Last year, entertainer Iggy Azalea tweeted that she visited a dentist and had multiple root canals. She also mentioned that flossing is not optional. Moreover, she shared this with her 7 million followers on Twitter that she was at the dentist office for eight hours to get her cavities fixed. Because of this unfortunate experience, she went on to share with her the importance of preventive dentistry. She shares a message as to how important it is to floss and take care of your oral hygiene.
Earlier in 2015, Iggy had announced that she has been suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). It’s common among the young to think that because they are young, they don’t have to worry about joint problems, but many people develop TMJ during their teens. If left untreated, TMJ can become a degenerative, even crippling condition for those at a relatively young age, causing jaw pain, clicking sound, headaches, and more disabling symptoms.
This is a good reminder that prevention is always better than a cure in dentistry.
Preventive dentistry at home
Preventive dentistry at home includes brushing, flossing, and mouthwash in between brushing regularly pays an important role in a long-term health of your teeth. The benefits of this form of dentistry are numerous, and patients of all ages can realise its goal: keeping gum disease, sensitivity, cavities, and other common conditions at bay. If early signs of cavities and gum disease can be reversed, then patients can look forward to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Preventive dentistry at the dental office
A variety of procedures take place in a dental office for patients regardless of their age. The dental exam itself is a form of prevention, as the purpose of the appointment is to detect the potential for dental decay. Both during the oral exam and upon reading any dental images (x-rays) taken.
Once the exam is done, the dentist can then recommend that the patient have his or her teeth cleaned, which is helpful in the prevention of cavities and gum disease, stain removal from the tooth surface. Iggy’s example is a good reminder that prevention is always better than a cure in dentistry.
Preventive dentistry for children
Children in particular benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decay in your children’s teeth. If you’re an ageing adult, you can benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps you to keep your real teeth. Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole.
This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your overall health. Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral hygiene. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups during your pregnancy.
The most important aspect of when celebrities come forward with these announcements about their conditions is that it’s an excellent opportunity to spread awareness about these conditions.