Preventive dentistry involves all the procedures that help to prevent infections even before they start. It includes certain procedures that are performed at a dentist’s office as well as those which can be followed at home. Some of them are listed below.
Dental cleaning: Oral cleaning is a simple and effective means of removing the adhered tartar deposits from the teeth and roots. An ultrasonic scaling appliance is used for this, which dislodges the tartar by vibrating at ultrasonic frequencies. Root planing removes tartar from the root surfaces, thereby providing relief from gum diseases.
Brushing and flossing: Brushing gets rid of the bacteria, stains, and debris from the teeth. Flossing helps to remove any food particles that are stuck in between the teeth.
Dental sealants: Sealants are used to fill the grooves of the premolars and molars. This way, bacteria wouldn’t accumulate on them to cause cavities.
Dental X-rays: Dental X-rays help to spot cavities that are sometimes hidden. Also, any sign of jawbone deterioration can be determined using them.
Fluoride treatment: Fluoride is an essential mineral present in our teeth that makes them stronger. We get the required fluoride for our body through drinking water and the toothpaste we use. But when the body doesn’t receive an adequate amount of fluoride, it could make the teeth weak and susceptible to cavities. Hence, a fluoride treatment is in order to restore the ideal amount of fluoride in our teeth.
Oral cancer screening: People who chew tobacco or smoke excessively can contract oral cancer. A dentist would check for signs of cancer such as lumps, redness, leukoplakia, etc.
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