A preventive dental care program is a cooperative effort between a patient, dentist, and their staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures. This is accomplished by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. This continues in the dental office where dentists work to promote and maintain oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Dental sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth from tartar and plaque and may additionally improve overall health.
Some of the best ways dentists work to help patients prevent tooth decay and maintain oral health include:
Dentists will also encourage patients to brush and floss teeth as a regular part of an oral care dental plan. The ADA recommends regularly visiting your dentist to maintain oral health and prevent periodontal disease development and other dental issues related to the teeth and gums.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a beautiful, confident, healthy smile.