One of the most important keys to optimal dental health is preventing issues before they happen. It’s much more affordable and comes with less pain if you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Keep up with your regular teeth cleaning and oral exams and be sure to adhere to the following recommendations by the American Dental Association:
- Brush your teeth twice each day, using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
- Get a new toothbrush approximately every two months. If the bristles are frayed, do so sooner.
- Use floss to clean between your teeth each day to remove plaque and food particles. Bacteria trapped between your teeth and underneath the gum line leads to tooth decay.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Restorative dentistry is concerned with diagnosing, studying and managing diseases of the teeth and their support structures. It also involves rehabilitating dentition, which pertains to the development of teeth and their arrangement inside the mouth.
Prosthodontics, or prosthetic dentistry, pertains to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral health, function, comfort, and appearance of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.