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Preventive Dentistry

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dental care is the key to keeping your teeth healthy throughout the course of your life. Nevertheless, it goes beyond that. Good oral health can affect your general health, as well. What is preventive dentistry, what are the benefits, and what kind of dental plan covers you for preventive care?


What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is dental care that helps maintain good oral health. It is a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. Taking care of your teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of your life. What are common preventive dentistry services?

Preventive dentistry services may include:

  • Regular oral exams, usually every 6 months
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Routine X-rays
  • Your dental plan may cover you fully for preventive care, depending on the type of dental plan you have.

What is your role in preventive dental care?

Much of your preventive dental care starts with you. Developing healthy dental habits early in life can help reduce cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. Here are the basics of good oral health:

Brush your teeth at least two times a day, usually morning and nigh, using a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you. They can also instruct you on how to properly brush. Floss daily to get food that is stuck between teeth before it turns to plaque. Use a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing. Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel. Be cautious with hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth. Do not smoke or use tobacco products, these can lead to cancer and other dental problems. Use a mouth guard when participating in certain sports. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a night-time mouth guard to help reduce gum recession.