What is prevention?
The concept of dental prophylaxis covers various activities that are aimed at preventing oral diseases, and in some cases – diseases of the whole body. During a dental checkup, a dentist is often able to see symptoms that may indicate the development of many serious diseases, e.g. diabetes, anemia, cancer, and bulimia. He should then inform the patient about them and refer him for additional tests and indicate the factors that contribute to the development of the disease, as well as provide ways to avoid them.
At Vinci Clinic, we do not identify dental prophylaxis only with oral hygiene. In our clinic, dental prophylaxis includes various activities aimed at combating or weakening risk factors and strengthening protective factors – both in the area of oral health and the health of the whole body.
Our dentists actively conduct:
- caries prophylaxis,
- oncological prevention,
- broadly defined pro-health prophylaxis.
As part of caries prevention:
- the dentist assesses the patient’s oral hygiene and determines the risk of caries and periodontal disease;
- offers the patient an Individual Hygiene Program, taking into account the conditions prevailing in his mouth. It takes into account the structure of the dentition, periodontal condition, and even the psychophysical predisposition of the patient (accuracy, dexterity, patience).
- Then carries out hygiene instruction, including the selection of a suitable brush, toothpaste and auxiliaries (dental floss, rinses, interdental brushes, etc.). Teaches the patient the right technique for brushing and flossing the tangential surfaces of teeth.
- vif necessary, it offers the patient additional hygienizative and preventive measures.
Our goal is not only to cure sick teeth. At Vinci Clinic, we look at the patient’s body holistically. This means that we feel responsible for the correct diagnosis, for finding or excluding the cause of an outbreak of infection in the mouth, and for undertaking such treatment that will enable the patient to recover or at least inhibit the development of systemic disease.
Health prophylaxis in a dental office
Among the factors that contribute to the development of such diseases as periodontitis, caries or acid erosion of enamel, there is also an improper diet.
In our clinic, we conduct dietary instruction, based on analyzing the patient’s eating habits. We correct the daily menu and recommend eliminating those products that have a negative effect on teeth. In many cases, we also ask patients to follow dietary recommendations regarding the frequency, quantity and quality of food consumed, and we support tobacco addicts in abandoning this pernicious addiction.
Many general health problems are rooted in teeth
As part of health prophylaxis, we also make our patients aware of the serious consequences for the whole body of serious negligence within the mouth. Inadequate hygiene and lack of systematic treatment often cause acute odontogenic inflammations that can endanger the health and even life of the patient.
The inflammation arising in the mouth, “spreads” toxic bacteria throughout the body and contributes to the development of many dangerous diseases. Inflammation of the kidneys, coronary heart disease, heart disease, diabetes, heart attack, weaker immunity, rheumatic disease, purulent meningitis, retinal diseases, cancers – all these serious ailments often have their source in neglected teeth.
Unfortunately, few people are aware of the systemic consequences of poor oral cavity. In our clinic, we try to make patients aware of this problem, and to warn against the negative effects of negligence.
It should be remembered that these types of toothpaste do not remove tartar, but only make it accumulate more slowly. Therefore, it is best to reach for such a paste after a visit to the dentist, who will first remove tartar.
As numerous studies have shown, the best are brushes made of synthetic bristles (nylon, perlon), which are more durable than natural, do not absorb water and which can be properly developed. Currently, it is recommended to use only bristles, the tip of which is developed “round” and perfectly polished. Only bristles designed this way ensure proper cleaning, without damaging soft tissues and enamel.
The toothbrush should be replaced every 2-3 months, because as a result of using the bristles it deforms, ceases to be flexible and delaminates. As a result, it not only does not provide proper cleaning of the tooth surface, but can also hurt the gums.