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Keep Your Smile Healthy With Preventative Dentistry

February 16, 2023

‘Prevention is better than cure’ is the underlying principle that drives preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry is all about taking a proactive approach to maintaining good oral health. If you invest in preventative dentistry and take good care of your teeth now, you will be able to save yourself from a lot of pain and money associated with poor oral health further down the road. 

From consistent oral hygiene routines to regular check-ups and treatments, preventative dentistry can help you steer clear of even the most severe dental conditions like gum disease or tooth decay. We explore how preventative dentistry can help maintain oral health so keep reading to learn more. 

Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

Early Detection of Dental Conditions

As we already know, preventive dentistry is about taking proactive steps to nip any dental problems in the bud. The ability to detect dental conditions and prevent minor issues from escalating is one of the most significant benefits preventative dentistry has to offer. 

Even with daily brushing and flossing, there is still a chance of plaque buildup settling on your teeth. Without regular checkups with our dentist, this is hard to remove and it could lead to cavities, and even increase your chances of getting gum disease. But, when you come in for regular checkups (every six months), your dentist can carry out oral assessments to check for signs of any dental conditions. And during these checkups, preventative treatment like a professional scale and clean can be carried out to remove plaque and make sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. 

Helps Uncover Harmful Habits 

Preventative dentistry does more than just prevent dental conditions – it also helps uncover harmful habits that may be impacting your oral health. One such habit is teeth grinding and clenching, which can even happen without you even realising it, like when you’re asleep. Whether you’re aware of it or not, these habits can lead to wear and tear of your teeth.

During your dental checkup, our dentist will be able to identify the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding and clenching and other detrimental habits. They will then provide instructions on how to break these habits and take care of your teeth. They may also suggest treatment options like wearing a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth. 

Improves Overall Health 

Poor oral health can also impact your overall health. Reducing your risk of dental conditions may help control your risk of medical conditions that are linked to poor oral health. We may also be able to help with early detection of potential medical conditions when assessing changes in your oral health during checkups and refer you to a specialist when necessary. 

Treats Bad Breath 

The main causes behind bad breath are often poor oral hygiene routines, bacteria buildup, dry mouth conditions, and dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. With preventative dentistry, your dentist will be able to recommend treatment plans that address the root causes of bad breath. 

Preventative Dental Treatments 

There is more to preventative dentistry than regular checkups, dental cleaning and oral hygiene routines. There are also treatments that help to protect and strengthen your teeth.


Sealants are plastic coverings placed on the top of the teeth you use for chewing. These sealants act like shields to prevent food particles from entering and getting stuck deep in the grooves of your teeth. 

Sealants are a quick and easy way to protect your teeth. The process of applying sealant begins with your dentist cleaning your teeth. The coverings can then be placed on your teeth and hardened using a UV light. Your teeth will now be better protected against decay and cavities! 

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is another safe and easy way of protecting your teeth from decay. Fluoride treatment involves applying a fluoride varnish on your teeth or using fluoride toothpaste to help fight off bacteria and strengthen your teeth. Your dentist will recommend the best fluoride treatment based on your dental needs. 

You probably have a better understanding now of how preventative dentistry works and why it plays an important role in helping you maintain a healthy, happy smile. So, if you want to keep your smile healthy, make sure to set an appointment with our dental professionals at Melton Dental Group today. We are here to help you achieve the smile you deserve!