Preventive dental care is aimed at maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing problems and conditions form occurring whenever possible. Daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits can help prevent common conditions like cavities or decay. Preventive treatments like professional cleaning, fluoride treatments, x-rays and sealants are used to keep a patient from needing other more extensive treatments and repairs such as fillings.
Preventive dentistry provides methods for keeping the teeth and gums healthy by preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel erosion. Prevention may also include watching for early warning signs or high risk factors and developing a treatment plan to prevent serious conditions from occurring.