A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. The major reason x-rays are so important is that in a regular dental exam, we cannot see between the teeth. The ONLY way to see cavities starting between the teeth is usually with dental x-rays which allow us to catch cavities when they are small enough to treat with only a filling. If we do not have x-rays to catch cavities at an early stage, they can get out of hand and lead to needing larger fillings, crowns or even root canal treatments. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.