Preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, rather than curing them or treating their symptoms. In dentistry it deals with the preservation of healthy teeth and gums and the prevention of dental caries and oral diseases.
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 also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and X-rays. 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 and beautiful smile.