What Is Preventative Dentistry?

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Why Is Preventative Dental Treatment Important?

At Bright and White Dental Spa in London, we know that preventative dentistry helps you maintain good oral health. It’s critical to keeping your mouth healthy. Routine dental checkups are a key factor in preventive dental care. A simple visit to your local dentist could save you a lot of hassle or complications in the long run. If you’re wondering what preventative dentistry is and whether it’s the best way to keep your smile bright and healthy, keep reading.


What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes a number of procedures that help you to maintain good oral health. The clue is in the name. Preventive dentistry helps you and your dentist to prepare and monitor any signs of oral health issues that could arise in the future. It’s a preventative measure to help keep your mouth happy and healthy.

Preventative dentistry helps to reduce the risk of gum disease, cavities and enamel loss. A study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that 26% of adults 20 to 64 have untreated tooth decay. Preventative dentistry could reduce the risk of tooth decay through preventative measures, or spot it early so advice can be offered on how to treat it.


The Importance Of Preventive Dental Treatment

As your dentist will be able to monitor the condition of your teeth over time, they will be able to let you know if there are any problems that need facing. It can help to prevent the need for further treatments like fillings, and your dentist will essentially be able to put together a maintenance plan to keep your teeth healthy. Although a good portion of preventative dentistry does involve taking good care of your teeth at home, a routine checkup with your dentist is just as important.

A routine checkup with a preventative dentist will be able to offer you advice and guidance on what products are best suited to maintain your healthy smile. Everybody is different and has different needs. A routine checkup will tell you all you need to know about medically approved dental care products and which ones are right for you.


Saving Money With Preventive Dental Care

Preventative dental care can help you to save money in the long run. If you’re putting off that routine checkup because of the cost, it’s going to be even more expensive for any treatments if you face oral health issues later on. If you later develop an issue that could have been prevented, you’re going to wish you’d attended a routine checkup. 

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Preventative Dentistry At Home

There are dental routines you can practise at home to help prevent oral health issues from arising. Taking care of your teeth at home is part of preventative dentistry. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and remembering to brush your tongue. Having an at home dental routine in place means that it feels like you aren’t going out of your way to take care of your teeth – it’s something you’ll do naturally every day. Make flossing and mouthwash part of your daily routine to help prevent gum disease.

A preventative dentist during a routine checkup will be able to advise you on whether your at home dental routine is effective at removing plaque. You should regularly visit a dentist for a checkup even if you have no teeth or have no issues with your teeth. Your oral and gum health should still be monitored.

There are other habits you can adopt into your lifestyle to prevent the need for dental treatment. This includes cutting down on sugary snacks and drinks and choosing sugar-free gum. We’d also recommend that you quit smoking and use a straw if you are having any acidic drinks. Adopting these habits into your lifestyle is a form of preventative care for your teeth.


Don’t Wait Until An Emergency

If a dentist notices a crack in one of your teeth, or notices that one of your teeth is close to breaking, they will be able to advise a new filling or crown to protect it. This is an example of preventative dentistry and is a much more sensible option than waiting until the tooth breaks and then having to deal with it as an emergency. 

Preventive Dentistry

How Can We Help At Bright & White Dental Spa?

At Bright and White Dental Spa, we can provide preventative dental care through routine checkups and our specialist advice. We are able to focus on the wellbeing and health of your mouth whilst making sure you are as comfortable as possible whenever you visit our dental practice.

We can also provide membership plans which offer a simple, flexible way to pay for your dental care. For a small monthly payment, we will provide you with a comprehensive maintenance, prevention and treatment programme. To find out more information about becoming a member, or to book your dental examination, give us a call today on 020 8989 6246

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