Do you know that the goal of preventive dentistry is more than simply giving you that perfect smile? Studies have shown that oral health can be directly connected with one’s general health. Therefore now is the time that you take better care of your teeth, and it should start with visiting your dentist.
There have been some researches that shown that heart attack, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis are connected with periodontal disease. This disease attacks the gum and the bone and also the area around the teeth. How can this be? There are certain pieces of evidence that point to bacteria and inflammation in the mouth that can adversely affect a person’s blood pressure, resulting to other health problems. Therefore it is important periodontal diseases should be treated immediately.
Aside from that, maybe in a less severe problem, periodontal disease is considered as the main cause of tooth loss among adults. It is estimated that about 80% of adults will experience a form of periodontal disease during their lifetime. Of course the severity of the problem differs from one person to another. Once you get this kind of oral problem, consult your dentist as soon as possible to get you started on the right treatment.
So what can you expect your dentist to perform on you for preventive dentistry? Let us look at some of these:
1. Regular dental check up
Of course it all begins with your regular dental check up wherein your dentist will check your teeth and gum for any sign of trouble. This is a great thing because your dentist can easily spot any problem and get you into the right treatment for it. This will help keep the problem from worsening.
2. Teeth cleaning
Your dentist or at least the dental hygienist will help professionally clean your teeth. Not only will you get cleaner teeth that is perfect for smiling, but your teeth will be free from plaque and bacteria.
3. Your dentist can guide you on proper dental and oral hygiene.
Perhaps your dentist thinks your teeth are not properly cleaned. He would teach you the proper ways of brushing your teeth as well as flossing. This will keep the bacteria and plaque at bay and from ruining your teeth. Of course for this to succeed, you will have to make brushing and flossing more of a hobby.
4. You will know which oral care products are right for you.
Your dentist will guide you in selecting the best oral hygiene products to help you have whiter, cleaner and healthier teeth and gum. This often begins with the selection of the best toothpaste, toothbrush, as well as determining the frequency of using these products.
5. You will understand the importance of good diet.
Some foods are great in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and your dentist will help you by telling you which foods you should eat more of every single day. This is preventive dentistry that may not be that easy to follow for most people because they have a hard time changing their ways when it comes to eating healthy.