Preventive dentistry is a mix of consistent checkups with healthy habits such as brushing and flossing. Preventive dentistry sustains good oral health. It includes regular check-ups or exams every six months, teeth brushing and flossing, and routine X-rays.
Dentists that specialize in preventive dental care are called general dentists or pediatric dentists. General dentists give their patients instructions on how to maintain oral hygiene and give them regular appointments. During these regular appointments, dentists conduct teeth cleanings, exams, X-rays, and dental fillings (if needed). Moreover, they can recognize potential issues before they arise or worsen. Pediatric dentists (children’s dentists) specialize in dental care for children. The majority of kids begin with dental care when their first tooth becomes visible. Pediatric dentists see their patients (children) regularly until their teens.
Preventive dentistry offers numerous benefits, such as:
- Reduces risk for tooth decay development, gum infections, and other dental issues.
- Encourages good oral hygiene habits.
- Identifies potential problems.