth cancer. The earlier children and younger adults adopt this habit, the better teeth they will have.
Steps in Preventative Dentistry
The first step to embark on the road to preventive dentistry is to have a full extensive examination with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to assess the general health of your gums and teeth and formulate a treatment plan; this will involve possible visits to the hygienist. The aim of this is to get your mouth into good health. Once this has been reached, it is easy to maintain. In a healthy mouth, a problem like a tooth decay and/or gum disease is unlikely to occur. To maintain good oral health, you will need to commit yourself to regular dental examinations and regular sessions with the dental hygienist.
In the United Kingdom patients can visit the dental hygienist on direct access scheme, without any referral and seeing a dentist first. Visits to the dentist are recommended twice a year.
The dentist and hygienist will formulate treatment plans specifically for you, including advice on smoking, types of dental care products to use, methods of tooth brushing and whether to use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush.