General Dentists – Educating Patients About Preventative Care

General dentists have many roles, and one is to educate patients about preventative care. Taking good care of the teeth and gums is important for a number of reasons, because poor oral health can lead to more serious medical problems.

Types of preventative care

There are different ways to prevent cavities and gum disease, and preventative measures can be done both in the office and at home.

Good oral hygiene

One of the biggest ways general dentists educate their patients is by teaching good oral hygiene. This begins at an early age, and many dental professionals recommend parents begin brushing a baby’s teeth and gums as soon as the first tooth makes an appearance. It is recommended that kids brush twice a day and floss once a day. For adults, a minimum of twice daily brushing and flossing is recommended to get rid of food particles, bacteria and plaque.  

Regular cleanings

While brushing and flossing are effective in reducing plaque and other harmful substances, it is often difficult to eliminate them all. That is why visiting the dentist for regular cleanings is important. General dentists have the tools that can get rid of stubborn, sticky and hard plaque, so it helps support home care. Adults should have a dental cleaning twice a year.

Dental exams and X-rays

During the cleaning visit, general dentists will also perform an oral exam. This includes looking at the teeth, gums and tongue and examining the teeth for decay. During these visits, the dentist can see if the patient has any signs of gum disease. If so, preventative advice can be given to make sure it does not get worse. About once a year, general dentists will also take X-rays of the teeth. These help dentists see things not visible to the human eye, and these include

  • Bone damage from a tooth cyst or infection
  • Bone loss
  • Areas of decay between fillings and teeth
  • Tumors
  • Developmental defects
  • Impacted teeth
  • Position of erupting teeth in children

The results of X-rays can help dentists identify problems before becoming really serious. This can potentially save the patient discomfort and money.

Sealants

General dentists often recommend sealants for children and susceptible adults. These are thin layers of plastic that provide a barrier to food and bacteria. Sealants have been shown to reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities.

Oral cancer screenings

During regular checkups, dentists offer oral cancer screenings, which can be lifesaving. This screening is done by examining the gums, tongue and cheeks for potential lesions. This test also uses advanced technology to see abnormalities that are not always visible through other methods. Although dentists recommend everyone get this screening, there is a higher risk in people who smoke or drink alcohol.

Good nutrition

What one eats also affects oral health, which is why general dentists often incorporate nutrition into patient education. Generally, dental professionals warn that sugary and sticky food and sugary drinks can increase the chances of decay and that patients with braces or sealants should stay away from hard foods.

Conclusion

If people are wondering how to prevent cavities and other oral problems, general dentists are good sources of information. This includes recommending things to do at home and providing beneficial in-office services.

Request an appointment here: https://www.familydentistryonline.net or call Old Alabama Dental Care at (770) 200-4032 for an appointment in our Alpharetta office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

How Often Should I Replace My Dentures?

Teeth that are accidentally lost or need to be removed can be replaced with dentures. However, just because dental prosthetics are intended as a permanent replacement does not mean that they last forever. The lifespan of a pair of dentures is usually about five to 10 years. Good care can help you to extend their…

Why Would A Dental Professional Recommend Mini Dental Implants?

Developed in the 1970s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in 1997, mini dental implants have become a viable option for patients who have lost teeth due to health issues or trauma. While standard dental implants are still an option for many people, mini dental implants may be recommended by your…

What Is ClearCorrect®?

ClearCorrect is a teeth-straightening system that utilizes clear aligners to move teeth into a more appropriate position. There are many benefits to choosing ClearCorrect treatment, and it is helpful to understand exactly what it is, how the treatment process works and what cosmetic and oral health concerns ClearCorrect works to fix. Everyone deserves a beautiful, properly…

How Frequently Should I Get A Dental Cleaning Done?

Did you know that brushing and flossing alone without a dental cleaning will not prevent harmful bacteria from finding their way into the mouth? These harmful bacteria affect the oral and overall health, and this explains why approximately 90% of American adults have gum disease (CDC). Dental cleaning reduces the risk of plaque buildup and…

Recent Posts

How Often Should I Replace My Dentures?

How Often Should I Replace My Dentures?

Teeth that are accidentally lost or need to be removed can be replaced with dentures. However, just because dental prosthetics are intended as a permanent replacement does not mean that they last forever. The lifespan of a pair of dentures is usually about five to 10 years. Good care can help you to extend their…

Why Would A Dental Professional Recommend Mini Dental Implants?

Why Would A Dental Professional Recommend Mini Dental Implants?

Developed in the 1970s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in 1997, mini dental implants have become a viable option for patients who have lost teeth due to health issues or trauma. While standard dental implants are still an option for many people, mini dental implants may be recommended by your…