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Preventive Dentistry - R. Boyd Gilleland, DDS
Preventive dentistry aims to prevent decay, cavities, gum diseases, and all dental defects or diseases that occur as a result of inadequate care. Preventive dentistry is the key to long-lasting dental health.
By: R Boyd Gilleland DDS
The teeth perform these functions every day and, as a result, are vulnerable and subject to deterioration or damage. Inadequate care of the teeth can cause tooth decay, dental cavities, tooth discoloration, and other teeth defects. These defects can also lead to loss of teeth or extraction. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, malocclusion, crooked teeth and cause the face to age faster.
In addition, missing teeth can also lead to a lot of dental diseases like periodontal diseases. These defects and their aftermath are reasons why you should take adequate care of your teeth.
Services involved in preventive dentistry include:
● Teeth Cleaning: Dental cleanings are carried out in a bid to get rid of plaque and tartar deposits that can lead to gum diseases and other dental problems. A dental cleaning procedure is a process through which a dentist uses series of dental tools to clean the gums and teeth surface. This is a form of preventive dentistry that aims to rid the teeth of decay and cavity-causing agents.
● Dental x-rays: This is a dental procedure that helps dentists to discover teeth diseases and symptoms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Dental x-rays can help to detect areas of decay that are not visible to the physical eye, bone loss, accessed teeth, etc. Dental x-rays can also help dentists to prepare for dental treatments.
● Regular Dental Exams: During this process, your dentist inspects your teeth and checks for cavities and gum diseases. Dental exams aim to check for dental abnormalities and assess your risks of developing a dental defect or disease.
● Sealant application:
● Fluoride Treatment: This involves the use of fluoride, a natural mineral, to strengthen the tooth enamel and fight bacteria that harm the teeth. It is found in water naturally and in toothpaste. But in a professional fluoride treatment, a large amount is used to strengthen the teeth.
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