Preventative dentistry is the heart of dentistry as it includes all measures for proper diagnosis, education, and maintenance of oral hygiene and health. It starts with a comprehensive examination, quality radiography for caries and pathology diagnosis, and a cleaning using technology current scalers and polishing. Emphasis is placed on improving the patient’s understanding of oral healthcare and their home regimen of brushing and flossing.
How often should I see the dentist?
Every 6 months a patient should make a visit to their dentist. Six months is enough time to see changes in the mouth whether it be in regards to dentition and periodontium. However, in emergency cases, a patient should seek a dentist as soon as possible.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush? Why does my breath have a foul odor?
Generally when gums bleed when brushing, it is a sign of inflammation due to plaque and calculus build-up below the gums and in between the teeth. Therefore, it is very important that the patient floss every night and brush all surfaces of the teeth twice a day to prevent bacteria and food from lodging into the gums. Foul breath is also a symptom of a patient’s poor oral hygiene and home regimen. It can also be due to bacteria on the tongue and medications that the patient may be taking. Again, it is important that the patient follow proper oral hygiene as prescribed above, brushing and cleaning the tongue and paying attention to other systemic problems.