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Preventive Dentistry Something to smile about

Updated at: Sep 15, 2010
Dental Health
Written by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Sep 15, 2010
Preventive Dentistry Something to smile about

Dentistry, for most people, is associated with pain and a hole in the pocket…but it doesn't have to be like that at all.

Dentistry, for most people, is associated with pain and a hole in the pocket…but it doesn't have to be like that at all.

All you need to do in order to retain your teeth is to develop the right oral hygiene regimen, take proper preventive measures and find the right dentist to guide you on your path to dental wellness.


The best preventive measure is to adopt a twice a day brushing habit. The salivary flow is least active at night and the natural immunity and protection afforded by it is diminished. Brushing at night goes a long way in preventing the initiation of most dental problems.
Flossing, at least once a day, will remove disease causing bacteria from between the teeth and prevent the development of caries, gingivitis and bad breath.


Most cavities start in the grooves of the teeth and this process usually starts in childhood. The best way to supplement regular brushing and prevent cavities is to get these grooves sealed using pit and fissure sealants- an absolutely painless procedure. Professional application of fluoride gels / varnish on the teeth also strengthens and hardens the tooth surface making it more resistant to decay- again an absolutely painless procedure.


Bleeding gums and bad breath are the commonest symptoms of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). If left unchecked, it can progress to the bone supporting the teeth and result in periodontitis and may result in tooth loss at an early age. Removal of tartar / calculus (hardened deposits) by professional cleaning in the dental office will help prevent this process. Irregular / crooked teeth make the process of keeping the teeth clean difficult in addition to the obvious negative effect on one's appearance.


Orthodontics at the right time may help in improving one's ability to maintain the teeth clean and healthy.


A regular visit to the dentist (once every six months) for check-up is very important as most dental problems are absolutely painless when they begin. Early detection and remedial measures are less painful, and save you both time and money. Don't neglect your oral health and start the process of achieving dental wellness today.



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