What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry, as the name suggests, is taking preventive steps by yourself with the help of your dentist to care for your teeth and keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more, which means you have less need for dental treatment. It also increases your chance of keeping your teeth for life.
Your dental team may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a routine in order to help you keep it that way.
Who benefits from Preventive Dentistry?
Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children and young people stand to gain most because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy.
Ageing adults benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps them to keep their real teeth.
It is useful to remember that oral health is connected to body health as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, and maintaining a clean mouth is a big positive towards looking after your overall health.