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Prevention is indeed the best approach. This article discusses how to prevent oral health issues, as the oral cavity is a gateway for harmful microorganisms.

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Dr. Chithranjali Ravichandran

Published At October 26, 2018
Reviewed AtOctober 5, 2023

In most countries, the most common reason for seeking dentist's help is severe tooth pain, bad breath or for teeth whitening disregarding their mouth cavity condition. According to my clinical experience, these patients already need a number of expensive treatments such as root canal treatment, crown placements, throrough periodontal therapies or deep fillings.

The recommended frequency of a dental check-up is every six months. And, that is because it provides total control of gum health (with plaque and tartar removal) and tooth decay. Dental caries can be spotted at a very early stage and be treated with very small fillings or fluoride application. Periodontal diseases can also be prevented by undergoing regular tartar removal and deep scaling so that tooth structure loss is minimised and prosthodontic (replacement) therapies are not needed.

I want to point out some examples of situations where preventive measures averted certain high-cost treatments. I am giving the two scenarios as prevention versus treating a bigger problem that it lead to.

Situation 1:

A) Dental caries on the enamel of molar (back teeth) is spotted during a regular check up and treated with a small filling.

Pros: Minimum teeth drilling, very little time spent on the dental chair, preservation of tooth substance.

B) Frustrated patient with severe tooth pain seeks dentist's help. The tooth decay has already infected the pulp integrity and an endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) is needed. Furthermore, a crown must be placed after the treatment to prevent the tooth from collapsing.

Cons: Maximum teeth drilling, lot of time spent on the dental chair involving multiple visits, experiencing severe pain, and severe loss of tooth structure.

Situation 2:

A) Casual teeth scaling and tartar removal during six-monthly check up.

Pros: Gum health is preserved, minimum time spent on the dental chair, bone loss is minimised while the person ages (lesser chance of losing the teeth).

B) A patient comes to the dentist's office complaining about gum bleeding, loose teeth and pain. He will require extensive periodontal treatment by a periodontist (gums specialist). He may also need a tooth extraction and replacement.

Cons: Irreversible bone loss, pain and suffering due to infection, loss of natural teeth, expensive replacement options (bridges or implants).

These two are only a couple of examples for how much skipping health prevention costs you in the long run. So, try not to postpone your dentist appointments.

Do not be afraid to visit your dentist. Dentists have only your best interests in mind. It is in your hands to take a positive approach and be proactive about maintaing your oral health and not wait until it is too late.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.

What Are The Various Ways To Prevent Dental Issues?

Dental issues can be prevented in the following ways:
- Brush teeth twice a day after meals.
- Use mouthwash and dental floss regularly.
- Avoid sticky food and sweet beverages.
- Consult the dentist whenever any dental issue arises and take regular follow-ups.
- Fluoride treatment can also prevent dental problems.
- Avoid taking tobacco products.

2.

How Can Oral Health Be Improved?

Oral hygiene can be maintained naturally by brushing teeth regularly, avoiding sugary food and drinks, using mouthwash, regularly flossing, avoiding smoke, and visiting the dentist regularly.

3.

What Are the Common Oral Health Problems?

Common oral health problems include dental cavities (tooth decay), gum infections, tooth erosion, and gum (periodontal) diseases.

4.

What Are the Measures to Control Oral Infection?

Oral infection control measures include:
- Maintaining personal hygiene.
- Screening patients before treatment.
- Processing of the instruments after every use.
- Laboratory and clinical setup disinfection practice.
- Wearing personal protective gear.

5.

How Can We Maintain Oral Hygiene Naturally?

Oral hygiene can be maintained naturally. Clove oil for the prevention of dental pain. Tooth decay can be prevented by oregano. The bark of the neem tree helps to fight infection.

6.

How Can We Improve Our Oral Health Without a Dentist?

Oral health can be improved without a dentist by lowering the intake of sugary food such as drinks and sweet snacks. It can also be managed by controlling health conditions such as diabetes. In addition, avoiding smoke, tobacco chewing, and alcohol consumption can also improve oral health conditions without a dentist’s help.

7.

What Are the Various Types of Oral Hygiene?

The various types of oral hygiene include mouth rinses, toothbrushes, dental floss, interdental cleaners, tongue cleaners, and oral irrigators.

8.

How Can We Keep Our Teeth Clean?

 
- We can keep our teeth clean by regularly brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrushes.
- Also, brushing in a short back-and-forth and circular motion can help clean teeth properly.
- Toothbrushes should also be changed every three to four months to maintain oral hygiene.
- Dental floss and mouth rinses can also help keep the teeth clean.

9.

How Can We Take Care of Our Teeth Every Day?

We can take care of our teeth daily by brushing regularly after every meal. Regular brushing helps remove plaque and food accumulated on the tooth surface as a thin white film containing bacteria. Therefore, regular brushing prevents the attack of these bacteria on the tooth enamel.

10.

Is It Too Late To Fix Dental Issues?

It is never too late to get treatment for dental problems, and it can be started by brushing your teeth regularly. However, conditions like dental fractures, severe tooth decay, recurrent infections, severe gum diseases, and other major dental issues can complicate dental problems, and thus, fixing becomes dental difficult.

11.

What Is The Primary Oral Health Care?

Primary oral health care is mainly focused on treating dental emergencies and handling preventive services. The main goal of primary oral health care (POHC) is to develop oral health policies and identify resources for oral health services.

12.

What Are the Main Goal of Oral Health?

The main goal of oral health is to prevent and control dental (oral) or craniofacial conditions, diseases, and other related injuries. It also aims at providing and improving access to dental health services.

13.

What Are the Two Most Common Dental Diseases?

Periodontal (gum) diseases and dental caries are two common dental diseases that occur in most individuals and can cause tooth loss if not treated.
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Dr. Georgios Chatzopoulos
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