Preventive care treatment is very useful when it comes to catching diseases on time for effective medication for them. At times, ailments like oral cancer and gingivitis begin showing their symptoms much earlier, but they are not nipped in the bud. If they are, then there are chances of full recovery and the patient not suffering from much of discomfort either.
This is one aspect of dental care which must be understood even in the case of children. It is the duty of pediatric dentists also to inform the children and their parents of the importance of oral health and hygiene habits. These habits are formed during childhood years. First and foremost, the essentiality of brushing teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each should be stressed upon them. Also, the exact way and manner of dental brushing should be taught to them. Also, dental flossing should be undertaken at least once each day. The technique of this too should be taught to children and even to adults if they do not already know.
Along with the above, it is necessary to stress the importance of eating good foods which give us the necessary minerals and vitamins which will make our teeth healthy. For children, it is essential for them to know that they must take full care of their milk teeth as well. Some people tend to neglect their milk teeth because they will soon fall off and new teeth will come in their place. This is not a good habit. Thus, it should be emphasized upon them.
What else comes in the bracket of preventive care?
Treatment like regular check-ups which ensure on-time screenings of diseases comes in this category, as touched upon before. Also, one must come to know various nuances like not consuming too much tobacco or nicotine since these cause damage to the teeth. Also, one must be aware that intake of too much of tea, coffee and drinks like red wine will result in teeth staining. Hence, if one does ingest these, it is best to follow strict oral hygiene habits so that staining does not happen. Also, one must make sure that foods like beetroot too may result in teeth staining and hence to take the necessary action if one is eating these.
Then again, if one has root canal therapy done, it is advisable to go in for periodic check-ups so that any other follow-up treatment, if required, can be done. The same holds true for dentures and dental implants. Follow up treatments, minor adjustments, professional cleanings – all must be undertaken on time so that any other piping up ailment, which is due to happen, will be caught in the bud.
If one has any spots or swelling in the gums or any bleeding in the mouth – make it a point to get it checked up before the problem escalates. Diseases caught well in time, as can’t be emphasized upon enough, are diseases which can be taken care of. This is the golden rule which should be followed at all times.
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