Preventive Dentistry

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To keep our patients smiling, we believe that preventive care is necessary in order to avoid cavities, gum infections, enamel wear, tooth loss and more. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene has become critical since the advent of refined diets which could lead toa range of oral diseases.

Our preventive services include:

  • Routine Dental Exam
  • Digital Intraoral Dental X-rays
  • Oral Prophylaxis
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants
  • Serial Extraction
  • Space Maintainers

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What are the best practices for healthy teeth?

Our team of doctors recommend the following Best Practices for healthy teeth:
  • The first step is to brush twice a day, religiously. This is a healthy habit that can keep your teeth healthy for a long time. Brushing before going to bed helps fight off the bacteria that stay in your teeth while you sleep, causing harm to your tissues.
  • Remember to floss every day. Flossing gets rids of the particles stuck between your teeth which can lead to cavities.
  • Rinse after every meal. This ritual ensures that all the food particles stuck on your gums are washed away. Rinsing your mouth regularly will keep your teeth healthy.
  • Teeth need nutrients too. Eating balanced meals packed with vitamins and minerals and drinking plenty of water, keep your teeth healthy and strong. Avoid carbonated drinks.  
  • Visit a dentist. The above best practices will be beneficial only if they include a visit to the dentist every 6 month. A routine check-up helps your dentist assess if the practices you’re following are good enough or if you need other measures to empower your smile with better oral health.

How often should one get dental check-ups?

We advise individuals with good oral health to visit a dentist once a year but patients with a bad oral health history must visit a dentist every six months to ensure good oral hygiene.

How often do children need check-ups?

Early identification of developing infections or diseases is necessary in a child. Hence, we recommend that the child be brought in for consultations every 6 months.

Is fluoride safe?

Yes, fluoride is completely safe. Whether it is in the quantity present in tap water or in the toothpaste commonly used. It actually helps in strengthening teeth, maintaining good oral hygiene and in the prevention of cavities.

Do fissure sealants hurt?

No, fissure sealants do not hurt at all. The procedure is very simple and straightforward without the usage of anaesthesia.

How to prevent dental and gum decay?

We suggest the following:

  • Routine Dental Exam
  • Digital Intraoral Dental X-rays
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants:  Sealants are a safe and painless way to prevent tooth decay. They are applied in the deep fissures and pits of back teeth (molars and premolars) which are more susceptible to decay. A protective barrier is placed on the tooth surface which keeps the tooth safe from decays.
  • Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is a mineral which increases the strength of teeth and also prevents decays and good for both children and adults. Fluoride gel is applied on trays and then placed on the teeth wherein it forms a strong layer thereby making the teeth resistant to decays.

How can one prevent gum diseases?

We recommend the following procedures:

  • Plaque Removal: The main cause of gum diseases is poor oral hygiene. It leads to plaque formation on the surface of teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and healthy eating habits can prevent plaque formation. Patients with gum infections can visit a good dentist to get their teeth cleaned. This process helps in the easy removal of plaque.  

Oral Prophylaxis:  This is a simple procedure of professional cleaning of teeth. A process which dislodges the plaque deposits on the teeth and hence maintains the health of the gums. To maintain good oral hygiene, this should be done at an interval of 6 months.

How to avoid crowding of teeth?

Our expert dentists suggest the following procedures: 

  • Serial Extraction: This is a planned extraction usually implemented at a young age of 8/9 years. Certain deciduous teeth and specific permanent teeth are extracted to guide the erupting permanent teeth into a favourable position thus preventing the possibility of crowding in the future.  
  • Space Maintainers: Sometimes, early loss of deciduous teeth occurs due to caries, trauma or early shedding of milk/primary teeth wherein the space for upcoming permanent teeth is lost, especially if the posterior teeth move forward. In order to save this migration of adjacent teeth into this empty space, space maintainers are given. These are custom-made and preventive appliances to ensure no complication in the growth of new teeth.

Who all are benefitted from preventive dentistry?

The best part about Preventive Dentistry is that everyone benefits from it in different stages of life. In childhood, when the teeth are just emerging to the stage when one might have a chance of losing their teeth or have lost some. Preventive care also helps kids fight tooth decay from eating too many chocolates and also ensures that the newly grown permanent teeth are strong and fit. In young and older adults, preventive oral care maintains the health of their teeth, an important aspect for healthy living because a smile can reflect the state of an individual’s health. To summarise, oral healthcare is a window to one’s overall well-being. Healthy teeth add healthy years to one’s life.  

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