Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
Regular application of fluoride in the form of varnish / gel can result in stronger teeth which are more resistant to decay. Fluoride application must be done biannually or twice a year.
Pit and fissure sealant
When the teeth are forming, they occasionally form deep grooves and pits on the biting surface. The deep grooves retain food during the process of biting which results into the formation of cavities in the tooth over a period of time. To prevent such retention and in turn the cavitation, these grooves are sealed using a sealant.
Improper brushing and oral hygiene maintenance can result in the accumulation of tartar and plaque on tooth surfaces. This further can cause tooth decay, gum problems and bad breath. Oral prophylaxis / scaling is a procedure which cleans the tartar and plaque off the teeth surfaces and restores the health of the teeth and gums.
Intervention of deleterious habits
Children showcase multiple habits like thumb/digit sucking, mouth breathing, night grinding, tongue thrusting and lip biting. These habits can have deleterious effects on the child’s teeth as well as jaws. Timely intervention to stop such habits can prevent such damage. The intervention includes both a psychological counselling approach as well as fixed appliance therapy to permanently break the habit.
When milk teeth are extracted early or shed off early due to reasons like severely decayed teeth, the space previously occupied has to be maintained in place till the successor (permanent) tooth erupts. Occasionally, this space has to be maintained for about 5-6 years using the space maintainer appliance. If such an appliance is not used, there may be problems like misaligned teeth, locking of the successor permanent teeth.
People who are involved in contact sports like wresting, boxing can report with injuries to their front teeth. In order to prevent such injuries, a mouth guard is essential. We provide customized mouth guards by taking measurement of the child’s jaw and teeth.