What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is focused regular check-ups and treatments that prevent dental issues such as gum disease and cavities. Since the symptoms of some diseases firstly appear in the mouth, oral and dental examinations should be done at regular intervals.
Today, there are many preventive applications such as fluorides, antimicrobials, probiotics, saliva tampons, synthetic saliva that have been proven by research, which can reduce the occurrence of diseases related to oral tissues and teeth by nearly 80%.
There are preventive dentistry programs for the patients who receive orthodontic treatment, those in the high caries risk group, who carry implants and prostheses over implants, diabetics, cancer patients, and mentally disabled patients.
Children are the most important candidates for preventive dentistry. In the period starting from the age of one, to the end of adolescence, conditions such as dental caries, tooth crowding, gingival and eruption problems are solved with preventive dentistry and precautions are taken in the early period of the childhood. It is possible to eliminate the negative effects of oral health on general health with preventative programs applied in all dental branches.