What Dentists Do

what dentists doWe all know who a dentist is and that he/she provides services related to the cleaning and repairing of our teeth. But what you probably don’t know is really all that is involved in what dentists do.  Dentists have a variety of tasks and there are also more specialized dentists that have even more specific duties.  Here are some things that dentists do:

Diagnosis – Dentists diagnose and treat issues related to teeth and tissues of the mouth.  The dentist must be able to read x-rays, evaluate teeth and come up with diagnoses to help patients.

Preventative Care – Dentists help to prevent issues by instructing on good oral hygiene, educating and providing fluoride, talk about diet and nutrition and discussing issues with patients. Dentists also provide thorough cleanings twice a year to their patients.

Read more about what dentists do here: What do dentists do? | How to Become A Dentist.

What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Many of our articles speak of preventative dentistry as the most important aspect of dental health.  But what exactly is preventative dentistry? Basically, it’s the practice of caring for your teeth and mouth in order to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more.

preventative dentistryThe most important part of preventative dentistry is daily brushing and flossing.  Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every few months and as the bristles start to fray.  Also, replace it if you are sick. Flossing is important because it helps to clean the tight spaces between teeth where plaque can form and cause cavities. Begin teaching young children proper oral hygiene at the first sign of teeth so that they can maintain healthy habits and help them daily while they are still young.

Another very important part of preventative dentistry is dental cleanings and exams.  See your dentist twice a year and be sure to let them know of any issues you may be having.  Dentists will take x-rays and examine your teeth and mouth to check for problems with teeth and gums.

Lastly, eating a balanced and nutritious diet helps protect teeth by providing them the nutrients they need.

Because oral health is connected to your overall health, practicing preventative dental health is the best way to keep your entire body healthy and happy.

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