FAQs About Preventative Dentistry

Here are the most frequently asked questions concerning preventative dentistry.

What is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is the practice of taking care of your teeth to prevent future oral complications. They involve simple actions like brushing and flossing and intricate processes like digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and oral cancer screening.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The best way to maintain oral health is by visiting a dentist at least once every six months. These check-ups can be part of your routine dental appointments or get done separately, depending on your preferences.

How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?

When left unattended, periodontal disease can hurt your health. It can cause complications like heart disease, stroke, low-weight births, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss, which is in itself a precursor to other serious health problems.

How do I Protect My Teeth from Wearing Down?

Aging, eating, and talking are the involuntary acts that make your teeth wear down. Other complications that wear down your teeth are bruxism (teeth grinding), jaw pain and headaches (TMD), and uneven biting.

Excessive wearing down of teeth makes you more susceptible to tooth decay and causes migraines, neck issues, and other uncomfortable conditions. This is one of the reasons why dentists make mouth guards. These are protective equipment that helps fight bruxism, especially during the night.

How Can I Reduce the Risk of Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer not only destroys your oral health, but it also hurts your overall physical well-being. Preventativedentistry can help in the early detection and treatment of this condition. Modern dental clinics use advanced technology to perform oral cancer screening and have counselling programs that teach patients how to reduce the risk of mouth cancer.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Yes, which is why it is an ingredient in most toothpaste brands. It helps in preventing and repairing the damage caused by the acid formed by food remains and plaque. Also, it is useful in preventing tooth decay. Since it’  introduction in the 20th century, fluoride has contributed significantly to the reduced occurrence of tooth decay and tooth loss cases.

What Does Plaque Look Like?

Plaque is a sticky and colourless film that forms on your tooth’s enamel. This film has countless bacteria that react with sugary foods to form acids that wear down your teeth. Over an extended period, the acid can eat away the entire enamel to create a hole known as a cavity.

If unremoved for a long time, plaque hardens to form tartar. The tartar then causes swollen and bleeding gums. This is called gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

How Long Do Mouth Guards Last?

Customized mouth guards have a lifetime ranging between two and ten years. This depends on the extent and impact of your bruxism.

What is a Tooth Fissure?

Naturally, all teeth have recesses on the biting surface. Molars and premolars also have deep fissures that make it challenging to remove plaque when brushing. If left unremoved, the plaque in the fissures forms an acid which eventually causes cavities.

How Are Fissure Sealants Applied?

Like a white filling, dentists start fissure sealing procedure by cleaning the affected surface to remove potential tooth decay. After this, the doctor applies a flowable liquid material and hardens it using a special ultraviolet light.

Do Fissure Sealants Have Side Effects?

It is rare for fissure sealants to cause side effects. However, it would be best to consult a dentist if you experience discomfort after the procedure.

How Much Do Sealants Cost?

The level of treatment required determines the cost of fissure sealants.