Preventive Dentistry, Part I

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Prevention is better than a cure – our parents, guardians and teachers taught this to us to ensure we realized the importance of maintaining good health. Preventive dentistry also focuses on preventing dental issues rather than looking at ways to cure them. At the heart of preventive dentistry is the belief that if one follows all the important steps of maintaining good oral hygiene, several dental issues can be prevented.

Why do I need preventive dentistry?
If you speak to any of the dentists in Gaithersburg or the surrounding regions of Montgomery County, they’ll tell you that most of the dental issues that their clients experience result from poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush and floss teeth regularly and skipping dental visits explains the increase in dental emergency cases in our area. People don’t maintain oral hygiene and ignore their dental health until it creates major issues for them. Instead of relying on a cure to treat dental ailments, preventive dentistry focuses on taking care of one’s teeth so the risk of developing a major disease diminishes.

What does preventive dentistry include?
Preventive dentistry generally includes the following:
Regular brushing and flossing
Healthy diet
Patient education
Fluoride use
Routine dental visits
Injury protection

Check back to read more about each of these preventive measures.