Trends in Preventative Dentistry
Caries are still a common occurrence for most adults. However, lesion formation and progression are not inevitable because the process can be altered by plaque control, fluoride and a sensible diet. A non-invasive concept for prevention and management is emerging based on the common risk factor approach. Thanks to these modern developments, we know now that sealants are highly effective in preventing pit and fissure caries. They can be placed safely on teeth that show caries activity and can be provided without anaesthesia and without cutting healthy tooth structure. Sealants are just one essential component of a modern, science-based, prevention-oriented practice, which is focused on preventing disease rather than treating its effects. Are you interested in learning more about new trends in preventative dentistry? If so, check out this great blog by the National Academy of Health & Business, which provides a comprehensive overview of this emerging sector.
“An expanded approach helps dental professionals better manage patients from a preventative perspective. By understanding patients’ susceptibility to disease, better treatment and preventative regimens can be offered. At the start of the 1980s, there was limited scientific consensus on what constituted the disease process called dental caries and no real understanding of the bacterial biofilm that initiates the disease. Some even doubted that dental professionals or graduates ofdental assistant schools would ever embrace a preventative treatment for adult caries! Today, preventative dentistry is a dynamic and exciting field constantly innovating with the goal of helping you avoid caries.”