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Prevention

Prevention

What is dental prevention? Dental prevention is the specialty within dental medicine that deals with all available preventative measures against dental diseases, gum diseases, and diseases of the jaw. Specialists in this area can focus on an education towards a prophylaxis assistant and may also obtain a certificate as a dental hygienist. The...
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What is dental prevention?

Dental prevention is the specialty within dental medicine that deals with all available preventative measures against dental diseases, gum diseases, and diseases of the jaw. Specialists in this area can focus on an education towards a prophylaxis assistant and may also obtain a certificate as a dental hygienist. The first and foremost priority of preventive dental care is the recognition of existing and potential diseases inside of the mouth as early as possible to guarantee a successful treatment because the earlier a dental issue is identified, the shorter, less invasive, and less painful its treatment will be.

What steps fall into the field of dental prevention?

The field of prevention in dental medicine includes several different steps that differ from each other by level of intensity and severity.

Primary Prevention

This step includes dental care measures that a patient can take care of by him- or herself at home, such as regular and thorough brushing, mouthwash, and the use of dental floss. These activities, when combined with a healthy and low-sugar diet, should be sufficient to halt the vast majority of dental diseases that may otherwise take a foothold inside a patient's mouth.

Secondary Prevention

This is where regular dental check-up visits with a dentist come into play in order to ensure the earliest possible detection of potentially mire resilient dental issues that may still manifest despite thorough oral hygiene at home.

Tertiary Prevention

Should a patient already suffer from existing dental diseases, he or she has to go see a dentist right away for a prophylactic procedure to avoid further complications. It is also important for the dentist to avoid any unnecessary treatment steps and to limit the amount of prescribed medicines.


Which treatments fall into the realm of dental prevention?

The specialty of prevention includes a set of about a handful of frequently performed treatments from which a dentist can choose depending on a patient's condition.  

Professional Tooth Cleaning

The most frequently performed preventative treatment is the professional dental cleaning which effectively removes the main causes of tooth decay (caries) and gum diseases: breeding grounds for bacteria, which grow on dental plaque. This treatment usually starts with a detailed consultation by the dentist, followed by a thorough removal of plaque via an ultrasonic device and a dental polishing with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Dentists recommend to their patients to come in for professional dental cleanings at least twice per year (every 6 months) in addition to regular, thorough oral hygiene with mouthwash, dental floss, and, of course, brushing twice per day.

Professional Implant Cleaning

A professional implant cleaning is more or less a dental cleaning but, as the name implies, intended for implants. Similarly to teeth, different forms of tooth replacements (implants, crowns, bridges, braces) require regular plaque removal to prevent the formation of inflammations around these forms of tooth replacements. This is why prophylaxis assistants focus on removing dental plaque on and around implants via special manual cleaning instruments.

Oral Hygiene and Nutritional Advice

After a successfully performed tooth cleaning, many dentists advise their patients on which dental care products, such as toothpaste and dental floss, will produce optimal outcomes. These consultations also cover potentially harmful foods, such as overly fatty or sugary dishes, and explain which modifications can reduce the risks to dental health. 

Oral Cleaning for Patients with Braces / Retainers and Training for optimal Dental Care

Patients who wear permanent braces have a more difficult time with their daily oral hygiene and, therefore, need to go see a dentist for professional tooth cleanings more frequently than just twice per year. Dentists also frequently advise these patients on how to optimally clean their teeth when at home.

We hope that you found this primer helpful and suggest that you take a look at our blog as well as at the dental cleaning landing page for more information:

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