Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth and means you need to have less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are dental decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.
Advantages: When the dental team and patient work together, this can help to prevent the need for treatment - especially fillings and extractions. Your dental team may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a ‘maintenance plan' to help you keep it that way.
Why does healthy eating matter?
The most common dental problems are caused by food and drinks
- Bits of food left on teeth form plaque which causes gum disease if it is not cleaned off regularly.
- Bacteria in plaque produce acids which cause decay.
- Acids in food and drink can dissolve away tooth surface this is called 'erosion'.
A healthy diet and good oral hygiene should prevent most dental problems. You can reduce the risks for your mouth by having sticky or acidic food and drink less often.
Nutritionists give the same advice as dentists about healthy eating. If you change how you eat so as to look after your teeth, the rest of your body will be healthier too.