Preventative and Children’s Dentistry
Preventative dentistry is “a philosophy and method of dental practice that seeks to prevent the initiation, progression, and recurrence of dental disease.”
In preventative dentistry the dentist and the patient need to work as a team in achieving an optimal oral health. Patient education therefore plays an important role in disease prevention.
Dental sealants and Fluoride therapy are used widely around the world as the two treatment methods in prevention of dental caries in mainly children and adults.
The use of mouth guards has been advocated by many dentists as a form of prevention of teeth and jaw trauma as a result of sport injuries.
An occlusal splint also known as a night guard or bite guard, is an appliance prescribed to patients for treating teeth gridning (bruxism) at nights. It protects the teeth and other vital oral structures by providing a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth.
There are many different designs of night guard available to assist with patient comfort and compliance.