The importance of preventative dentistry

At Total Health Dental of Aurora, Illinois, our team of professionals educates patients on the advantages of preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry is the focus of Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin, our highly trained and experienced dentist in the community.

What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is a term that is often used to refer to a dental practice that offers procedures and services designed to prevent dental diseases and conditions. That includes issues such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and infection. With the help of Dr. Mohsinuddin and his team, patients can educate themselves further on the steps needed to reduce their risk of negative diagnoses in the smile. Preventive dentistry encompasses two methods: instructive (the education on caring for the smile) and procedural (the services provided to prevent cavities and gum disease).

What can be done in terms of preventative dentistry at home?

Preventive dental services are those performed at the practice for the patient. However, these recall visits are only twice a year. In-between these appointments, patients have several steps and recommendations they will follow to keep the teeth clean in the meantime. Below are a few of the steps patients can take to keep their smile healthy between dental visits:

  • Brushing the teeth. Brushing the teeth after eating removes sugars and acids from the surfaces of the teeth and gums that can contribute to the formation of periodontal disease or tooth decay.
  • Flossing. Flossing is an essential step to cleaning the smile as it removes food that becomes trapped between the teeth and can reach where a toothbrush cannot.
  • Proper nutrition. In terms of oral health and overall health, patients should be mindful of what they eat and reduce the consumption of sugary foods and beverages while increasing fruits and vegetables.
  • Genetics. Specific issues within the smile may be genetic, making them problems outside the patient’s control. That is especially true in patients who have family members with poor saliva production or thinner enamel that is more susceptible to cavities. Knowing your family history can help our dentist educate you on appropriate services.

Take charge of your smile’s health with preventative dentistry

If you are looking for preventive dental services in Aurora, IL, we welcome you to book an appointment at Total Health Dental with Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin. The office is located at 2460 South Eola Road and is open to new and returning patients and families who call the practice for a visit by calling (630) 822-9600.