Preventive Dental Health

Prevention is better than cure!
We know this and the reasoning is sound. Preventive health care saves millions of dollars annually as opposed to the intensive, protracted treatments that may be needed to treat cancers, diabetes and dementia, and oral healthcare is exactly the same.
Restorative dentistry is a far more expensive option than preventive cleaning checkups and x-rays. Crowns and bridges cost over a $1000 dollars and replacing missing teeth with implants etc will cost several thousands of dollars.
Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable, and the way to prevent them is easy. By using a toothbrush whether it is electric or manual, some kind of cleaning in between your teeth, little brushes or floss, and regular checkups at the dentist or hygienist, hopefully no more will be needed.
Those of us, who have existing fillings, will at some point need to have them replaced…..it’s a fact, and it should be a consideration before the filling/restoration is placed.
Preventive dentistry focuses on your education and understanding what is normal for you. We all watch our skin for changes and pop into the skin clinic for our annual check; the mouth is exactly the same.
When we examine your mouth, we look at all the oral structures, lips, cheeks, floor of the mouth, which is a common site for oral cancers. The same risk factors will cause oral cancers, smoking drinking, previous history in other sites. People with no teeth aren’t exempt from oral cancer and should have a soft tissue check annually.
Patients suffering from diabetes may find that their sugars are unstable if they have bleeding gums, and gum disease. If the surface area of your gums was an area of infection on your leg, the endocrinologists would freak. The small blood vessels that serve your eyes, toes and gums (the peripheral vascular system) are compromised in diabetics, so we have regular eye tests (preventive) to intervene early, exactly the same in your mouth.
Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems, such as infection, damage to bone or nerve, and tooth loss. Infection from tooth disease can even spread to other parts of the body and in rare cases, can lead to death.
You can practice preventive dentistry on yourself by adopting these healthy habits:
• Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day.
• Floss/brush between teeth once a day.
• Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. This will help ensure a beautiful smile for a lifetime.
If you have someone you love and care for and you are aware its been a while since they visited the dentist, encourage them to make an appointment for an oral health check. It could be the best thing you’ve ever done.

By | 2016-10-19T22:09:17+00:00 June 9th, 2016|preventive|0 Comments

About the Author:

Kim is one half of BKP Dental. Being a husband and wife team, she is an integral part of the team. As well as being a qualified Dental Hygienist, she takes on a big role in the back end of the business, as well as the front end, at reception.

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