The term “oral health care” covers a range of practices that have the common aim of keeping the teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Good oral health care means that a person has a better chance of having healthy teeth and is less likely to need dental procedures. They are also less vulnerable to tooth decay and loss, gum disease and other unpleasant effects of not taking care of their oral health.
The exact type and combination of oral health care offered will depend on the patient’s individual issue or issues. For instance, a patient in the early stages of gum disease may receive a scale and clean along with oral health education to ensure the problem doesn’t recur.
It’s important to know that many practices are interlinked and are part of a bigger picture. This involves the patient being proactive about their oral health and maintaining great oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing and reducing sugar in their diet.
Here’s a look at some of the practices that dentists carry out as part of their oral health care service, with the goal of keeping their patients’ smiles attractive and healthy.