Dentists are health professionals who handle different dental problems and promote oral hygiene awareness in an individual. They are the ones who listen to their patient’s concern, evaluate what treatments are needed, and treat the patient’s problem with the appropriate preventive dental treatments.
Usually, most patients only visit their dentist whenever a dental problem arises. They are only interested in resolving their problem during any of the symptoms manifest. But commonly, the most important visit for a patient is when he/she comes in for a check-up.
Here are some of the different preventive dental treatment procedures performed in the dentist’s office:
- Dental Cleaning or Oral Prophylaxis. During this treatment, your subgingival and supragingival teeth surface will be thoroughly scaled using a vibrating ultrasonic scaler that effectively scales and removes calculus deposits and plaque that have hardened in the periodontal line. Cigarette, drinks and food stains are also removed with this treatment.
- Dental Sealants. This type of preventive treatment acts as a protective coating against plaque and cavities. Unfortunately, some people are born having teeth with deeper fissures and grooves making them more prone to tooth decay. They are mostly applied to the back teeth (premolars and molars) where tooth decay happens very often. Though an individual may brush and floss, it doesn’t guarantee that teeth may be vulnerable to plaque and tooth decay. The bristles of a toothbrush cannot extend to the tooth’s fissures and grooves to remove plaque and leftover food particles completely. These coating resins are made to cover on top of the affected teeth. Usually, sealants can survive in an individual’s mouth for more than 5 years. A reapplication may be necessary after it wears out.
- Fluoride Treatment. This ingredient is usually found in water sources although in small amounts and in tooth products like toothpaste and mouthwashes. Fluoride treatment is administered to children as their teeth are breaking out. Children who are high risk or have a history of cavities are advised to use additional fluoride. This provides extra protection against further damage of tooth decay, cavities, and plaque. However, fluoride treatments are not just for kids. They suit adults as well. Anyone who is a risk of cavities is a good candidate for fluoride treatments.
What is the importance of preventive dental treatments?
Preventive dental treatments help patients to avoid the effects of certain oral diseases such as tooth decay, and gum disease. Along with the correct practice of brushing and flossing, proper home care measures can help an individual maintain their oral health to the best of its capacity.