Why is preventive dentistry important?
Adults and children with a healthy mouth have a better chance of general health. Oral conditions can interfere with eating and adequate nutritional intake, speech, self-esteem, and daily activities. Severe decay can affect growth and development. Adults and children with dental pain may be unable to concentrate in their respective work and school. In addition, a healthy mouth is more attractive and gives you confidence in your appearance. Most importantly, preventive dentistry can result in less extensive—and less expensive—treatment for you and your family.
The Parents’ Role in Preventive Dentistry
After a thorough oral examination and an assessment of your child’s risk for developing cavities, your Coquitlam pediatric dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic will design a personalized preventive program of home care for your children. Such a program includes brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling, and, if necessary, fluoride recommendations. By following these directions, you can help give your children a lifetime of healthy habits and beautiful smiles for life.
Preventive dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the preservation of healthy teeth and gums and the prevention of dental caries and oral disease. Preventive dentistry leads to a healthy smile for life.
At Sunrise Dental Clinic, we practice preventive dentistry with a passion, to manage and maintain beautiful smiles. In addition to regular dental visits for the entire family, preventive dentistry for children is very important and requires parental involvement with daily oral care at home.
When to Start Preventive Dentistry
Daily cleaning of the teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts. Visit your family Coquitlam dentist when the first tooth emerges, or no later than the child’s first birthday, to establish a dental plan. Early visits to a pediatric dentist are the foundation of a lifetime of good oral health and a great smile. The earlier you visit your dentist, the better the chance of preventing dental diseases, which helps you build a cavity-free smile.
Preventive dentistry includes
- proper nutrition and good dietary habits.
- brushing and flossing.
- fluoride treatments.
- regular dental checkups.
- general oral hygiene.
- cavity risk assessment.
- evaluation of oral growth and development.
- oral health education.
- protection against injuries.
- management of oral habits.
- guidance of erupting teeth.
How Dentists at Sunrise Dental Clinic Can Help Prevent Dental Problems
Tooth cleaning and polishing and fluoride treatments are very basic parts of your prevention program. However, there is much more that can be done. For example, a dentist at our Coquitlam dental office can apply sealants to protect your teeth from tooth decay, help you select a mouth guard for work or sports to prevent injuries to the face and teeth, and provide early diagnosis and care of orthodontic problems. Your Coquitlam dentist is uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventive care to ensure you and your family a happy smile.