A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Low amount of Fluoride in the mouth reduces tooth decay and you might be drinking fluoride everyday without knowing it. Many communities in Los Angeles add fluoride to their tap water supply to promote better dental health. You can contact your local water company to find out if there is fluoride in your tap water. Most bottled waters are not fluoridated (unless mentioned on the bottle) so you may not be getting fluoride if you are drinking only bottled water.