Preventive Dentistry

At Better Dentistry in Durham, we provide several services to treat teeth and gums when something happens to them (restorative dentistry) or to improve their appearance (cosmetic dentistry). However, the best way to maintain good oral health is with preventive dentistry. This is a collection of good habits to keep starting as a child and continuing on into adulthood to prevent dental issues like cavities, gum disease, or even oral injuries from occurring.

What are common preventive dentistry services?

Preventive dentistry services at Better Dentistry include:

  • Regular dental exams
  • Dental cleanings
  • Routine x-rays

What is your role in preventive dental care?

In addition to seeking dental services from your dentist in Durham, you can maintain certain habits that will reduce your risk for cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. These habits include:

  • Brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily to remove food between teeth
  • Using a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after brushing and flossing
  • Avoiding acidic foods and foods high in sugar, which can harm the tooth enamel
  • Avoiding tobacco products and smoking
  • Using a mouthguard when participating in contact sports

Benefits of preventive dentistry

The biggest benefit of preventive dentistry is that it lowers your risk for developing dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. This helps save you money as it will help minimize treatment and its cost. Regular check-ups also allow your dentist the opportunity to catch serious problems like oral cancer before they become a major problem.

What is preventive dentistry for children?

Both general dentists and pediatric dentists offer preventive dentistry. You can do a lot to promote your child’s oral health. In addition to taking them in for regular exams and cleanings, you can promote good dental habits and ensure that they brush and floss regularly. Monitor habits like thumb-sucking and seek guidance if it continues after age five as this can harm the development of the teeth. Fluoride treatments and sealants are services that children can receive to prevent cavities from forming. Children who are very active or who participate in sports should be fitted with athletic mouth guards.

For guidance on how to maintain good oral health and avoid dental issues, contact us at Better Dentistry in Durham.

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