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Preventative Dentistry: Why Keeping People Out of the Chair is Important

If you can prevent something from breaking in the first place, you’ll never have to fix it. This rings true when it comes to our health, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and so on. The same concept applies in oral health in that most issues are largely preventable. With better care, hygiene and regular appointments, you lower the chance of needing to do expensive and complex repairs on neglected teeth further down the line.

It’s estimated that 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of oral disease, most cases, of which, are largely preventable. Factors that contribute to these include high sugar diets, excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use. If the right changes are made in the early stages, dental decay and gum disease can be prevented all together.

Education

Addressing inequalities in health education will ensure that everyone has access to the right support. There are many who are unaware of what contributes to poor oral health and will need more guidance. A dental professional has a duty to educate and support their patients and give them the right tools to maintain good oral health. What is truly important is reaching out to communities who may not be able to access the best dental care when they need it.

There are a number of reasons why people may not be able to see their dentist regularly, whether that’s because of financial difficulty or a busy lifestyle, life can often get in the way. Giving people the right resources to take better control means that they are less likely to need intense treatment in the future. Highlighting the importance of regular brushing and healthy balanced diets can help people prevent dental decay, tooth loss and other related health issues down the line such as heart disease.

Options

Practices can offer a number of services during routine appointments that can help prevent future long-term damage. Whether it’s in-practice cleaning or a scale and polish. Regular checks help clients and their practice maintain issues before they can get worse.

Dental staff can also help patients create their own healthy dental care plan. This would involve creating a schedule that they can incorporate into their routine and do at a time that suits them best. Practicing better habits now can help prevent a lifetime of ill-health.

Although it’s largely preventable, tooth decay is still a common cause for child hospital admissions in the UK. Children and vulnerable people are particularly at risk of poor oral health and need extra support to protect themselves. Recommending products with fluoride

can also help keep teeth healthy and decay at bay. Although most toothpastes contain this, fluoride treatment can also be administered at the practice.

Healthy mouths contribute to healthy minds. Having bad teeth can impact self-esteem and dictate whether or not someone chooses to laugh out loud or chat to friends. Social and emotional wellbeing are at stake if an individual has poor oral health and dental professionals have a duty to educate, protect and prevent.

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